Verizon Foundation grant will help jumpstart this pilot to educate teachers, parents and students in Boyertown community.
The Weller Health Education Center is pleased to announce a grant from Verizon Foundation to help develop a comprehensive parent education workshop on Internet safety with an emphasis on cyberbullying. Subsequently, a Web-based training program will be created to teach school district personnel and parents to effectively facilitate this workshop in their school or district.
School districts have indicated a need for a program to educate parents on how to protect children’s safety online, recognize the signs of cyberbullying and talk with their children about these issues. Cyberbullying, the practice of sending hurtful, cruel and harmful messages through texting, e-mail and social media can have long-term devastating effects. Seventy percent of all students have been bullied and nearly half of adolescents have experienced cyberbullying. Bullying can lead to fear, depression, anxiety and even suicide.
The Weller Center has partnered with the Boyertown Area School District to pilot and test this program before it is made available to other school districts.
“Verizon is proud to improve the quality of life for youth and families by empowering the community with innovative tools and resources,” said Todd Darlingon, Director of External Affairs for Verizon Pennsylvania. “We’re investing in programs, such as our partnership with the Weller Center, to reach every type of learner across the lifespan and to touch people's lives by focusing on education, health and family safety in the 21st century. We understand that education does not begin or end in the classroom.
“We are committed to keeping kids healthy and safe,” said Melissa Lee, president and CEO of the Weller Health Education Center. “Through this project we hope to give caregivers the tools to take the lead in protecting their children online and to teach them how to be good digital citizens.”
A press conference offering additional details about this partnership will be held at Boyertown Junior High West, 380 South Madison Street on Tuesday, September 20 at 9:00 a.m.