WebWiseKidshttp://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/en-USCommunityServer 2007 SP2 (Build: 20611.960)Is Your Child Being Cyberbullied?http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/11/28/is-your-child-being-cyberbullied.aspxThu, 29 Nov 2012 00:59:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:1023Kimberly Howard1<p><img src="http://www.webwisekids.org/img/cyberbullying.jpg" align="right" border="0" height="200" hspace="10" width="296" alt="" />While the Internet has allowed us greater delivery of information, improved communication networks between people, and provided faster and smoother access to products and services, it has also created another way in which our personal security can be put in jeopardy. Our personal information is available in electronic form to an unknown range of people and often lack of awareness and poor security management can result in your personal details being accessed by people you don’t know.</p> <h3>A Closer Look at Cyberbullying</h3> <p>Cyberbullying can involve malicious personal attacks such as spreading lies and rumors about others, forwarding private text messages or emails, posting pictures of victims without their knowledge or consent, or pretending to be other people in order to gain information.</p> <p>In October, President Obama launched <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month">National Cyber Security Awareness Month</a> (NCSAM) – a series of events and initiatives that are designed to increase education and awareness of cybersecurity within businesses and the average private home. Americans are encouraged to participate in the fight against cybercrime by following simple steps that will keep their information safe from potential harm. NCSAM suggests Internet users set strong passwords, install updates on all computers, limit the amount of personal information posted online and be cautious about what websites are accessed. Personal information is even more sensitive today. With the dependency on social media, theft protection services, like <a href="http://www.lifelock.com">Lifelock.com</a>, are more imperative than ever before.</p> <h3>Daily Use</h3> <p>Information security is not the only issue that has risen in the past few years with the rise in the use of the Internet – cyberbullying has become a large problem for many young people both within the United States and across the globe. A 2011 Pew Research Center study reported that <a href="http://pewresearch.org/millennials/teen-internet-use-graphic.php">93 percent of American teenagers</a> (12-17 years) were using the Internet. At the same time, the increased social networks that have developed through sites such as Facebook and Twitter have meant that young people have more opportunity to be bullied, teased or embarrassed by others. Delaware Online says that more than 140,000 students stay away from school daily due to cyberbullying.</p> <h3>What Can Be Done to Prevent Cyberbullying?</h3> <p>Teenagers can refuse to participate in the bullying of other young people, encourage their friends to stop, or <a href="http://www.ncpc.org/cyberbullying">report cyberbullying to a trusted adult</a>. Young people who are being bullied can report the problem to teachers, parents or trusted adults. Schools should discuss the issues associated with cyberbullying, be proactive in explaining the dangers of social media and discourage all students from participating in cyberbullying.</p> <p>Parents should have open conversations with their teenagers about the responsible use of the Internet and the impact their words can have on others in social media situations. Parents should also be aware of what sites their teenagers are using, and if they notice any emotional changes in their children, <a href="http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/prevention/index.html">speak to them about issues</a> they may be experiencing.</p> <p>While the size and accessibility of the Internet and social media make it very difficult for parents to control what websites their children are using, it is important for parents and schools to educate young people on the best ways to use the web, when it is safe to provide <a href="http://www.identitytheftlabs.com">personal information</a>, and how to protect themselves against cyberbullying.</p><img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=1023" width="1" height="1">cyberbullyingcyberbullying preventionbullyingcyberbully hotlineFive Technology Skills Every Student Should Learnhttp://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/09/13/five-technology-skills-every-student-should-learn.aspxFri, 14 Sep 2012 00:11:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:547Judi Westberg-Warren, President1<a href="http://www.eschoolnews.com/2012/09/04/five-technology-skills-every-student-should-learn/">eSchoolNews recently wrote an article about the top five technology skills every student should learn</a>, and we couldn’t agree more with what they said! <br /><br />In the article, eSchoolNews talks about crucial technology skills kids should know: Online literacy, critical thinking, the science behind technology, adaptability and courage. <br /><br /> Web Wise Kids&#39; games embodies all of these themes-- we strive to educate kids about technology so that they can be smart about their decisions every day. Technology is an ever growing force in in today&#39;s society, and we can&#39;t stop it, but what we can do is teach our kids how to properly harness technology in ways that are more productive and beneficial to their lives. <br /><br /> We&#39;re so happy that eSchoolNews recognizes these skills that every student should learn, because we agree that they are crucial in the development of our children in this day and age. We hope to continue to create games and programs that will serve the next generation as tools for growth and success. <img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=547" width="1" height="1">internet safetyweb wise kidsjudi warrendigital citizenshipjudi westberg warreninternet resources for parentsinternet resourcesCyberbully Hotline Announces Partnership With Web Wise Kidshttp://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/08/07/cyberbully-hotline-announces-partnership-with-web-wise-kids.aspxTue, 07 Aug 2012 17:49:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:361Judi Westberg-Warren, President0Leaders 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 <br /><br />Today, <a href="http://www.schoolreach.com">SchoolReach</a>, developers of the <a href="http://www.cyberbullyhotline.com">CyberBully Hotline</a>, announced that it has entered into a partnership with <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org">Web Wise Kids</a>, 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. <br /><br />The collaboration includes the cross promotion of WWK’s successful interactive digital citizenship role-playing games to <a href="http://www.cyberbullyhotline.com">CyberBully Hotline</a> users and the promotion of the <a href="http://www.cyberbullyhotline.com">CyberBully Hotline</a> 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 <a href="http://www.cyberbullyhotline.com">CyberBully