D.A.R.E. and Drug News

 

D.A.R.E. has it’s very first iPhone and iPad app! Our partner www.LuckyKatTV.com has created a fun new game app called DARENS DONUTS.

It’s a great way to engage our D.A.R.E. kids and to introduce even more people to Daren! The majority of the words in the game are based on our curriculum with a few interesting animals thrown in for fun.

The introductory price of the app is only 99 cents for both the iPhone and iPad and is available right now in iTunes. Every download of the game benefits D.A.R.E. As we roll into the new school year, we’ve been told the app has the potential for becoming a Top 25 app which will raise both awareness and money for D.A.R.E.!

So be sure to tell all your students, co-workers, friends and neighbors about this fun new app that’s entertaining AND helps a great cause at the same time! Don’t forget to post it on your Facebook page as well!

Let’s help get this app into the Top 25 as we celebrate our 25th Year of helping children!

Search the name “DARENS DONUTS” on iTunes and download it today!

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D.A.R.E./iKeepSafe Program Deemed Effective by Educators, Online Safety Expert

 

DALLAS, June 25 /PRNews-- As children enjoy the numerous benefits of the Internet, they are also constantly faced with a number of challenges, including cyberbullying. However, AT&T, iKeepSafe, D.A.R.E. and Symantec today announced the results of a recent study that demonstrates the effectiveness of an innovative educational program launched last year to provide children with the knowledge and tools to respond to a cyberbullying situation.

 

The study, conducted by online safety expert and Educational Technology Policy, Research and Outreach Director (ET-PRO) Dr. Davina Pruitt-Mentle, found that:

 

The number of students describing multiple effective responses to cyberbullying scenarios increased by more than 43 percent. The program helped students understand that their negative action - such as telling the cyberbully to stop - may serve to antagonize the cyberbully into continuing their behavior; or deleting the message, can eliminate a source of evidence and a means to track the perpetrator.

 

Student recognition that they should tell a trusted adult whensomeone elsewas being cyberbullied went up 77 percent.Students recognized the 3 Keeps of Internet Safety (online safety lessons taught by iKeepSafe), including not giving out personal information; they were taught the dangers of revealing personal information through online communication.

 

Teachers found the content relevant and timely, D.A.R.E. officers' depth and breadth of technical knowledge valuable in answers to students' questions, and students highly motivated and engaged during the movie and with the follow up discussion and group work.

 

The curriculum is taught to children in grades five and six during the school year by D.A.R.E. officers in classrooms throughout the country. Students are taught by DARE officers how to identify cyberbullying and steps the students can take to prevent and to combat it. Students learn to protect their privacy and reach out for help if they--or friends--become victims of cyberbullying. To date, approximately 3,200 officers have been trained to provide the instruction.

 

The study included a select group of more than 1,100 students from sixteen private and public schools in urban, suburban and rural areas. Nearly one-half of the students surveyed were considered minority, including African-American, Native American/Alaskan Native and Latino.