Web Wise Kids And Verizon Team Up To Coach Spokane Area Schools On Internet Safety In Washington

SPOKANE, WA — NorthEast Washington Educational Service District (NEWESD or ESD 101) will hold a free Internet Safety & Digital Citizenship Workshop thanks to a $20,000 grant from co-sponsor Web Wise Kids through the Verizon Foundation. The training kicks off Monday, February 6 in Spokane, WA at the NEWESD 101 Conference Center at 4202 South Regal beginning with a press event at 8:30 a.m.

The grant will enable school administrators from seven eastern Washington counties to learn more about state and federal policies and procedures, and receive training on the Web Wise Kids award-winning “It’s Your Call” safety game. “It’s Your Call” is an interactive game based on true stories that allows users to play out difficult situations on cyberspace safety before they occur in real life. NEWESD serves and supports 59 public school districts and 47 state-approved private schools in Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties.

“Web Wise Kids is committed to providing unique and effective resources to enable our youth to safely experience the latest technologies,” said Judi Westberg-Warren, President of Web Wise Kids. “Through Verizon’s support we are able to partner with the NEWESD to promote the importance of teaching kids how they can be their own first line of defense when it comes to internet and cell phone safety.”

“At Verizon Wireless we feel it is important that our customers have the best overall wireless experience with access to American’s largest 4G LTE network and most reliable 3G network,” said Bobby Morrison, Verizon Wireless Pacific Northwest region president. “Through our sponsorship of Web Wise Kids, young people can empower themselves with this knowledge to make good choices while enjoying all the advantages that modern technology has to offer.”

Verizon illustrates the company’s commitment to internet safety with a series of online and wireless Parental Control tools, such as content ratings, call blocking, text and call limits, Family Locator service and more. The Verizon Parental Control Center can be accessed at http://parentalcontrolcenter.com/ and also includes web content filtering and blocking and FiOS TV Parental Controls. Verizon also offers software called the Verizon Internet Security Suite to protect computers and family information from a wide array of threats, every hour of every day.

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.

About Web Wise KidsWeb Wise Kids is a national non-profit organization dedicated to empowering today's youth to programs for young people. Today's e-generation is taught valuable lessons using unique computer games with fun, interactive simulations based on real-life criminal cases. Web Wise Kids programs have reached more than ten million children and thousands of parents nationwide in conjunction with school systems, law enforcement, and community-based youth organizations. www.webwisekids.org

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 108.7 million total wireless connections, including 92.2 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 82,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.