At first glance you may think that this post is a little outdated. The Wired Kids Summit in Washington DC was held this year at the end of May. And at that event many Wired Moms were introduced for the first time to an amazing group of kids known as the Teen Angels. (Pictured here just a few of the teenangels that presented their research in Washington D.C. this year).
The thing about being a mom is that we want to know everything we can about the stuff that impacts our kids directly. So, when we have a 6 year old in the house we want to know about beginning reading, sports for young kids, school, and anymore these days video games and technology for the young child. As each year goes by we need to learn new things.
So, even though the Teen Angel program has been around for over 10 years there are those moms out there that are just finding out about it now. And there will be moms who will be just finding out about it next year for the first time and so on.
What is a Teen Angel?
This was one of the programs that our moms who attended the Wired Kids Summit were most excited about and at a recent Build-a-Bear connect conference this was the topic that generated the most interest from the Wired Moms presentation.
Teenangels are a group of thirteen to eighteen year old volunteers (tweenangels are younger and have been as young as eight years old) that have been specially trained in all aspects of online safety, privacy and security. After completion of the required training, the Teenangels run unique programs in schools to spread the word about responsible and safe surfing to other teens and younger kids, parents, and teachers.
They write columns for Web sites and become expert public speakers and researchers. They work with companies like Disney, Microsoft and AOL and are trained by law enforcement agencies.
If your school does not have a teen angel program it is easy to get one started. CLICK HERE for more information on becoming a teenangel or starting a new chapter in your area.