August 18, 2008
eGuardian and WoogiWorld Bolster School Budgets, Protect Children Online
Across the country, school system budgets are being pinched by the downturn in the economy. eGuardian, the only online protection to block predators effectively and make search engines and social networking sites safer for children, has partnered with WoogiWorld, a child-safe and engaging virtual world, to support schools desperate for an infusion of cash.
"Many schools around the country are seeing their budgets shrink for the new school year. As a result, educators are having to spend precious time seeking out and managing sponsors or coordinating fundraisers," said Ron Zayas, chief executive officer, eGuardian. "We are pleased to partner with WoogiWorld to give educators a program that can put teachers back in the classroom, and provide revenue at the same time."
The companies announced the launch of a new philanthropic venture offering eGuardian's child protection service, and access to WoogiWorld, for schools to use as a fundraiser. Schools can make the software and membership, valued at $29, available to parents for a nominal donation (determined by each school), with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the schools.
eGuardian software is unique from site blocking software that limits where a child can go online. Instead, the service enables partner sites, such as WoogiWorld, to provide a safer environment for children.
Using its patent-pending verification process, eGuardian authenticates the age and identity of every member. Once verified, eGuardian members become part of a trusted community that ensures each child can only communicate with other verified children on secure sites. And with eGuardian, a child's identity is always kept secure, and will never be shared. Members still can IM, e-mail and use social networking sites through the protected online resources, keeping them free from predators.
"WoogiWorld is committed to children's welfare -- whether they are in a virtual world or the real world," said WoogiWorld CEO Scott Dow. "By providing our service to the schools free-of-charge, school districts around the country can potentially generate millions of dollars to go directly into its coffers."
Allied organizations praise eGuardian and WoogiWorld for joining efforts to combat the rise of online predators.
"Since 2000, Web Wise Kids has been committed to preventing online child victimization by providing innovative and effective tools to assist youth to stay safe online," said Norman Wolfe, chairman, Web Wise Kids and CEO, Quantum Leaders Inc. "The ultimate solution is a combination of education, legislation and technology. We applaud eGuardian and WoogiWorld for trying to give kids a brighter future by investing in their education and providing them with the tools to help keep them safe online."
Schools that register by Sept. 30 are eligible to receive eGuardian free. To learn more, go to www.eguardian.com/schools.
eGuardian is a child's constant companion on the Internet. Based in Ontario, Calif., the company's patented technology provides a revolutionary new solution that blocks contact with online predators and filters out adult content without hindering a child's learning, social networking and exploring opportunities.
Through the safe, and engaging virtual world of www.woogiworld.com, elementary age children worldwide are becoming responsible Internet users and goodwill ambassadors, learning and implementing the character traits that are helping them be good influences in their homes, schools, and communities -- ultimately leading out in the global "Woogi phenomenon" of kids driving good works.
About Web Wise Kids
Web Wise Kids (WWK), established in 2000 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that receives partial funding from the U.S. Congress through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs. WWK is dedicated to empowering today's youth to make wise choices online and specializes in providing easy to use, school-approved Internet safety education for youth ages 11 to 16. Today's e-generation is taught valuable lessons in their own medium using computer games with high tech simulations based on real life criminal cases. For more information about Web Wise Kids, please visit www.webwisekids.org.
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