Hotline</a> program as a regular contributor to its professional development and education resource center. <br /><br />“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 <a href="http://www.cyberbullyhotline.com">CyberBully Hotline</a> 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&#39; 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. <br /><br />“With the <a href="http://www.cyberbullyhotline.com">CyberBully Hotline</a> 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.” <br /><br />About SchoolReach 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. <br /><br />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 <img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=361" width="1" height="1">web wise kidscyberbullying preventioncyberbully hotlineschoolreache-rate fundingGet Involved with Web Wise Kids!http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/07/25/get-involved-with-web-wise-kids.aspxWed, 25 Jul 2012 22:22:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:305Judi Westberg-Warren, President0Games are one of the number ways to get education across in the classroom, and Web Wise Kids is proud to produce programs and games that help teach and educate kids who to be safe online in this ever-evolving technological world. To continue making games, we rely heavily on the support of the community and of companies who believe in our mission. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF9ez-oNlg0">Watch our president, Judi Westberg-Warren, talk more about how companies and supporters can get involved with Web Wise Kids. </a><img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=305" width="1" height="1">internet safetyweb wise kidsjudi warrendigital citizenshipjudi westberg warreninternet resources for parentsinternet resourcesShould Facebook Open up to Children?http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/07/16/should-facebook-open-up-to-children.aspxMon, 16 Jul 2012 20:16:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:267Judi Westberg-Warren, President0Facebook has been considering lifting its age restriction on accounts and opening up its platforms to kids. <br /><br /> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utpM-vAF-y8">Watch more about what we think about this.</a><img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=267" width="1" height="1">facebook for teensfacebook age restrictionfacebookfacebook for childrenParenting and Social Media Surveyhttp://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/07/05/parenting-and-social-media-survey.aspxFri, 06 Jul 2012 00:13:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:219Judi Westberg-Warren, President0The <a href="http://www.idtheftcenter.org/">Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)</a> recently conducted the Parenting and Social Media Survey to measure the actions of parents in regard to their children’s usage of social media. Mobile device usage by children was also minimally covered in the study. The ITRC conducted this survey in order to better understand how parents try to keep their children safe while using social media. There were 207 responses. <br /><br /> “Children are spending more and more time online, and social media is becoming a larger part of their social lives. It is therefore important to understand how parents are monitoring their children’s usage of social networking sites,” said Nikki Junker, Social Media Coordinator for the <a href="http://www.idtheftcenter.org/">ITRC.</a> “The survey results will help the ITRC in developing informative materials and documents for parents and children to help them navigate their social media experiences safely.” <br /><br /> With Facebook considering allowing children under 13 join its user population, how parents interact with their children regarding social media is going to become more important. It is the ITRC’s hope that the findings of this survey will provide insight on how to improve this important communication. <br /><br /> To view the results of this survey, click <a href="http://www.idtheftcenter.org/artman2/uploads/1/Parenting_and_Social_Media_ITRC_Survey_20120629.pdf">here.</a> <br /><br /> Thank you <a href="http://www.idtheftcenter.org/">Identity Theft Resource Center </a> for putting so much work into procuring this valuable information! <br /><br /><img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=219" width="1" height="1">internet safetydigital citizenshipidentity theft resource centersocial mediasocial media safetyparentingitrcinternet resourcesBeSeen App: Training Wheels for Social Networkshttp://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/06/26/beseen-app-training-wheels-for-social-networks.aspxTue, 26 Jun 2012 23:09:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:174Judi Westberg-Warren, President1Have your children played our <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">BeSeen app</a> yet? <br /><br /> <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">BeSeen</a> is our free mobile app designed to simulate an online social network for kids. By playing BeSeen, youth can subliminally learn how to be responsible on social networks through navigating fictional situations that test their judgment on private and personal information, protecting their online reputation and defending their peers. The situations reflect real-life situations, making BeSeen a great way to introduce kids to social networks. <br /><br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVQKqldUheg&amp;feature=player_embedded">Watch and learn more</a> about how our <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">BeSeen app<a /> is a great &quot;training wheels&quot; program for your kids! <img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=174" width="1" height="1">educational ipod gamesbeseen appdigital safetyeducational apps for kidsbeseen iphoneeducational iphone gamesfacebook safety for youtheducational games for kidsweb wise kidsbeseenteaching kids internet safetybeseen androiddigital citizenshipeducator resources for internet safetyeducating children internetbe seeneducation apps for kidsinternet safety appbe seen appeducation apps for childrenfacebook for teensfacebookdigital citzenshipeducational games for childrenSending Out Big Thank Yous To Our Sponsorshttp://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/06/14/sending-out-big-thank-yous-to-our-sponsors.aspxThu, 14 Jun 2012 22:05:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:135Judi Westberg-Warren, President0We can&#39;t say it enough: thank you so much to our sponsors who have contributed and supported us through the conception and launch of our <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">BeSeen</a> mobile app. Watch our video featuring WWK President Judi Westberg-Warren extending her thanks to our sponsors. <br /><br /> <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">BeSeen</a> was created by <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/index.shtml">Carnegie Mellon University</a> and <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org">Web Wise Kids</a>-- with the support of <a href="http://www.ctia.org/">CTIA</a>, <a >Verizon Foundation</a> and <a href="http://www.trendmicro.com/us/index.html">TrendMicro</a>-- to teach youth how to be responsible in social networks by securing their private and personal information, protecting their online reputation and defending their peers. <br /><br />This online safety mobile application is a single-player game that simulates a social networking website. The player creates a profile and starts earning “friend” characters and interacting with them. They learn about others through their posts and help them through challenges in order to win awards and make new friends. <br /><br />In BeSeen, the ultimate quest is to make friends. At first, that is a matter of getting involved in school activities, but as more friends join a social circle, they bring their problems with them. To keep friends and make more, it’s important not only to be involved but also to be a good friend. <br /><br />You can learn more about BeSeen or download the free lesson materials on the <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">Web Wise Kids website</a>. <img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=135" width="1" height="1">Web Wise Kids Featured in eSchool News!http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/06/13/web-wise-kids-featured-in-eschool-news.aspxWed, 13 Jun 2012 20:45:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:131Judi Westberg-Warren, President0A report from <a href="http://www.eschoolnews.com/">eSchool News</a> came out which lists the top ten ways that schools can teach students about Internet safety. The number one method to teach kids is to use games, and Web Wise Kids is listed as a resource. You can read the rest of the report <a href="http://www.eschoolnews.com/files/2012/06/STARBullyingHMH0604.pdf">here.</a> (we&#39;re featured on pages 53 and 70). <br /><br /> For over 10 years, <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org">Web Wise Kids</a> has been creating games that teach youth about digital citizenship. We have a collection of games ranging from �It’s Your Call’-- a game for tweens and teens that effectively addresses cyber bullying and empowers youth to make wise and respectful choices in their digital lives and in society-- to <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">BeSeen</a>, our newest mobile app that teaches kids how to be safe across social networks. 10 million youth throughout the nation have experienced our programs. <br /><br /> We&#39;re honored to be listed as a resource on <a href="http://www.eschoolnews.com/">eSchool News</a>, and we hope the word about our games continues to spread.<img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=131" width="1" height="1">educational apps for kidsinternet safetyweb wise kidswwkbe seendigital citzenshipgames to teach kidsit's your calleschool newseducational games for childrenWeb Wise Kids and BeSeen: An Award Finalist! http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/06/07/Web-Wise-Kids-and-BeSeen_3A00_-An-Award-Finalist_2100_.aspxThu, 07 Jun 2012 13:00:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:109Judi Westberg-Warren, President0We are proud to announce that our <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">BeSeen game</a> has been selected as an award finalist by the <a href="http://www.pghtech.org/">Pittsburgh Technology Council!</a> <br /><br /> This year’s fourth annual DATA Awards Event is part of the Creative Technology Network, developed with the generous support of the Benedum Foundation. Called Pittsburgh’s biggest creative tech party of the year, the event is a streaming mash-up of networking, interactivity and inspiration. <br /><br /> The <a href="http://www.pghtech.org/networks/creative-technology/comingup.aspx">2012 Design, Art and Technology Award</a> will be handed out at the DATA awards ceremony on June 7, 2012 <br /><br /> <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">BeSeen</a>was selected as a finalist in the “Next Generation: Kids &amp; Creative Technology Category” recognizing the hard work and innovation of <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org">Web Wise Kids</a> and Carnegie Mellon University. <br /><br />Cross your fingers for us! <br /><br />If you are new to Web Wise Kids or BeSeen, here’s more about the game: <br /><br />BeSeen was created by Carnegie Mellon University and Web Wise Kids to teach youth how to be responsible in social networks by securing their private and personal information, protecting their online reputation and defending their peers. <br /><br />This online safety mobile application is a single-player game that simulates a social networking website. The player creates a profile and starts earning “friend” characters and interacting with them. They learn about others through their posts and help them through challenges in order to win awards and make new friends. <br /><br />In BeSeen, the ultimate quest is to make friends. At first, that is a matter of getting involved in school activities, but as more friends join a social circle, they bring their problems with them. To keep friends and make more, it’s important not only to be involved but also to be a good friend. <br /><br />You can learn more about BeSeen or download the free lesson materials on the <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">Web Wise Kids website</a>. <img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=109" width="1" height="1">IJIS Instituteteaching youth internet safetybeseen appdigital safetyeducational apps for kidseducational iphone gamesinternet safetycarnegie mellonfacebook safety for youthbeseenteaching kids internet safetysafety games androidteachers resources for internet safetyjudi warrendigital citizenshipeducator resources for internet safetyeducating children internetsocial network safetyfacebook safetycyberbullying preventiondigital safety childrendigital safetyfetybe seeninternet safety appinternet safety safetyeducation apps for childrenusa todayDATA awards"Wired With Wisdom" Parent Program Now Available in Spanish!http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/06/06/quot-wired-with-wisdom-quot-parent-program-now-available-in-spanish.aspxWed, 06 Jun 2012 19:49:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:115Judi Westberg-Warren, President0<a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/programs-wired-with-wisdom-online.html">We&#39;ve just released a Spanish version of “Wired with Wisdom&quot;!