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Shining a Light on Education

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I believe it was Voltaire who said, “Common sense is not so common.” Such is the case for the educational bureaucracy suffocating our children’s future with their sociological experiments in public schools. Parental involvement and transparency seem like common sense requirements to any successful public-school program, but not according to the radicals who so often have taken over education in our cities and states. They are hurting our kids, putting on them unnecessary burdens to satisfy their personal cravings while actively shielding themselves from accountability by keeping parents in the dark.

The age of Tik Tok has exposed how a disturbing number of teachers use their classrooms for self-affirmation, with many planning their “coming out” as LGBTQ+ as teaching exercises, or tricking students into pledging to the LGBTQ+ flag, or incentivizing them to attend Antifa rallies for classroom credit, or promoting Critical Race Theory (CRT) themes to shame white students about their “privilege.” The list is endless.

The curriculum and books assigned are often chosen to support these same radical ideas. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (Republican) recently brought attention to one book being used. In a recent interview, she quoted from the “memoir-manifesto” called “All Boys Aren’t Blue” by the self-identified “non-binary” author George Johnson. The scene she mentioned describes a graphic and disturbing sexual act between two cousins, both male. I will not quote the passage as it is too graphic, but, just so you get a taste, it starts with, “You told me to take my pajamas, my pajama pants … You then took off your shorts, followed by your boxers.”

There are hundreds of books like this in our K-12 school libraries all over the country. Some may be in your child’s school. But you are kept in the dark by design.

The answer to the works of darkness is always light. This is the invitation that Paul gives us in Ephesians 5:11 to “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”

In that spirit, I want to highlight for you one effort that every state should take up. These are efforts to require school curriculum, resources, and training materials to be posted and easily searchable to the public online. If your state does not have this law, I encourage you to approach your elected state representative or senator with the idea. Christopher Rufo at the Manhattan Institute, who has been an important voice exposing the CRT tentacles in our society, has a model bill called “A Model for Transparency in School Training and Curriculum,” which can be a useful starting point.

But a number of states have similar legislation in the works — Arizona, Utah, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, among others.

Transparency is the key. No longer should school bureaucracies be able to shield bad actors within our education system, as they have done for years.

But rest assured that school bureaucracies will not give up that power easily. It must be demanded. By you and me.

Concerned Women Applaud Virginia AG Miyares for his Public Universities COVID-19 Vaccines Opinion

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Attorney General Jason Miyares issued a legal opinion today that Virginia colleges cannot require their students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a general condition of students’ enrollment or in-person attendance.

Miyares highlights the opinion that “as recognized in the prior opinion, ‘[t]here is no question that the General Assembly could enact a statute requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for in-person school attendance.’ As of this writing, it has not done so. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly has amended other statutes to address pandemic-related issues.”

Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), gave the following statement responding to today’s release:

“Attorney General Miyares’ opinion proves that he respects the rule of law and listens to students, parents, and school employees. His first opinion as Virginia AG is a huge step in the right direction to personal freedom in education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. No student should be denied admission to an institution or admittance to class because of their vaccine status.

“Nothing in Virginia law empowers public universities to make such requirements, and therefore we urge them to immediately rescind their policies.policies.

“We are grateful to Gov. Youngkin and Attorney General Miyares and urge them to continue prioritizing education, parents, and students in Virginia and continue to push back on the authoritarian establishment.

“Concerned Women for America applauds Attorney General Miyares and will continue to stand up for individual freedom and civil rights for Americans.”

For media inquiries, please contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary 571-420-248

Nance Discusses Justice Breyer’s retirement and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona with EWTN

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Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, Penny Nance joined EWTN to discuss Justice Breyer’s retirement and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. Listen to the full interview below to hear about the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation battle and the Biden Administrations’ war on parents.

Nance Discusses Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona with EWTN from Concerned Women for America on Vimeo.

Nance calls on the Secretary of Education to resign.

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Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, joined conservative leaders calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to resign, citing revelations from a Freedom of Information Act request uncovering his personal involvement in the National School Boards Association letter that prompted the Attorney General of the United States to issue a directive to law enforcement against parents speaking up at school board meetings.

