ATLANTA, GA (January 15, 2007) –Atlanta-based children´s network, Connect with Kids, has launched a new online community called Parents & Company, giving parents and teachers their own space to meet online, share war stories, write blogs, give and get advice, and stay on top of the latest news about kids. It´s part of the Connect with Kids website (www.connectwithkids.com) which, since 1998, has created award-winning television news and video reality programs that are used in thousands of schools and school districts, including Los Angeles Unified School District, Houston Independent School District, Dade (Miami) and Broward County, New York Public Schools, Pittsburgh Public, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, and more.
"So many teachers and principals I meet want to be able to go online and talk with other educators who have the same challenges and concerns that they do," says Stacey DeWitt, founder and CEO of Connect with Kids. "We wanted to offer an easy, meaningful site where they can use our resources, meet and learn from each other, as well as learn more about the online technology that their students are using, It´s a great way for educators to keep up with youth news and keep in touch with other teachers and parents."
Joining and accessing resources at Parents & Company is free. Like a "Facebook for educators and parents," the new site allows members to create their own personal profiles, post and view photos, create a friends list, send messages, chat in forums, and write their own blogs. Members can also perform detailed searches for other people with interests similar to their own. The site´s free, online "video how-to" is an industry first, so even first-time online users can get started right away.
Parents & Company is primarily aimed at parents and educators who work with pre-adolescents and teens. Topics frequently addressed include: academic pressures, dating relationships, sports and competition, bullying, learning disabilities, Internet safety, drugs and more. The site includes the most popular Web 2.0/social networking capabilities:
*Individual blogs for each member to write about topics important to them
*Public discussion boards on topics such as academic pressures, bullying, ethics
*Detailed search mode to find other community members with similar jobs/interests
*"Make a friend" feature that invites people to join your network
*RSS-generated content from hundreds of parenting sites
*Photo galleries for posting and viewing photos
*Reviews, comments and discussions about Connect with Kids videos and other content
About Connect with Kids
Connect with Kids has received numerous Emmys and Parents Choice Awards for its television, consumer and school programs. What Works Clearinghouse (part of the U.S. Department of Education) announced its review of the latest research and selected Connect with Kids as an effective results-oriented curriculum.
Founded in 1998, Connect with Kids programs feature real kids sharing their true stories about today´s tough issues–programs that facilitate powerful classroom discussion, student self-reflection, and cross-curriculum integrated learning. These half-hour specials are used in thousands of schools and have been featured on Dr. Phil, CNN, CBS The Early Show, Good Morning America, and more. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, you can find more information about Connect with Kids and CWK Network at www.connectwithkids.com.