</a> Now, Hispanic parents have a resource that can give them the necessary knowledge and skills to supervise the digital activities of their children. <br /><br /> Parents need to acknowledge the accessibility that wireless and broadband advancements are placing on their children’s mobile devices. <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/programs-wired-with-wisdom-online.html">Wired With Wisdom</a> is the first internet safety education program designed to increase Hispanic parent awareness of cyber safety issues. The “Wired with Wisdom” program is divided into 5 components: social networking, online communications, cell phone dangers, emerging technology, and chat rooms &amp; instant messaging safety. Each component is a 20 minute seminar that advises parents on the dangers of cyber-bullying, inappropriate online behavior, sexting, and more. Starting this month, the Orange County Department of Education will be piloting the program to all schools servicing students in grades 6, 7, and 8. <br /><br /> Our English version of <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/programs-wired-with-wisdom-online.html">“Wired with Wisdom”</a> has been around for years and has undergone upgrading several times. We were inspired to develop a Spanish version of the program when we realized that language barriers have made it increasingly difficult for Spanish speaking parents to have access to internet safety programs. Statistics have shown that the Hispanic youth spend more time on mobile devices, including cell phones and tablets, than other students. The lack of educational programs for the parents leaves their children at a higher risk of engaging in negative online behavior. To confront this challenge, we partnered with the <a href="http://www.esafoundation.org/">Entertainment Software Association Foundation</a> and created the Spanish version using all Latino actors and voice talent. <br /><br /> We&#39;re so excited to be expanding our resources across multiple language barriers, and to help more parents educate themselves on how to in turn educate their children. <br /><br /> To learn more about the Spanish version of <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/programs-wired-with-wisdom-online.html">Wired With Wisdom, please click here.</a> <img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=115" width="1" height="1">internet safetyweb wise kidswired with wisdomspanishentertainment software association foundationspanish internet safetyinternet resources for parentsspanish resources for parentsWould a Lift on Age Restriction Be Good for Kids on Facebook?http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/06/05/would-a-lift-on-age-restriction-be-good-for-kids-on-facebook.aspxTue, 05 Jun 2012 21:52:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:127Judi Westberg-Warren, President0Facebook has been considering lifting its age restriction on accounts and opening up its accounts to kids. (for more information, you can read <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/money/facebook-considers-giving-kids-13-ac cess-social-network-article-1.1089756#ixzz1wwULozEb">this</a> article. <br /><br /> If the FCC “okays” this move, it could be an important help for parents with tweens. As the article says, millions of tweens are online under false names and therefore not under supervision. As long as the tween can sign up under their parents account and the parents are provided with parental controls, I think this would add an important level of accountability. <b>In no instance should tweens be allowed unsupervised access to social networking sites.</b> <br /><br />One element I believe still missing is education. Web Wise Kids and Carnegie Mellon University have created an educational game <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">&quot;BeSeen&quot;</a> which mirrors a social network and provides valuable learning experiences for middle schoolers. The game is a little like training wheels for a social networking experience; The kids create an avatar and enter in to the simulated social network therefore having the opportunity to make choices about how to handle the situations which occur. Kids learn the consequences of their decisions and get to remake choices that end up with negative outcomes. <br /><br /> <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">BeSeen</a> is a free download for smart phones from the iPhone and Android app store and helps prepare kids to &quot;make wise choices on social networks&quot;. We’ve also created supplemental classroom materials for teachers and parents to use to further the discussion of the game with their children. Those materials are also available for free <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">here</a>. <img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=127" width="1" height="1">educational apps for kidsweb wise kidswwkbe seenbe seen appfacebook for teensfacebook age restrictionsafe apps for kidsfacebookDid You Know? More Great Games From Web Wise Kids! http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/06/05/Did-You-Know_3F00_-More-Great-Games-From-Web-Wise-Kids_2100_-.aspxTue, 05 Jun 2012 17:00:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:110Judi Westberg-Warren, President0 In this update, we&#39;d love to share the rest of our programs with you. <br /><br />Ready? <br /><br /><b>It&#39;s Your Call</b> <br /><br />SEXTING - CYBERBULLYING - ACADEMIC CHEATING <br /><br />The Web Wise Kids cell phone safety program for middle school children is titled It&#39;s Your Call. Based on true stories, it is an interactive game that allows users to play out difficult situations in the safety of cyberspace before they live them out in real life. <br /><br /><b>MISSING</b> <br /><br />ONLINE LURING - PREDATORS - CYBERCRIME <br /><br />MISSING tells the story of Zack, a kid in Vancouver, Canada who forms an online friendship with an online friend named Fantasma. This guy is so cool - he has an online magazine about beach life in California and he sends Zack great stuff to help him design his own computerized animations. Little does Zack know that Fantasma is a predator. After Zach leaves home for San Diego, California to be with Fantasma, players work with a detective to find and rescue Zack and arrest Fantasma. Learn more about MISSING. <br /><br /><b>Mirror Image</b> <br /><br />CYBERSTALKING - MODELING SCAMS - SPYWARE <br /><br />Mirror Image tells the story of teenagers Sheena and Megan, best friends who are victimized by a criminal who uses the Internet to lure young women with promises of modeling contracts and online romance. Neither of the girls realizes that hacking software has been placed on their computers during their conversations with their &#39;online boyfriends.&#39; Soon Sheena and Megan begin to suspect that someone is stalking them in real life. Players work with a detective to track the predator and arrest him. Read more at Web Wise Kids. <br /><br /><b>Air Dogs</b> <br /><br />CYBERBULLYING - PIRACY - ILLEGAL DOWNLOADING <br /><br />AirDogs was designed to show teenagers that online crimes have lifelong legal and social consequences for teens and their families. In the game, Luke is a teenager who shows great promise as a snowboarder. He needs money for gear and training, so he begins to counterfeit software in his basement. Players collect data and evidence to put a stop to Luke&#39;s life of crime and catch Luke&#39;s boss, who is the ringleader of the operation. The message of Air Dogs is clear: theft and extortion are crimes, whether you&#39;re 16 or 60. Learn more about Air Dogs. <br /><br /><b>Wired With Wisdom</b> <br /><br />INTERACTIVE ONLINE LEARNING ADVENTURE <br /><br /><a href="http://www.webwisekids.org">Web Wise Kids</a> understands how challenging it can be for adults to keep informed about online dangers and teen&#39;s online activities. Our exclusive Wired With Wisdom® program has been specifically designed to be a user-friendly solution for busy parents. In addition, police officers and other professionals have recognized the value of the program and have utilized it to obtain valuable vocational safety training. Also available in Spanish! <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/programs-wired-with-wisdom.html">Learn more now! </a><img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=110" width="1" height="1">BeSeen Featured in SecretlyNetwork.com!http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/05/30/beseen-featured-in-secretlynetwork-com.aspxWed, 30 May 2012 21:17:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:108Judi Westberg-Warren, President0Our <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">BeSeen app</a> was featured in <a href="http://www.secretlynetwork.com/blog">SecretlyNetwork.com&#39;s blog about best mobile applications for kids!