“Secretary Cardona’s involvement in the conception of this letter is especially alarming considering that it was subsequently used by the Department of Justice to legitimize a new initiative cracking down on vaguely defined ‘threats’ to school boards — and threatening the First Amendment rights of parents to speak freely and petition their government.”

Read the full memorandum from conservative leaders HERE.

Nance in Townhall: The One Area Where Youngkin Should Follow Former Govs. McAuliffe and Northam’s Lead

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Parents’ rights in education won Glenn Youngkin (Republican) the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial election. Now, in order to live up to the promises of his campaign and turn the tide of Virginia’s leftward lurch in the education system, Governor-Elect Youngkin should follow the lead of his predecessors. He must appoint stalwart members to Virginias Higher-ed institutions governing boards who will stand up for the rights and interests of the people who voted for him.

Read the latest from Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, entitled “The One Area Where Youngkin Should Follow Former Govs. McAuliffe and Northam’s Lead” in Townhall Opinion here.

CWA Stands with Religious School and Parents

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Today, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Carson v. Makin. The case involves a Maine tuition assistance program that discriminates against religious institutions. As Concerned Women for America (CWA) explains in its brief, the case involves serious violations of religious freedoms. The program takes important educational decisions away from families in Maine, treating parents who desire a religious education for their children like second-class citizens.

CWA CEO and President Penny Nance said:

“This state infringes on foundational constitutional rights by denying tuition assistance based on a family’s desire to raise their children according to their faith. Maine’s law seeks to remove religious institutions from the education choices of parents and families who reside there. Parents should have freedom when it comes to their children’s education, whether secular or religious.

“A school’s eligibility to receive funds should not be contingent on the educational institution’s religious beliefs. The state of Maine should honor funds promised in the tuition assistance program regardless of the educational choice of the parent.”

Nance in Fox News: Hey Joe Biden and Democrats, leave our kids and childcare alone

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In recent years, the American system of self-governance has shifted to an all-powerful watchdog that seeks to control every aspect of its people’s lives. But it may have just taken its most egregious overstep: a federal power grab to control childcare.

Read the latest from Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, entitled “Hey Joe Biden and Democrats, leave our kids and childcare alone” in Fox News Opinion here.

YWA September Leader’s Call with Rep. Chip Roy

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Rep. Chip Roy (Republican) serves the 21st District of Texas. At the end of July, Rep. Roy introduced the Protecting Life on College Campus Act of 2021 alongside Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) and Rep. Mary Miller (R-Illinois).

The Protecting Life on College Campus Act of 2021 would prohibit the federal government from funding “any institution of higher education that hosts or is affiliated with any school-based service site that provides abortion drugs or abortions to students of the institution or to employees of the institution or site.”

We are grateful to Rep. Roy for taking a firm stand for life and excited to have him join our YWA Leader’s Call on September 13.

Date: Monday, September 13
Time: 
5:30 p.m. Eastern (4:30 p.m. Central; 3:30 p.m. Mountain; 2:30 p.m. Pacific)
Register 
hereand please feel free to share the link with like-minded friends and family! An email with the link for the call and information will follow upon registration.

Best,
Annabelle Rutledge
National Director, Young Women for America

From the Frontlines: How This Mom Is Putting Woke School Boards on Notice

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Today, the Loudoun County School Board in Virginia will meet once again to vote on various matters concerning what some parents cite as “indoctrination” in their schools. The latest in a trove of Critical Race Theory clashes, this meeting was rescheduled after the first attempt was shut down earlier this summer, citing too much chaos.

To offer some insights into this new ground zero, Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, sat down with Monica Gill – a wife, mother, author, and educator who has spent over 25 years in the education system right at the center of it all: Loudoun County, VA. Monica has been on the frontlines of this battle, defending the Biblical worldview, and bringing attention to the damaging effects Critical Race Theory is having on students.

Listen to the full conversation and get some advice from Monica on what others can do who are willing to stand in the gap. You can listen by clicking below or by searching “Concerned Women Today” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or anywhere else you normally stream.

