During this global pandemic, we are turning towards technology now more than ever to keep us connected. At BBBS, we're grateful our matches can continue to stay in touch, but know this comes with additional responsibilities to ensure the safety of our Littles.
The below resources provide education for parents, guardians, and mentors as well as resources to share with youth and help them learn about internet safety.
Internet Crimes Against Children:
This has resources on general Internet safety, gaming, cyberbullying, etc..
Teaching Internet Safety to Teens
Videos, short films, games and interactive comics that teach teens about making safer choices online:
NetSmartz Online Safety Educational Program
An interactive, educational program that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer online. This is designed for children 5-17, parents/guardians, educators.
Below we've added additional links to age specific web series that present digital safety lessons in a fun and age-appropriate manner:
Additional Resources for Internet Safety
Tip sheet on gaming safely
Parents’ Guide to Smartphone Safety
Protecting your kids online
For additional guidance or questions on how best to share these resources with your Little, please reach out to your Match Support Specialist. If you have additional ideas and resource, please feel free to share with Diane Brown at email@example.com.
VIRGINIA, April 13, 2020 | Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, recently ranked in the Morning Consult's Top 10 Survey for Most Favorable Nonprofit and Most Trusted Nonprofit, is excited to announce the appointment of Danielle Cohen as its new chief executive officer. After a competitive selection process, the BBBS board and executive search committee chose Danielle Cohen to serve as the organization’s new executive director.
“We are thrilled to welcome Danielle to the organization,” said Candace Nicolls, board president of BBBS Services. “The board is confident that under her leadership, the organization will continue to expand our reach while keeping our commitment to delivering best quality programs to our youth. Her experience and passion will be invaluable to our success.”
Danielle joins us with 20 years of experience leading nonprofit teams, building comprehensive strategies, developing talent, growing community involvement, and driving successful fundraising campaigns. Most recently she served as Director of Development at JDRF of Greater CT / Western MA, a global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Danielle has spent over 15 years serving organizations here in Richmond including American Heart Association, Virginia State University, The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, and The Steward School. Notably, she received the Campaign in Excellence Award and two Campaign Achievement Awards during her tenure as Director of Development at the American Heart Association.
Danielle is a graduate from University of Richmond and holds a Masters of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Danielle succeeds Ann Rohde Payes, who dedicated seven years of service to BBBS and oversaw growth of the program from Greater Richmond and Tri-Cities to the Virginia Peninsula and Hampton Roads. Thank you to everyone helping us continue our valuable work serving youth and matching them with caring, adult mentors.
Please join us in welcoming Danielle to Big Brothers Big Sisters!
We know that COVID-19 has serious implications for the well being of all of us, but especially for LGBTQ youth. Even before the global pandemic, studies have shown that LGBTQ youth are at an increased risk for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidality. The increase of social distancing means that many LGBTQ youth have experienced a decrease in positive social relationships, and we want to help combat that.
Check out our list of local and national resources to support our LGBTQ community.
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