</a> Web Wise Kids is honored to be listed by Secretly Networking as a recommendation for Best Apps for Kids, and we are delighted to be included with so many other great apps.<img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=108" width="1" height="1">educational ipod gamesbeseen appbeseen iphoneinternet safetyfacebook safety for youtheducational games for kidsbeseenteaching kids internet safetysafety games androidbeseen androideducating youth about internet safetywwkdigital citizenshipeducator resources for internet safetysocial network safetyfacebook safetycyberbullyingcyberbullying preventiondigital safety childrenbe seeneducation apps for kidsinternet safety safetybe seen appThank You To Our Sponsors!!http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/05/28/thanks-to-our-sponsors.aspxMon, 28 May 2012 20:40:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:111Judi Westberg-Warren, President0With our BeSeen app gaining a lot of attention during the last several weeks-- especially since we launched an ad in USA Today-- we&#39;d like to take a moment to thank our sponsors--CTIA Wireless Foundation, Carnegie Mellon University, Verizon Foundation-- without whom BeSeen would have never been possible. <br /><br /> If you are new to Web Wise Kids or BeSeen, here’s more about the game: <br /><br /> BeSeen was created by Carnegie Mellon University and Web Wise Kids to teach youth how to be responsible in social networks by securing their private and personal information, protecting their online reputation and defending their peers. <br /><br /> This online safety mobile application is a single-player game that simulates a social networking website. The player creates a profile and starts earning “friend” characters and interacting with them. They learn about others through their posts and help them through challenges in order to win awards and make new friends. <br /><br /> In BeSeen, the ultimate quest is to make friends. At first, that is a matter of getting involved in school activities, but as more friends join a social circle, they bring their problems with them. To keep friends and make more, it’s important not only to be involved but also to be a good friend. <br /><br /> You can learn more about BeSeen or download the free lesson materials on the Web Wise Kids <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">website.</a> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwQyv4N7apU">Watch our video thanking our sponsors here!</a><img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=111" width="1" height="1">teaching youth internet safetybeseen appkid games ipodcarnegie mellonfacebook safety for youthweb wise kidsfacebook safety for kidsbeseenkid friendly gamesit’s your call gameyouth safety onlinedigital citizenshipeducator resources for internet safetyfacebook predatorsprotecting children onlinefacebook safetyjudi warren. internet safetycyberbullyingcyberbullying preventionkids safetydigital safety childrenjudi westberg warrenbe seenCTIAWireless foundationWhat Can BeSeen Teach Your Kids?http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/05/23/what-can-beseen-teach-your-kids.aspxWed, 23 May 2012 20:07:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:112Judi Westberg-Warren, President0Our <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">BeSeen App</a> is an online safety mobile application that simulates a social networking website. The player creates a profile and starts earning “friend” characters and interacting with them. They learn about others through their posts and help them through challenges in order to win awards and make new friends. <br /><br /> To get a full understanding of what our BeSeen app can teach your children, watch our official training video <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43kP37JByTU">here.</a> <br /><br /> Our BeSeen app is available to download for free on both Apple and Android platforms. To download the app and supplemental classroom materials (for free!), please click <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">here.</a><img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=112" width="1" height="1">teaching youth internet safetybeseen appbeseen iphoneinternet safetyfacebook safety for youtheducational games for kidsweb wise kidsbeseenteaching kids internet safetysafety games androidkid friendly gamesteachers resources for internet safetybeseen androidwwkdigital citizenshipsocial network safetyfacebook safetydigital safety childrenbe seeneducation apps for kidsinternet safety appinternet safety safetybe seen appWireless foundationBeSeen Has Global Appeal!http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/05/22/beseen-has-global-appeal.aspxWed, 23 May 2012 00:52:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:76Judi Westberg-Warren, President0<br /><br />You Said It. <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">BeSeen</a> Has Global Appeal! <br /><br />Word Is Spreading About The New BeSeen Lesson Materials! <br />It&#39;s only been a few weeks since we created a <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">download page for the new BeSeen lesson materials on the Web Wise Kids website.</a> But in that short time, here&#39;s what we&#39;ve seen: <br /><br />* We had 110 downloads of the complete lesson materials which will now start filtering through families, teachers and youth directors around the world - over 11,000 impressions! <br /><br />* In the U.S., the materials were downloaded in 30 states! <br /><br />* Overall, we had recent downloads in 8 different countries including South Africa,Peru, Canada, Nigeria, Columbia, United Kingdom and New Zealand! If you are among this group, thank you for being one of the first to begin formally teaching online safety via the BeSeen game. And be sure to share your feedback with us at info@webwisekids.org. <br /><br />Here&#39;s What You Are Saying About <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">BeSeen</a>! <br />&quot;I work for law enforcement and go to all schools in the county and most of the city to discuss various topics, including on-line safety. I plan on using your information to update my presentations and to continue makng education fun.