Why Christians should reject Critical Race Theory

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What is Critical Race Theory (CRT)? CRT is a lens through which people can choose to view the world, and it presents a society in which there are two categories oppressor (white) and oppressed (non-white). CRT has grown under the false notion that it seeks to provide empathy and reconciliation for past wrongs in America. Many believe that it is an avenue to discuss injustice, history, race, and civil rights.

Supporters claim, “The movement champions many of the same concerns as the civil rights movement but places those concerns within a broader economic and historical context. It often elevates the equality principles of the Fourteenth Amendment above the liberty principles of the First Amendment.” However, CRT is the antithesis of the civil rights movement. It does not seek equality—it seeks equity. Critical Race theorists actually stand against some of Martin Luther King Junior’s founding ideas.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.

Critical Race theorists believe this concept of colorblindness in itself is racist because it “ignores” disparities toward black and brown people of color. CRT theorists believe that people should and must see color in order to combat white supremacy.

“Colorblindness neutralizes non-neutral baselines. It makes it seem like race is introduced when we think about racial disparity as if race is not already there,” – Kimberlé Crenshaw, co-pioneer in the CRT movement.

Many Christians are allowing Critical Race Theory to shape their worldview, albeit actively or passively, but there are three distinct reasons why Christians should reject CRT outright.

First, CRT teaches the sin of partiality. The theory leaves little to no room for other factors in disparities; instead, it separates based on skin color. CRT shares the fundamental belief with the concept they claim to fight against—white supremacy. Both concepts share the foundational belief that white skin is superior and, therefore, results in benefits in society. Followers of Christ are instructed to not partake in favoritism or partiality toward any group— including based on economic status, ethnicity, or race, as seen in Leviticus 19:15, 1 Timothy 5:21, and Deuteronomy 1:17.

“If you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers” (James 2:9).

The CRT lens of oppressor (white) – oppressed (non-white) offers no forgiveness to those who look like people who committed past wrongs. The theory claims that white Americans, regardless of their personal experiences, must unlearn their inherent racism and are responsible for the disparities in society. This concept imparts guilt to the guiltless. Believers should reject this as we know racism is a sin problem, not a skin problem, and we cannot justify hatred toward our fellow man (1 John 4:20).

Further, CRT states that our core identity is in our skin color rather than Christ. Christians, on the other hand, place Christ as the center and embrace all peoples because God created us all. All people are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image (Psalm 139:14). Our core identity is in Christ, not the color of our skin (2 Cor 5:17). I may be fearfully and wonderfully brown, and a brother or sister may be fearfully and wonderfully white. However, these characteristics are not our identities.

Third, CRT justifies covetousness. CRT claims to advocate for equality and equal opportunity, but, in reality, it advocates for equity and equal outcomes. Those are not the same. Equal opportunity guarantees that we are all treated the same, but equity demands that we all obtain the same success, regardless of circumstances. It encourages us to see our success in terms of my neighbors, promoting envy. If I am not as successful as my white classmate, it must be because the school is discriminating against me for being brown.

Equity is not Biblical. In Luke 12:13-15, Jesus warns us about the dangers of coveting:

“Then one from the crowd said to Him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to
divide the inheritance with me.’ But He said to him, ‘Man, who
made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?’ And He said to them,
‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does
not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.’”

The man in the crowd assumed that Jesus would split the inheritance because of the injustice or unequal outcome, but Jesus saw it far more important to warn of the root problem of the issue—the condition of his heart. The sin of covetousness is masked under the false sense of “equality.” Christians should beware of CRT’s perhaps unintended push towards covetousness.

As British author and evangelist Campbell Morgan once said, “To divide property between covetous men is to prepare for future strife. To make men free from covetousness is to make peace.”

CRT does not teach true history, nor does it seek to unify people; rather, it reaches far into the past of American history to blame injustices on one particular group that, in reality, had nothing to do with the injustices of the past. Why would we, as believers, hold bitterness and animosity toward our white brothers and sisters who have not committed these injustices? Scripture tells us, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31).

