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Boca’s cyberspace safety for kids group has bigger plans

Focused on anti-bullying and cyberspace safety for two decades, KidSafe Foundation unveiled bigger plans at an annual fundraiser.

“We’re going from grassroots to expand our reach to go national,” board chairman Peter Oldbury said at KidSafe’s Boca Chamber Festival Days Monday evening.

Rocco’s Tacos cleared the restaurant in the Boca Center after 240 supporters registered in advance. Another 55 paid at the door. But Margarita Monday produced much bigger news than usual.

“Our plan is to increase our reach and improve our outcomes locally. All while developing and improving our materials and programming that supports families locally and nationally,” co-founder and chief program officer Cherie Benjoseph said.  

“We just launched The KidSafe Book of Fun Activities which was displayed at the Rocco’s event. This a great activity book for parents to do with their kids to get the personal safety conversation going.

“Keep an eye out for our new website being launched by month’s end. And CampSafe, a training for staff to keep kids safe at summer camp coming soon.”

KidSafe board president Peter Oldbury, left, with U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch at KidSafe Foundation’s annual Margarita Monday fundraiser during Boca Chamber Festival Days.

“We have to learn the language to listen to our children and keep them safe,” added Laura Askowitz, KidSafe’s new CEO as of July 1. “We will get the information out there.”

Askowitz was KidSafe’s operations and programs director for three years, said co-founder and executive director Sally Berenzweig. “She spearheaded the development of our new strategic plan and formulated clear, measurable goals …over the next three years.”

Congressman Ted Deutch and his district director Wendi Lipsich were among KidSafe’s longtime supporters there Monday. “I support what they do,” Deutch said.

Lipsich is the founding board secretary. “I’ve been with them since the beginning,” she said. “They will do everything it takes until every school is educated about [cyber] safety.”

By Marci Shatzman

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