Children Will Be Safe Online Thanks to the Efforts of Hotwire Communications and the KidSafe Foundation

Fort Lauderdale, FL, May, 19, 2017. Over $16,000 was raised for the KidSafe Foundation during the Great Give of Palm Beach County, a single day of fundraising efforts for Palm Beach County 501c3 nonprofit organizations.  KidSafe Foundation employees, Board Members and volunteers were hosted at the headquarters of Hotwire Communications Technology Center.  A team of dedicated Hotwire employees participated, personally supporting KidSafe during this 24 hour giving campaign. Hotwire Communications is on the front lines in the fight to keep kids safe online, one of the ultimate goals of the KidSafe Foundation.

As a provider of gigabit Internet through Fision Fiber Optics, Hotwire Communications was especially poised to utilize various social media outlets to create and upload multiple employee and volunteer videos of direct appeals for donations from local and nationwide partners. The outreach garnered $1,170 from Hotwire Communications employees directly, almost 10% of all funds that were reinvested.

“Hotwire being such a great community ambassador, and the message that KidSafe delivers, it’s a natural partnership.” said Amaurys Perez, Supervisor for Launch Account Managers at Hotwire Communications. “For us being a fiber optics Internet service provider [we want] to make sure that kids are safe on the Internet.”

At the heart of the KidSafe Foundation is a team of dedicated volunteers and individuals who are devoted to educating over 55,000 children and 30,000 adults in the best practices of personal safety, including all aspects of online safety. “As the Program Coordinator, I have had the wonderful job of actually being out today visiting schools” said Laura Askowitz, Program Coordinator for the KidSafe Foundation. “[We are] telling schools yes, that because of generous grants and donations like yours, they are receiving the KidSafe program this fall”.

KidSafe’s mission reminds us all that with the ever-changing landscape of the Internet, it is more important than ever to bring awareness to children’s online safety. At Hotwire Communications, we believe everyone has a part to play in making the online realm a safer place for our children to learn, explore and enjoy the Internet and all it has to offer.

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About Hotwire Communications: Hotwire Communications is an industry leader in providing Gigabit connectivity and streaming video solutions to residential and business environments. For over a decade, Hotwire has been at the forefront of the Gigabit revolution, installing fiber optic networks and delivering 1 Gbps speed since 2005.   Hotwire now delivers 10 Gbps connectivity to residential, commercial, hospitality, student and senior living environments through its Fision® Home, Work, Stay, U, and Encore divisions respectively.  Hotwire Communications provides state-of-the-art technology, superior white-glove customer care, and an expanding suite of bundled telecommunication services.  For more information please visit www.hotwirecommunications.com.

Media Contact:

Karla Thatcher – Karla.Thatcher@hotwiremail.com

 

About KidSafe Foundation:  KidSafe Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect children by preventing  child  sexual  abuse,  bullying  and  internet  exploitation  through  comprehensive education for children, parents, and professionals. For more information on KidSafe Foundation, visit http://kidsafefoundation.org.

Testimonials

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be included in the KidSafe program. I highly recommend this program to other schools. We hope that we will be given the same opportunity for our Kindergarten and 2nd grade students to be a part of this wonderful program during the 2016-2017 school year."

Mrs. Keelyn Meselsohn 2nd Grade Teacher/Team Leader Tradewinds Elementary School

"The Safe and Smart Series Book My Body Is Special and Belongs To Me is kept in my middle school clinic and has been a tool that has opened many conversations for me between students that have experienced a difficult situation and were unable to talk about it. Through the illustrations and nonjudgmental verbiage the author has allowed kids permission to share their feelings about invasion of their personal space. Thank you so much."

Nurse Connie, PBC School Nurse 6.8.2016

"I'm so grateful that KidSafe has partnered with my daughter's school.  I learned so much in the parent training--how to recognize potential sexual predator behavior; how to quiz my child about what they would do in different scenarios; and how to explain safe and unsafe touch.  In addition, knowing that my daughter is receiving weekly trainings on these topics gives me great peace of mind.  I have confidence that I can reinforce what she is learning in school in order to prevent her from ever being a victim of such a heinous crime.  Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities' most vulnerable citizens."

Christina Kranick

“It was a normal Saturday and I was at the rink with my 7 and 8 year old. My son asked me if he could use the Men’s Restroom by himself.  Without hesitation, my daughter said,  Absolutely not! I was in KidSafe today and you cannot go to the restroom alone.  It is very important that Mommy is with you.. with us.   I was so proud of my little girl!  We are so blessed to have Debbie Miller at our school teaching our children the importance of safety. Many thanks to you all!  Your program and instruction is absolutely amazing.  Keep up the great work!"  

Tara Henley Admissions Assistant, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, Ft. Lauderdale

I am a parent of two Pine Crest children and I attended your program on Monday night. I just wanted to thank you so very much for the very informative seminar. As hard as it was to hear all of those things, it was very needed. We were thrilled that you were able to come and share that very important information with us and our children. So again...thank you.

Elisa Aronberg

Today’s training was awesome! It was very informative. Sally was a very good resource, she motivated us a lot! We want to pass on this information to parents, teachers and students! Thank you for offering workshops like this. These are tools we use to continue serving our children and families.

Participant from Children’s Services Council of Broward Seminar

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