&quot; --- El Paso,TX <br />&quot;Can&#39;t wait to see this one - we use Missing and love it need it for newer computers or iPads. --- Ft. Clahoun, NE <br />&quot;Loved using the Missing Game and thrilled you came out with something new :)&quot; ---Tolland, CT <br />&quot;I appreciate these resources made available to teachers....&quot; --- Berkeley, CA <br />&quot;Anxious to try this app and offer it to students. Thank you!&quot; --- Tustin, CA <br />&quot;Hey, I didn&#39;t know about this app!!!!&quot; --- Penn Laird, VA <br />&quot;I want teach my students how to be safe on social media. I don&#39;t speak English, but I&#39;m working with the teachers on ESL.&quot; --- Santiago, Chile <br />&quot;We would like to build in a link to these materials from our site. This and BeSeen would fit into our Digital Citizenship section really well&quot; --- Clinton Twp, MI <br /><br />Thank you for all this feedback and positive encouragement! We are so excited to see where you take BeSeen over the coming weeks. Who can you share <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">BeSeen</a> with today?<img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=76" width="1" height="1">IJIS Instituteeducational ipod gamesteaching youth internet safetybeseen appdigital safetybeseen iphoneeducational games for kidsweb wise kidsbeseenteaching kids internet safetysafety games androidteachers resources for internet safetyyouth safety online2012 distinguished service awardbeseen androidwwkdigital citizenshipeducating children internetsocial network safetydigital safety childrenbe seeneducation apps for kidsinternet safety appbe seen appusa todayWireless foundationBeSeen FAQshttp://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/05/16/beseen-faqs.aspxWed, 16 May 2012 18:18:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:72Judi Westberg-Warren, President0BeSeen is our mobile phone app we created in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. The game is designed to be played on a mobile phone and simulates a social network. It was designed to teach kids how to be responsible on social networks like Facebook, by securing their private and personal information, protecting their online reputation, and defending their peers. <br /><br />BeSeen was made possible by support from Trend Micro, CTIA The Wireless Foundation, and The Verizon Foundation. <br /><br /><b>Why Was BeSeen Created?</b> <br /><br />As many as 7.5 million Facebook users in the U.S. are under age 13 - a violation of Facebook&#39;s user policies - according to a new study by Consumer Reports, as reported by Ad Age. <br /><br />BeSeen was created to combat some alarming statistics about kids’ behavior on social networks: <br /><br />55% of teens have given out personal info to someone they don’t know, including photos and physical descriptions. <br /><br />29% of teens have posted mean info, embarrassing photos or spread rumors about someone. <br /><br />29% have been stalked or contacted by someone they don’t know. <br /><br />24% have had private or embarrassing info made public without their permission <br /><br />22% have been cyberpranked <br /><br />56% of teens say they have been the target of some type of online harassment <br /><br />15% percent of the young people surveyed say they have sent nude photos or videos of themselves <br /><br />21% say they&#39;ve received nude photos or videos from others. About half of those involved say they felt pressured to do so BeSeen teaches kids to behave responsibly on social networks, and to guard their personal information and images. <br /><br /><br /><br />You can find more statistics about kids’ behavior on cell phones and online here. <br /><br /><br /><br /><b>What is the Game About?</b> <br /><br /><br /><br />This online safety mobile application is a single-player game that simulates a social networking website. The player creates a profile and starts earning &quot;friend&quot; characters and interacting with them. They learn about others through their posts and help them through challenges in order to win awards and make new friends. <br /><br /><br /><br />In BeSeen, the ultimate quest is to make friends. At first, that is a matter of getting involved in school activities, but as more friends join a social circle, they bring their problems with them. To keep friends and make more, it’s important not only to be involved but also to be a good friend. <br /><br /><br /><br /><b>Where Can I Find BeSeen?</b> <br /><br />BeSeen is a free mobile app, available for download in both the Apple App Store and Google Play (formerly the Android Marketplace). You can find more information about the game, including support documents and instructional materials <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">here</a>. <br /><br /><br /><br /><b>How much Does the App Cost?</b> <br /><br />BeSeen is available for free. It&#39;s easily downloaded in both the Apple App Store and Google Play (formerly the Android Marketplace). We also offer free handouts, instructional videos and companion materials to be used in classrooms or at home. <br /><br /><br /><br /><b>What Platforms Can I Play BeSeen On?</b> <br /><br />BeSeen is available for both the iPhone, and Android smartphones. It is not yet available for laptops or tablets. <br /><br /><br /><br /><b>I&#39;m a Teacher; Can I Use the App in my Classroom?</b> <br /><br />Absolutely! BeSeen is a fun and engaging learning tool to teach your students about social networking. We have created an entire set of classroom resources around the BeSeen App, to help you use it effectively in your classroom. You can download the materials for free <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">here</a>. <br /><br /><br /><br />Also, if you are interested in having a Web Wise Kids staff member facilitate the BeSeen Program in your classroom, we can make arrangements for the program to be led either in person, or over Skype. For information on facilitation, please email Rommel Anacan at info@webwisekids.com <br /><br /><br /><br /><b>I&#39;m a Parent; Can I Use the App at Home?</b> <br /><br />Sometimes, parents are unsure about whether to allow their kids on social networks. BeSeen can be a great way to teach your kids how to navigate social networks safely, and to achieve peace of mind as a parent. Our free BeSeen classroom materials can easily be adapted for use at home, or, simply download the free app and let your kids play. <br /><br /><br /><br /><b>Are There Any Instructional Videos That Might Help Me Understand the App?</b> <br /><br />We have several videos available that will walk you through the BeSeen game. There are also printed materials that can help you understand what players are learning as they navigate the game. You can find all of these resources <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">here</a>. <br /><br /><br /><br /><b>Where Can I Go For More Information?