Verizon Funds Net Safety App
Verizon Foundation gave more than $8 million to groups for education programs, domestic violence prevention, and health care technology.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., March 4, 2012 -- Looking for a solution to help stop teen bullying in schools? Thanks to Webwise Kids, a California nonprofit, there is an app for that. The organization is among nonprofit groups in the state that focused on education programs, domestic violence prevention or use technology to deliver or enhance health care and received more than $8 million in 2011 from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon.
Nationally, the foundation awarded more than $66 million to nonprofit organizations last year.
"Every day at Verizon we see firsthand how technology helps address big social issues like improving the quality of and access to health care, helping people make smarter energy choices and bolstering education," said Tim McCallion, Verizon West region president. "Our company and our employees are part of the fabric of the communities we serve, and we're proud to use the innovative power of Verizon's network technology to support community organizations making life better for so many Californians."
Verizon employees volunteered more than 48,500 hours to nonprofit groups throughout California in 2011. The Verizon Foundation supports employee volunteerism and generosity and matches employee contributions to a nonprofit organization when a Verizon employee volunteers 50 hours, with more than $852,000 in these matching gifts going to California nonprofits and charitable groups last year.
California programs and organizations supported by the Verizon Foundation in 2011 include:
- Rivers of Hope Foundation, San Diego - $80,000 to provide counseling and healthy-relationship training for foster children at risk for domestic violence.
- Operation Safe House, Riverside – $75,000 to provide transitional housing services to youth exposed to violence in their homes.
- MK Level Playing Field Institute, San Francisco - $30,000 to provide summer courses and year-round academic and mentoring support for students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
- Redlands Community Hospital Foundation, Redlands - $24,000 to increase the number of physicians who can access diagnostic imaging data from their remote home offices.
By focusing on mobility, broadband and global connectivity, Verizon is breaking down old technology barriers and empowering businesses and communities. The company is delivering long-term shareholder growth by helping to solve and address pressing issues from health care to energy. To learn more about the strategy, known within the company as shared success, visit http://responsibility.verizon.com/ .
The Verizon Foundation helps people to live healthy, safe and independent lives by addressing disparities in education, health care and sustainability. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon's employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.2 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with nearly 108 million total connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 194,000. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
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Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute and Web Wise Kids Introduce Educational Social Networking Mobile App for Kids to the Android Market
In collaboration with The Wireless Foundation and Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids & Families, the new "BeSeen" educational app helps teach kids how to use social networks safely and wisely.
Santa Ana, CA– January 5, 2012—Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute (INI) and Web Wise Kids, a national non-profit organization and recognized leader in Internet safety education, announces the launch to the Android Market of the educational free mobile application (app) ‘BeSeen”. ‘BeSeen’ is an app that engages kids who are beginning to use social networks in a game about online safety when accessing social networking websites via their mobile devices. This type of social networking app is the first of its kind to hit the Android Market.
The free mobile app, ‘BeSeen ’ is now available for download in the Android Market here: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.cylab.BeSeen
‘BeSeen’ was developed in collaboration with The Wireless Foundation and Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids and Family, with additional funding from The Verizon Foundation. ‘BeSeen’ was created to enable kids around the world to learn how to use social networks safely and responsibly. The app’s content and puzzles have been updated since its original launch to the iTunes Store on October 12 where the app is also available for download.
‘BeSeen’ is a single-player game that simulates a social networking site where players create a profile and travel through a condensed school-year, with each game day equaling a fraction of a minute in real life. To earn awards, the player must make positive choices when presented with challenging social situations and solve puzzles along the way. The game is designed to help kids understand responsible online behavior such as securing their personal information, protecting their privacy and defending their peers against cyber bullying. A video demo of the game has been posted to the website here.
“Here at Web Wise Kids, we are thrilled by the opportunity to introduce our app ‘BeSeen’ to the Android Market,” says Judi Westburg Warren, president of Web Wise Kids. “Entering this exciting marketplace allows us to reach thousands of kids on the topic of online safety and digital citizenship.”
BeSeen has already received an overwhelmingly positive response from its initial release to the iTunes store. BeSeen presents an opportunity for children to see how to best handle social scenarios that come into play when signing up for a social networking website.
“Some of the best feedback we are hearing from parents is that they enjoy how ‘BeSeen’ is a way for their kids to take a ‘test run’ on a social network before going so far as to register on an existing website,” continues Judi Westburg Warren. “We are excited that this app allows us to prepare youths for the digital world in a responsible and fun manner.”
“Despite their popularity, social networking websites saddle children with risks to their privacy and personal information, particularly when these sites take bold and sudden actions to share and publicize the data of their users. Our latest collaboration is intended to raise cyber awareness and digital literacy in children before they face such risks and to guide them towards being responsible online citizens.” says Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the Information Networking Institute and head of education.
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About Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from engineering, science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 11,000 students in the university's seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon's main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California's Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico. The university is in the midst of a $1 billion fundraising campaign, titled "Inspire Innovation: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University,'' which aims to build its endowment, support faculty, students and innovative research, and enhance the physical campus with equipment and facility improvements.