In 2010, as he and the Delaware Department of Justice prosecuted one of the worst pedophiles in the history of the United States, Beau brought Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® program to Delaware. Stewards of Children® is a two hour online or facilitator led training which teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibility to child sexual abuse. Alongside partners like Prevent Child Abuse Delaware and the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware, the Beau Biden Foundation has worked to fulfill Beau’s pledge to train 5% of Delaware’s population (35,000 adults). To date, 19,000 adults in Delaware have been trained to be Stewards of Children, including 2,000 since the Foundation’s programming began in April 2016.
Stewards of Children® is based on Darkness to Light’s 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children™ and is brought locally into communities by a network of over 9,000 volunteer facilitators. Darkness to Light, like the Beau Biden Foundation, believes that every child has the right to grow up healthy, happy, and safe. It is guided by its vision to create a world where child sexual abuse does not exist. Darkness to Light believes that protecting children is an adult responsibility, and education is critical for prevention of child sexual abuse.
This partnership ensures effective execution of what Beau believed to be critical in eradicating child sexual abuse – education, raising awareness, sharing resources, and fostering a network of committed prevention advocates. Such a network of advocates allows communities to be better prepared to help children thrive, free from the trauma of sexual abuse.
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For more information about Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children, visit www.D2L.org/Stewards
The Beau Biden Foundation proudly partners with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® to bring NCMEC’s NetSmartz® to Delaware’s schools.
One of Beau’s favorite things to do as Attorney General was to go in to Delaware’s schools and talk to kids about online safety. Over the course of 8 years, Beau spoke in scores of schools, to over 25,000 students. The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children proudly continues his work. By partnering with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Foundation is able to bring NCMEC’s NetSmartz® Workshop suite of programs in to Delaware’s elementary, middle and high school’s. NetSmartz® Workshop covers everything Beau thought was important kids understand: good digital citizenship, online safety, and the dangers of cyber bullying. With presentations for elementary, middle and high schoolers, the Foundation can address these issues with age appropriate videos, games, lessons and tip sheets.
NetSmartzKids (ages 5-10)
NetSmartzKids introduces younger children to basic online safety and digital citizenship lessons using animated characters—Clicky, Tera, Nettie, and Webster. These resources teach children how to identify online dangers and practice safer behaviors through videos, music, games, and e-books. Visit NetSmartzKids.org for new contests and activities every month.
NSTeens (ages 8-12)
The NSTeens are a diverse cast of eight characters who help tweens learn about issues such as cyberbullying and online privacy. These resources simplify complicated Internet safety concepts for tweens who are becoming more involved with cell phones and social media sites. Resources such as animated videos, webcomics, games, and quizzes teach tweens how to protect themselves online and encourage them to be active members of their digital communities.
Real-Life Stories (ages 11-17)
Real-Life Stories materials challenge teens to think critically about online safety and digital citizenship issues, such as cyberbullying and sexting. These resources feature stories of teens that have experienced online victimization or digital drama firsthand. The narratives teach teens to recognize risky behaviors, evaluate their online choices, and communicate with trusted adults and friends. Teen materials include videos, discussion guides, tip sheets, and presentations.
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For more on NetSmartz Workshop, including resources for parents, teachers, coaches and adults, visit NetSmartz.org.