</b> <br /><br />For more information on BeSeen, visit our website. You can also download our free Program Resources to learn more about the BeSeen App. If you would like to learn more about the other educational video games that we offer, you can do that here. <br /><br /><br /><br />Join our newsletter to stay up to date on all our news, and the latest educational programs we’re rolling out. <br /><br />And, to contact us, please email info@webwisekids.org. <br /><br />What If I have a Question That Isn’t Addressed Here? <br /><br />You can always reach us by email at info@webwisekids.org. <br /><br />Or, call us at (866) WEB-WISE or 714-435-2885. We would love to hear from you!<img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=72" width="1" height="1">IJIS Instituteeducational ipod gamesteaching youth internet safetybeseen appdigital safetyeducational apps for kidsbeseen iphoneeducational iphone gamesfacebook safety for youtheducational games for kidsweb wise kidsfacebook safety for kidsbeseenteaching kids internet safetysafety games androidteachers resources for internet safetyjudi warrenbeseen androideducating youth about internet safetywwkdigital citizenshipeducator resources for internet safetyeducating children internetsocial network safetyprotecting children onlinefacebook safetypreventing cyberbullyingcyberbullyingcyberbullying preventionjudi westberg warrenbe seeneducation apps for kidsinternet safety speakerbe seen appeducation apps for childrenCTIAWireless foundationBeSeen Beneficial to Teachers and Educators, too!http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/05/03/beseen-beneficial-to-teachers-and-educators-too.aspxFri, 04 May 2012 01:35:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:54Judi Westberg-Warren, President0We designed our BeSeen app to teach youth about how to safely navigate their way through social networks online. BeSeen simulates a social network and immerses youth in situations that are much like what they will encounter, or already dealing with, in real life. <br /><br /> But we also designed BeSeen with teachers and educators in mind, too. Teachers are unfortunately also dealing with many of the same online issues as their students, and having to respond to the matters at hand. BeSeen gives teachers an effective and positive tool to teach their students how to be online in a safe and responsible manner. <br /><br /> We created supplemental BeSeen Classroom Materials especially for teachers and educators to use and help guide their students through the game in order to maximize their learning experiences. Teachers from all over the world are raving about our BeSeen Classroom Materials; Magaret A. from Berkley, CA, says, “I appreciate the resources made available to teachers”, and Sylvia from El Paso, TX, says, “I plan on using your information to update my presentations and to continue making education fun.” <br /><br /> To download your free BeSeen Classroom Materials, please visit <a href="http://webwisekids.org/usa">http://webwisekids.org/usa</a> <img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=54" width="1" height="1">beseen appweb wise kidsbeseenteaching kids internet safetysafety games androidteachers resources for internet safetysocial network safetybe seenbe seen appeducation apps for childrenusa todayWireless foundationFree Download: Modern Parent's Guide to Kids and Video Games E-Bookhttp://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/05/02/free-download-modern-parent-s-guide-to-kids-and-video-games-e-book.aspxWed, 02 May 2012 22:30:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:50Judi Westberg-Warren, President2In today’s world where technology is constantly and quickly evolving, it can be challenging for parents to keep up with everything that is going on. Every day, new high-tech toys, apps, software and services march onto the scene, but how do we know what is safe to use and what is beneficial to our families and children? Parents can&#39;t afford to ignore technology&#39;s impact on kids. <br /><br /> Luckily, there’s help. The Modern Parent’s Guide, written by technology and parenting expert Scott Steinberg, is a comprehensive series that offers invaluable, real-life solutions to help parents embrace and tackle technology and keep up with their kids. The first volume in the series, The Modern Parent’s Guide to Kids and Video Games, is a complete guide to PC, console, online, free, social and mobile games, including using game ratings, addressing common health concerns and fostering healthy computing habits. The e-book version of The Modern Parent’s Guide to Kids and Video Games is available for FREE download from Web Wise Kids <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/modern-parents/">here!</a> <br /><br /> Parents, if you are concerned about your kids&#39; safety on video games and social networks, download our free BeSeen mobile app and program materials <a href="http://webwisekids.org/usa">here</a>. <img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=50" width="1" height="1">beseen appweb wise kidsbeseensafety games androidbe seenscott steinberg' modern parent's guide to kids and video gamesTeen Bullying Suicide Pushes Newspaper to Take a Standhttp://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/04/30/teen-bullying-suicide-pushes-newspaper-to-take-a-stand.aspxMon, 30 Apr 2012 23:32:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:47Judi Westberg-Warren, President0A teen in Iowa, 14 year old Kenneth Weishuhn Jr., committed suicide because of bullying, and a newspaper is now taking a stand. <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/iowa-paper-devotes-front-page-fighting-bullying-175921792.html">Shaken by Weishuhn’s death, The Sioux City Journal dedicated its entire front page of its Sunday edition paper to an editorial rallying the city against bullying.</a> Full front page editorials are rare, but the Sioux City Journal felt that it was the only way to address the enormity of the situation in order to garner the attention of its readers. <br /><br />I certainly commend the Sioux City Journal for devoting their front page to discourage bullying. It is hard to believe that yet another young person has taken their life due to bullying. When are we going to realize as a society that bullying another person physically or emotionally causes irreparable damage? We must continue to educate the public, parents and children that bullying is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Thank you Sioux City Journal for taking this public stand. <br /><br />One of the ways WWK combats bullying is through our educational games, like our free mobile app, BeSeen. Learn more about BeSeen--and how it can teach our children to combat cyberbullying--<a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/programs-beseen.html">here<a>. <img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=47" width="1" height="1">beseen appeducational apps for kidsbeseen iphoneeducational iphone gameseducational games for kidsweb wise kidsbeseenteaching kids internet safetyjudi warrenbeseen androideducating youth about internet safetywwkdigital citizenshipeducating children internetsocial network safetyprotecting children onlinepreventing cyberbullyingcyberbullying preventiondigital safety childrenBullyjudi westberg warrenbe seeneducation apps for kidsbe seen appeducation apps for childrenbullying documentarybully movie ratingBeSeen Classroom