Web Wise Kids, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Education, Crime & Law

Location: 3000 W. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 424 Santa Ana CA 92799 USA

Mission: Mission: Empowering Today''s Youth and Adults to Make Wise Choices OnlineChild predators use the Internet to build trusting relationships with children who arewilling to share personal details of their lives.A critical issue facing today''s culture is social networking sites -- and now the issue ismoving to cell phones. The World Wide Web has become an extremely valuable educational tool for today''s youth. However, the Internet has a dark side! According to the latest surveys, one in five kids have been sexually solicited online.1 Even more frightening, over 50 percent of kids surveyed thought that it was okay to disclose personal information to a stranger they met online.2 Internet victimization of youth occurs at school, at home, in after-school programs, and in the library -- anywhere kids go online. Middle school students are increasingly at risk of falling prey to Internet luring, and online teens frequently communicate with people they have never met: 54% have instant messaged a stranger. 50% have emailed a stranger. 45% have participated in a chat room discussion with a stranger. 56% of teens said that they have been asked personal questions such as their age, sex, or location online by someone they have never met. One in five 21% reported that a person they only know through online communication has asked to meet them. 35% of teens said they have become "close" with someone they met online. (Omnibuzz Research, October 2005)

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Rating: 5 stars  

Web Wise Kids is promoting a culture of safety, respect and responsibility for youth and families in this digital world. Educators choose Web Wise Kids' computer programs to teach their students to make wise choices online and when using their cell phones. Over 11 million children throughout the country have learned to detect and deter online predatory tactics. Web Wise Kids has responded to the child- bullying epidemic by creating an online game called It's Your Call, and partnered with School Reach to offer schools a hotline for students to use to stop bullying. I am so very proud to have been a volunteer with this outstanding organization for over 12 years and grateful for their passion to protect our country's youth.

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Web Wise Kids creates computer games which help kids experience simulated online experiences. WWK has reached over 11 million middle school kids with these important safety messages through their own interests in technology. I am proud to be a part of the great innovative work WWK does on a national basis.

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2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Web Wise Kids does an amazing job of encouraging children to think about their tech decisions. Everything from texting to sexting to online bullying is covered when students participate in one of their computer games. The kids really learn and the teachers are spared the agony of lecturing them about safety issues. Highly recommended! Also, it is easy to use because their is nothing that has to be photocopied or anything. It is easy for teachers to use.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Web Wise Kids is an amazing organization focused on the well being and safety of children in the online community. With a focus on education of parents and children in advance rather than reaction, Web Wise Kids is taking the neccessary measures to ensure saftety for kids in the digital world. The members of the organization strive for the best possible environment for parents to feel comfortable with their children's safety in the digital age.

Thank you!

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Have people make more donations!

Rating: 5 stars  

As the parent of a toddler, I am already preparing myself for the challenges of this high tech world my son is growing up in. Web Wise Kids makes learning about touchy subjects like cyber-bullying fun and engaging, and I know that my high-tech child will enjoy learning through games when he's older.
I am especially proud to support this organization since they are very driven in prevention work. It only makes sense to me that we try and get kids' attention and teach them what not to do before they are faced with a threatening situation.
I highly recommend supporting Web Wise Kids, and I encourage everyone with children to give their games a try!

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Attending a training for educators, and as a Board member.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Consider additional ways to use volunteers for educating kids and their teachers, parents, after school staff, etc.

Rating: 5 stars  

Honored to represent this very impactful organization that helps educate our children about the perils of the Internet and empowering them to protect themselves and to use their time and efforts online more wisely.

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I have worked with my son, showcasing the organizations online games to help teach him how to behave and what to look for online.

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Make sure EVERYONE deploys their games within schools.

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With cyberbullying, sexting, and predators-- we need organzations like Web Wise Kids to spread online safety messaging. I am honored to be part of this amazing organization! These women care about children and education. This is truly a non-profit contributing to the well being of children.

Thank you for all you do!

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More donations are needed

Rating: 5 stars  

Game based learning is fun ! This is why learning technology safety with Web Wise Kids resources is fun! Our whole family has benefitted. Cell phones – my teens live by them – for telling time, texting friends, taking pictures, posting to Facebook, for communicating with teachers and coaches – and Web Wise Kids’ game, “It’s Your Call” has served as a reference point and reminder that cell phones are valuable tools and that texts and photos are permanent - send with care. My teens rolled their eyes when I sat them down to play “MISSING.” But it wasn’t long before all three of us were grabbing the mouse and keyboard to try to solve the codes and get past the game levels that gained entry to the next section (good thing one of us is a ‘gamer!’). This game exemplified what an online predator might say or do – so that my teens might recognize similar behavior when online. “Wired With Wisdom” – I like the ‘bite-size’ game segments that this offers busy parents, like me.
Web Wise Kids games are like good books that you re-read again and again.

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Online and cell safety knowledge base gained via gamed-education for my family.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage cell and internet providers to partner with Web Wise Kids as a means of encouraging safe use of their products.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been actively involved with WWK for a year now. Although my children are older now, I sure wish that I had know about this organization and their amazing education materials for children and parents on ensuring that children have the critical thinking skills when it comes to technology and where technology takes them such as the internet. My children, 17 and 20 are now active and supporting WWK. They have also learned from the education provided and are able to now communicate that to their peers effectively. It gives me great comfort and peace of mind that my children...the future parents of the world, will have this knowledge to pass on to their children who will be born into a technology world. This organization can touch every life, every age and every demographic. And I forgot to mention they do all of this through a medium that children understand and will WANT to learn....creative and interactive video games. Anyone reading this review should feel confident that your valuable dollars will be well spent with this organization.

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My children, 17 and 20, have learned valuable lessons, as did my wife and I with regard to internet and cell phone safety.

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Begin the process of international impact

Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Educating children and parents about being good cyber citizens.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

General support and to begin distribution of the new Spanish translation

What would you tell others about this organization?

You cannot go wrong and it touches everyone who is using technology

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to Web Wise Kids by a friend, and from the moment I met the staff, I would have done anything to help! What a dedicated, hard-working, committed group of people. They truly care about the kids and families they are serving, and are always striving to get information about online safety out to a wider audience.
In the year I have been involved with Web Wise Kids, I have been consistently impressed and inspired by their efforts. It's an organization I am proud to be involved with.

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The feedback WWK gets from the families they serve is amazing. So many kids have started thinking about online safety after playing these video games. It's inspiring to see how much awareness is being created.

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WWK needs what every outstanding non-profit needs: more volunteers, more donations - and more people to help spread the word about the programs and services they provide. I hope we are on the path to raising awareness of their organization through social media and other efforts.

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