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Garfield Set to Teach Online Safety to over 2,000 children in SE Florida with Commissioner Holness

Necessities For Children (NFC) and The Center for Cyber Safety and Education (the Center), an international nonprofit based in Clearwater, Fl, has partnered for Cyber Safety Day in SE Florida on December 8, 2021. The Center has provided Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures to over 25,000 children through Cyber Safety Day events since 2018. Through this initiative, children in over 20 schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties will receive a lesson on safe social media posting with Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures thanks to generous contributions from the Walmart Foundation, Awareness Tech and individual donors. These one-day events ensure public school children receive fundamental skills to become responsible digital citizens with the help of Garfield and friends.

Our combined missions are particularly poignant when you understand that 53 percent of children in the United States have a smartphone by the time they are 11 years old. Florida is ranked 3 out of 50 states for human trafficking. Moreover, according to the Center’s research, 40 percent of elementary age children connected with an online stranger. Of that 40 percent, 30 percent texted, and 11 percent met a stranger in their own home, at the stranger’s home or a park, mall or restaurant.

The designated Media School’ is Jack & Jill Center, 1315 W Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 at 10:00-11:00AM. Media can capture lessons being delivered between 10-10:30, followed by a special guest to share a few words, Commissioner Holness at 10:30. Jack & Jill Center is a community-based organization serving the young children of high-need parents who work or attend school in order to strengthen themselves and their families. Media are to RSVP to to be added to the guest list.

With support of the community, partners, sponsors and donors, we hope to impact ALL of Grade 3 youth across Florida next year with a statewide Cyber Safety Day! We invite you to join us and make a difference in the lives of children.

Together, we are impacting lives.

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