As believers, we should speak the truth in love as we pray for wisdom and boldness to speak against these social theories that go against the Gospel. Samuel Sey, author of Slow to Write, said it well, “The most tempting thing about critical race theory for me isn’t that I will sin by embracing its false Gospel. The most tempting thing about it for me is that I’ll sin by reacting against it in a manner unworthy of the Gospel.” Let us remember his words and stand against CRT in a manner worthy of our calling to be disciples of Christ.

Webinar: How to Lobby the Education Bureaucracy

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Date: Thursday, July 8
Time: 4:00 p.m. Eastern [3:00 p.m. Central; 2:00 p.m. Mountain; 1:00 p.m. Pacific)

Webinar Description:
Navigating and influencing the education bureaucracy can be very confusing and somewhat intimidating. It is vital to know when and how to approach your local and state school boards. This webinar will teach citizen activists effective techniques on how to go before school boards, state committees, or teacher groups with pressing concerns in order to cause change. You will walk away knowing you can make positive changes for your children and the community.

Register here.

 

School Districts: The New Ground Zero

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Critical Race Theory. Project 1619. Girls and boys using the same bathrooms and locker rooms. Biological males competing as female athletes. Preferred pronouns. Sex education.

Radical liberal elitists have been hard at work co-opting local school boards and departments of education for years in order to spread their ideology. But parents and concerned citizens are waking up, speaking up, and fighting back against the Left’s extremist goals to indoctrinate and sexualize students in school systems across America.

Case in point: Concerned Women for America (CWA) was in the trenches with parents last night at two separate school board meetings fighting against transgender issues and Critical Race Theory. I wanted to share with you our front-line report from the meetings and CWA action items.

Loudoun County Virginia
Don’t believe the national media hype about the Loudoun County School Board meeting last night. CWA staff and interns joined over 300 parents and concerned citizens of Loudoun County to stand in opposition to the school board’s rush to push two transgender policies: allowing transgender students to use the bathroom corresponding to their preferred gender and to participate in sports with biological males and females based on that preference.

Per our staff, the board room was filled to capacity with parents and citizens attending to peacefully oppose the proposed transgender policies. It was evident from the beginning of the meeting that the Leftist board chair was intent on stoking the fires to get a reaction out of the parents with the aim of gaining “newsworthy” coverage. The chairwoman shut down public comments because the attendees booed an LGBT activist who said there was “hate dripping from the followers of Jesus in this room” and by causing “chaos” by applauding the impassioned comment by former State Sen. Dick Black (R-Loudoun County). Before the crowd began to disperse, the crowd sang the national anthem. Unfortunately, a disturbance was made by a couple of individuals after the meeting ended, which the media latched on to for their stories.

Ft. Worth, Texas
Compare that to the meeting in Texas where passionate parents in Fort Worth rose to speak in opposition to the school district’s emphasis on radical ideology over academics. Danielle Buck, CWA employee and mother, spoke out against Critical Race Theory and urged the school board to stop investing in divisive, politically charged ideologies. Danielle commented, “CRT is an ideology that is wrong. More than that, it is abusive, racist, and discriminatory. I will not be silent anymore. I am a mom teaching my son that how we treat others should be based on who they are and not on the color of their skin.” Though cheers are heard there, the board was much more accommodating to the parents’ concerns and there was no need for law enforcement to get involved.

Take Action!

Here are a few strategic ways you can engage to help stop the Leftist’s radical ideology freight train that is moving 100-mph heading straight toward our children.

  1. Run for your local school board or recruit someone else to run.
  2. Attend your local school board meetings. Everything that relates to schools is decided at these meetings – standards, curricula, budget, hiring, and firing.
  3. Form a network of concerned parents and citizens to monitor and speak out on issues.
  4. Attend CWA’s free webinar “How to Lobby the Education Bureaucracy.” Details and registration below.

How to Lobby the Education Bureaucracy
Date: Thursday, July 8
Time: 4:00 p.m. Eastern [3:00 p.m. Central; 2:00 p.m. Mountain; 1:00 p.m. Pacific)
Register here.