Materials a Hit!http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/04/26/beseen-classroom-materials-a-hit.aspxFri, 27 Apr 2012 01:44:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:43Judi Westberg-Warren, President0Our new BeSeen program that provides downloadable lesson plans – complete with handouts, worksheets, instructional videos, and 12 lesson plans-- allows educators, youth directors and parents to instantly begin sharing the benefits of BeSeen with their kids. <br /><br /> So far, the materials have been downloaded 65 times in 20 states and five countries (hello to our friends across the US and in South Africa, the UK, Peru and Canada)! <br /><br /> These classroom materials give teachers a step-by-step guide for leading students through the materials. We designed them to help facilitate discussions and dialogue with your students as they are playing the game. BeSeen is a valuable learning tool – but it is also fun for kids! <br /><br /> We hope that those who have downloaded our materials have found them useful so far, and that other parents and educators will continue to download and use our <a href="http://webwisekids.org/usa/">BeSeen materials.</a> <br /><br /> <a href="http://webwisekids.org/usa/">You can download our BeSeen Classroom Materials for FREE here!</a> <img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=43" width="1" height="1">teaching youth internet safetybeseen appbeseen iphoneinternet safetyfacebook safety for youtheducational games for kidsweb wise kidsbeseenteaching kids internet safetysafety games androidkid friendly gamesteachers resources for internet safetybeseen androidwwkdigital citizenshipsocial network safetyfacebook safetydigital safety childrenbe seeneducation apps for kidsinternet safety appinternet safety safetybe seen appWireless foundationThank You to Our BeSeen Sponsors and Supportershttp://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/04/25/thank-you-to-our-beseen-sponsors-and-supporters.aspxWed, 25 Apr 2012 18:07:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:41Judi Westberg-Warren, President0With our BeSeen app gaining a lot of attention during the last several weeks-- especially since we launched an ad in USA Today-- we&#39;d like to take a moment to thank our sponsors, without whom BeSeen would have never been possible. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwQyv4N7apU">Watch our video thanking our sponsors here!</a><img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=41" width="1" height="1">beseen appcarnegie mellonbeseenbeseen androidbe seenbe seen appCTIAWireless foundationWeb Wise Kids is a 2012 Design, Art and Technology Awards Finalist! http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/04/24/web-wise-kids-is-a-2012-design-art-and-technology-awards-finalist.aspxTue, 24 Apr 2012 23:07:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:40Judi Westberg-Warren, President0<a href="http://www.pghtech.org/">The Pittsburg Technology Council</a> has nominated <a href="http://webwisekids.org/usa/">Web Wise Kids’ BeSeen app</a> in their upcoming awards ceremony of the year. <br /><br /> The annual <a href="http://www.pghtech.org/events/default.aspx">DATA</a> (Design, Art, and Technology Awards) ceremony, which celebrates the best design, art and technology inventions in the nation, is split into seven categories: Innovation: The Changemakers, Maker: Design &amp; Making, Joystick: Games &amp; Applications, i-Con: Communications and Information Sharing, Media Arts: The Intersection of Art and Technology, Community: Art + Tech for our People and Places, and Next Generation: Kids &amp; Creative Technology. <a href="http://webwisekids.org/usa/">Web Wise Kids’ BeSeen app</a> will be entered in the Next Generation: Kids &amp; Creative Technology category. <br /><br />We are so excited that <a href="http://webwisekids.org/usa/">BeSeen</a> is continuing to receive recognition in our communities and helping to spread awareness to help teach our youth to be safer online. We are honored to have been selected as a finalist in the DATA Awards, and we forward to meeting all of the other finalists and learning about their innovative and creative projects. <br /><br />The Design, Art and Technology Awards (DATA), known as Pittsburg’s biggest creative tech party of the year, will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the Grand Hall (614 Pressley Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15212). <img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=40" width="1" height="1">educational ipod gamesbeseen appeducational apps for kidsbeseen iphoneeducational iphone gameseducational games for kidsbeseenteaching kids internet safetykid games androidjudi warrenbeseen androideducating youth about internet safetyeducating children internetsocial network safetyprotecting children onlinejudi westberg warrenbe seeneducation apps for kidsbe seen appeducation apps for childrenpittsburg technology councilDATA awardsUSA Today to Feature BeSeen App!http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/blogs/webwisekids/archive/2012/04/12/beseen-app-launching-in-usa-today.aspxFri, 13 Apr 2012 01:20:00 GMT09cf86c2-7053-47e4-82a4-a1ce52311037:30Judi Westberg-Warren, President0<p>Our biggest marketing initiative is underway! Starting tomorrow, April 13, 2012, Web Wise Kids’ BeSeen app will be featured in a special three-column ad on USA Today. The ad will be part of a research report on “Teen Health and Happiness” in the United States. <p>Because topics such as Internet safety and cyberbullying have become increasingly critical health issues for the youth of the nation, we felt that this was the perfect opportunity to promote our BeSeen app, which teaches youth to use social networks safely in order to avoid real-life repercussions. <p>The markets for the ad will be Washington DC, North and South Carolina, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Northern California (Silicone Valley). The ad will reach approximately 1.3 million readers from USA Today, as well as an additional 1.7 million from Facebook, who has agreed to feature the insert online on their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/safety&quot;">official family and internet safety page</a> <p>We are so excited to have this opportunity to spread the word about BeSeen, and to continue our mission in educating our children by providing innovative and effective tools to help them flourish in this age of growing technology. <p>We’d like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to <a href="http://www.ctia.org">CTIA/The Wireless Foundation</a> and <a href="http://www.trendmicro.com">Trend Micro</a> for helping to fund this marketing plan and helping us spread the word about the BeSeen app. Internet safety is becoming a pervasive issue in our society, and it is imperative that we work to raise awareness about this issue and to also educate our children on how to safely navigate their digital lives. </p>For more information on our BeSeen app, please visit <a href="http://www.webwisekids.org/usa">http://www.webwisekids.org/usa</a> <img src="http://wired.webwisekids.org/community/aggbug.aspx?PostID=30" width="1" height="1">