Leaders In Digital Citizenship Teaching And Anonymous Bullying-Reporting Solution Join Forces To Promote Cyber Safety And Bullying Prevention; Program Satisfies Child Internet Protection Act Certification Requirement For E-Rate Schools
St. Louis, MO – Aug. 7, 2012 – Today, SchoolReach, developers of the CyberBully Hotline, announced that it has entered into a partnership with Web Wise Kids (WWK), a leader in providing unique and effective game-based resources to help young people safely use and enjoy the latest mobile and social media technologies. This affiliation provides the most sought after and comprehensive offering of anti-bullying anonymous reporting tools and the latest education materials to help schools reduce and prevent both bullying and cyber bullying episodes.
The collaboration includes the cross promotion of WWK’s successful interactive digital citizenship role-playing games to CyberBully Hotline users and the promotion of the CyberBully Hotline to WWK’s user base. WWK’s most popular games: “It’s Your Call,” and “Be Seen,” teaches students responsible online behavior and how to use social media technology safely. The program gives schools or districts grade-level Internet safety training to meet Child Internet Protection Act certification requirements. In addition, Web Wise Kids founder, Judi Westberg Warren, an internationally-recognized expert in the field of bully and cyber bully prevention and school safety, will be joining the CyberBully Hotline program as a regular contributor to its professional development and education resource center.
“I am thrilled to be part of this outstanding organization and its program,” said Westberg Warren. “I have watched the CyberBully Hotline take shape in the last year and it’s the best answer for schools and districts looking to have all their bases covered when it comes to giving students a way to anonymously report these damaging incidents while arming schools with the tools they need for documenting and reporting the incidents. What we offer is the educational piece with our popular online games so students can confidently and safely manage face-to-face bullying and online cyber bully hazards, too.”
The CyberBully Hotline solution provides a two-way communications tool that allows students to instantly and directly send text messages — or leave a voicemail — anonymously with school officials. In response, those officials can immediately reply, also anonymously, and provide students the support they need to effectively address the offensive bullying act, whether they are witnessing it, or are on the receiving end of it.
A national nonprofit organization, Web Wise Kids’ offers a comprehensive approach to Internet safety through award-winning interactive games which are both “hands-on, mind-on” programs, that offer a positive, preventive, and proactive way to collaboratively engage youth, emotionally and cognitively to the issue of digital citizenship. These games are based on real life situations, are distributed primarily through training sessions for local school personnel facilitated by WWK trainers.
“With the CyberBully Hotline and Web Wise Kids joining forces, schools can know they are taking all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of their students,” said Paul Langhorst, chief marketing officer for SchoolReach. “Students will have a way to anonymously report cyber bullying and other forms of bullying and harassment, as well as learn through realistic and challenging simulations the importance and affect of demonstrating good digital citizenship skills.”
SchoolReach is the K-12 division of St. Louis-based GroupCast, LLC, a broadcast voice, e-mail and SMS notification provider. More information about SchoolReach can be found at www.schoolreach.com and www.cyberbullyhotline.com or by calling 1-800-420-1479.
About Web Wise Kids
Web Wise Kids is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Southern California with satellite offices in the Northwest and Washington, D.C. For more information please go to www.webwisekids.org
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