Beau Biden Foundation For The Protection of Children

Beau Biden Poundation for
the Protection of Children

Education

"As adults, we have a legal and moral obligation to stand up and speak out for children who are being abused — they cannot speak for themselves.&quote; - Beau Biden

In 2010, Beau asked his colleagues at the Delaware Department of Justice to investigate child abuse prevention programs. In the midst of handling the prosecution of one of the worst child predators in history, Beau pledged to train 5% of Delaware’s population (35,000 adults) in child abuse prevention. The Foundation will continue this work and partner with Darkness to Light to educate the remaining 18,000 adults in Delaware. We will offer scholarships, fellowships, and teaching seminars to insure the best resources are deployed to make this plan a reality.

Darkness to Light

Founded in 2000, Darkness to Light is a nonprofit organization committed to empowering people to prevent child sexual abuse.

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.

Darkness to Light works to end child sexual abuse by educating, raising awareness, sharing resources, and fostering a network of committed prevention advocates. Their evidence-informed approach makes them skilled at putting proven best practices into action with programming and resources that reach the widest audience possible.

Darkness to Light’s flagship program, 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. 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. To date, over one million adults nationwide have been trained.

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® to Delaware. Alongside partners such as Prevent Child Abuse Delaware, the YMCA of Delaware and the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware, Beau pledged to train 5% of Delaware’s population (35,000 adults) in the Stewards of Children® program. The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children, along with Delaware Law School, will train 18,000 adults to fulfill Beau’s pledge to the state and achieve that 5% goal.

Want to bring a training session to your workplace or community? Contact us today.

For more information about Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children®, visit www.D2L.org/Stewards.

NetSmartz

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.