Scottsdale, AZ – notMYkid, www.notmykid.org is distributing a new program for middle school and high school students and parents, developed in collaboration with the FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association (CAAA), www.fbica.org that focuses awareness on the dangers of being online.
With the rise of Internet dangers including Cyber-Bullying, Sexting and Online Predators, the two organizations have designed a program to present to parents and their tweens and teens. Through “real life” portrayals of these different Internet practices, the negative consequences are illustrated as warnings to parents and kids.
“The FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association and the notMYkid organizations are vital partners of law enforcement in combating Cyber-Bullying and Online Predators. It is our hope that with the issuance of the Internet Safety DVD that parents will be equipped with the necessary knowledge to protect their children and teens will be aware of cyber bullies and sexual predators in the ever changing world of cyber communication,” says FBI Special Agent in Charge Nathan Gray, Phoenix Division.
Paul Penzone, Director of Prevention Programs at notMYkid stated “In order to educate and combat this issue notMYkid has collaborated with the FBI CAAA to develop a new and progressive program that will educate parents and young adults on these threats and how to best manage and protect themselves from these abuses. The first phase of the distribution will be to over 600 schools in Maricopa County. Our two organizations want to ensure that students have the opportunity to learn how to protect themselves from the uncertainties that lurk in the technology that they use today.”
The program includes a thorough presentation full of noteworthy statistics, as well as a docu-drama that acts out how real these dangers can be. Free webinars providing a step by step guide can also be accessed on each of the organizations websites (www.notmykid.org and www.fbica.org) for training on how to use the program.
Funding by Helios Education Foundation has allowed the two organizations to provide this first phase of distribution at no charge. Larry Abbott with the FBI CAAA stated, “With the anticipation of additional funding, the goal of notMYkid and the FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association is to provide the program and its very important message to every middle school and high school throughout Arizona.”
notMYkid, founded in 2000, is dedicated to inspiring positive life choices by educating our community about the consequences of destructive youth behaviors. Young adults who have overcome life-controlling addictions and behaviors share their personal stories with middle and high school students. In an effort to promote our prevention message we educate adults on the same addictions and destructive behaviors. Our goal is to increase awareness of the challenges kids face, provide information and offer resources to support the success of students, families and educators. For more information about notMYkid please visit www.notMYkid.org or contact Jill Woods at 602-652-0163.
About FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association
The Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association’s goal is to foster a greater understanding of the FBI’s role in the community through open discussion and to support the their efforts to deliver information about their role, tools, tactics, jurisdiction, and vision for the future in national law enforcement, homeland defense, and counter-terrorism on all levels.
About Helios Education Foundation
Helios Education Foundation is a philanthropic organization that serves Arizona and Florida and is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals in both states by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education. The Foundation’s community investments are made across three impact areas: Early Childhood Education, the Transition Years (grades 5-12) and Postsecondary Scholarships. Since inception in 2004, Helios Education Foundation has invested over $90 million into education-related programs and initiatives across Arizona and Florida. For more information about the Foundation and its investments, visit them online at www.helios.org.
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