Webinar Description:
Navigating and influencing the education bureaucracy can be very confusing and somewhat intimidating. It is vital to know when and how to approach your local and state school boards. This webinar will teach citizen activists effective techniques on how to go before school boards, state committees, or teacher groups with pressing concerns in order to cause change. You will walk away knowing you can make positive changes for your children and the community.

 

Critical Race Theory – Racism Under New Management

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Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the radical new ideology taking our culture – and schools – by storm. Wrapped up in pretty packaging, this dangerous worldview seeks to deconstruct America as we know it and reconstruct it into a Marxist society based on social equality.

As people of faith, we must lean into understanding these terms and what they really mean so that we can combat the idea that CRT is something virtuous to support.

On today’s episode of Concerned Women Today, theologian Darrell Harrison joins Penny Nance and Annabelle Rutledge to answer all of your questions and explain the true roots of what CRT is and for what it stands. Listen below or by searching “Concerned Women Today” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you normally stream your podcasts.

CWA Provides Live Testimony on Title IX

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This week the U.S. Department of Education held a virtual public hearing on Title IX and the Department’s role in addressing sex discrimination. Doreen Denny, CWA’s Vice President of Government Relations, provided live testimony on the issue of why subjective gender identity categories should not be added to sex discrimination under Title IX:

“Nothing in congressional statute or statutory interpretation of Title IX by the Supreme Court has changed the meaning of sex discrimination. The Department of Education has no legitimate authority to rewrite this federal civil rights law to redefine the immutable characteristic of sex to mean “gender identity” and thus force women to comply with allowing males who declare transgender status to have access to sex-separated schools, facilities, or sports programs for women.”

You can read Doreen’s full testimony here.

Watch Doreen’s live testimony below.

Rulemaking Is Your Chance to Make an Impact

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Use your voice to help Concerned Women for America hold the line against the Biden Administration’s aggressive, pro-abortion, anti-American agenda. Action items below.


The Biden Administration is rapidly translating President Biden’s radical and far-reaching agenda into new federal rulemaking. The goal of these proposed rules is to enshrine President Biden’s executive orders into regulations that will dictate the terms for federal programs. Where Executive Orders and Dear Colleague letters have limits, federal regulations offer legitimacy and permanency.

Federal rulemaking requires an administrative process established by law that includes a comment period of at least 30 days where the American public can weigh in on the proposed rules.  A federal agency must review all comments and adapt them in revising and finalizing any rule. Public comments that are not sufficiently taken into account can be used to challenge the final outcome. Rules stay in force until comparable action is taken to make changes.

It is vital that concerned citizens voice their position by commenting on proposed rules. Whereas letters to Congress are critical to influence members’ votes on legislation, comments through rulemaking are how citizens can impact the actions of the executive branch. This is perhaps the most significant way your voice counts in policymaking under the Biden Administration.

President Biden wants to overturn the progress made by the Trump administration in federal rulemaking, especially in the area of pro-life policy. He also wants to force progressive mandates across all federal agencies and programs, including redefining sex as gender identity, not biology, and forcing critical race theory and training in education, health care, law enforcement, and more.

Two proposed rules on these subjects with deadlines in mid-May have been published that provide a vital opportunity for your input. Our CWA Action Center provides the information, bullet points, and avenue you need to write a comment and submit it to the Federal Register.

  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Proposed Rule revoking Trump’s 2019 Title X rule to reinstate Planned Parenthood, remove separation from abortion requirements, and encourage abortion counseling and referral.
    COMMENT HERE
    Deadline: May 17, 2021
  2. U.S. Department of Education Proposed Rule requiring 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory curriculum priorities in federal American History and Civics Education grants
    COMMENT HERE
    Deadline: May 19, 2021

Please be counted in opposition to each of these proposed rules by submitting a comment today.

