Verizon Wireless, through the Verizon Foundation, has donated $10,000 to , a child advocacy center located in .
The donation is in support of an internet safety and online enticement prevention program that will work to strengthen a child’s ability to recognize and resist assault, encourage victims to disclose abuse, and improve adults’ responses to these disclosures so that children can receive early intervention and protection.
"Verizon Wireless is proud to help educate youth in St. Louis on the dangers of the internet and how to be aware of potential problems," said Brendan Fallis, president of the Kansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless. "This is a cause our company feels strongly about and we are committed to helping The Child Center, Inc. broaden their opportunity to educate our children."
"Verizon’s generosity and commitment to this cause is very encouraging, as we set to make a difference in the community," said Ellen Teller, executive director of The Child Center. "Internet safety is an issue that will continue to be important and worthy of our time and attention. Our partnership with Verizon will allow us to continue and expand educational initiatives."
The Child Center programming, to be implemented in the 2011-2012 school year, will be geared for elementary and middle school students.
For fifth grade students, a one-hour presentation will offer education on online enticement and online safety through interactive discussions and presentations.
The middle school curriculum will use interactive discussion, a short video, and visual aids, designed to fit a typical middle school class period. This course will cover in-depth internet safety, the cyber bullying epidemic, types of technologies utilized for cyber bullying, the dangers with current cyber enticement, and the possible long-term effects and harm.
The Child Center
The Child Center, Inc., is a whose goal has always been to meet the needs of children, teens, and families who have been traumatized by child abuse and violence, and to educate the public on how to prevent abuse in the future. For more information, visit http://thechildcenter.com.