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Trump Orders Emergency Learning Scholarships

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As 2020 Ends and Schools Stay Closed, President Trump Orders Emergency Learning Scholarships to Offer Hope in the New Year  

COVID-19 caused many public schools to stay closed for most of 2020, creating mounting hardships for American students and their ability to continue learning effectively, especially those in difficult circumstances. Building on his past actions to help support students, President Trump closed out the year by signing an Executive Order “to ensure the education, health, safety, and well-being of America’s children, our most essential resource upon which the future of our great Nation depends.”

Under the Executive Order on Expanding Educational Opportunity Through School Choice, President Trump is seeking to protect American students who need in-person learning options from prolonged school closures. Despite providing $13 billion in federal support for K-12 schools to safely resume in-person learning earlier this year, more than half of all public-school students began school remotely this fall. The lack of in-person learning is showing the greatest harm among low-income students and students with disabilities.

As noted in the President’s order, research and surveys conducted through the pandemic have revealed many sobering results:

  • Students’ math progress in low-income neighborhoods decreased by nearly 50 percent, and those from middle-income neighborhoods fell by almost a third.
  • Eighty percent of children with special needs are not receiving the services and supports to which they are entitled, and approximately 40 percent of children with special needs are receiving no services or supports.
  • Educators found student absences, including from virtual learning, have nearly doubled during the pandemic.

Analysts are projecting now that if in-person learning does not resume fully in the new year, low-income students will lose over a year of learning.

To help mitigate this harm, President Trump wants to provide “emergency learning scholarships,” offering direct support to disadvantaged families with K-12 students. Under the order, the President instructs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to act consistently with law to allow funds available through the Community Services Block Grant program to be used for emergency learning scholarships for any eligible child lacking access to in-person schooling. As outlined, these scholarships may be used for: tuition and fees for a private or parochial school; homeschool, micro-school, or learning-pod costs; special education and related services, including therapies; or tutoring or remedial education.

The President declares, “I am committed to ensuring that all children of our great Nation have access to the educational resources they need to obtain a high-quality education and to improving students’ safety and well-being, including by empowering families with emergency learning scholarships.”

With teachers’ unions standing in the way of expanding parental choice and educational options for students, we hope the President’s closing act of 2020 will be the ticket to freedom many families have been hoping for in the new year.

Safety First Online Starts at Home

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By Amy Lidell, Intern for Concerned Women for America

Last week the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) partnered with the White House, Justice Department, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to host a live stream webinar promoting online safety for children. Ivanka Trump and Attorney General William Barr opened the webinar voicing their support for the safety movement while outlining some of the risks children face online.

Screen time in 2020 increased significantly as a result of the required social distancing connected to the coronavirus pandemic, and online enticement is up by a minimum of 20 percent. Attorney General Barr voiced his concern for the amplified dependency on technology for social interaction, stating, “Unfortunately, the same technology that connects us with family and friends also provides predators with a pathway back into our homes and can be used for strangers who want to target, groom, and sexually exploit our children.”  Internet safety is more important than ever. We are all harmed when children are exploited online.

Safety First promotes a culture of safety over a value of privacy for online predators. An individual’s privacy cannot take priority over a child’s online vulnerability. Ivanka Trump discussed the importance of standing behind sexual assault victims and allowing their voices to be heard while becoming proactive in preventing online exploitation from happening in American homes. DHS Chief Chad Wolf added that proactive conversations with kids about online safety make them less vulnerable.

NCMEC leaders spoke on ways to successfully direct difficult conversations with kids of all ages about online activity. They showed that the earlier these conversations take place within a family, the more likely parents successfully prevent online enticement, sexting, sextortion, and any other inappropriate interaction with strangers or predators.

NCMEC has provided fun, age-appropriate workbooks on its website to provide parents and teachers an outlet to teach kids about online safety. These workbooks help navigate uncomfortable discussions about saying no to online strangers and avoiding traps used by predators to lure kids into inappropriate correspondence. Physical contact is not needed for an online offender, and it is alarming how direct predator requests become towards a child when direct action is not taken immediately.

We encourage you to learn more about the Safety First movement and join Concerned Women for America in taking the NCMEC Safety Pledge to continue learning how to be critical role models for kids through your online activity, presence, and conversation.