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Web Wise Kids

July 13, 2010 09:15 ET

Web Wise Kids Wins Communicator Award for Interactive Learning Simulation

Interactive Training Program 'It's Your Call' Honored by the 16th Annual Communicator Awards

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) -  Web Wise Kids, the recognized leader in Internet safety education, today announced that it has been selected by the International Academy of the Visual Arts for a Communicator Award. Specifically, Web Wise Kids' interactive simulation game, It's Your Call won the Award of Distinction for the category of Best Interactive Multimedia - Gaming or Gaming Related. The Communicator Awards are presented for projects that exceed industry standards in quality and achievement.

The Communicator Awards winners were selected from more than 9,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. The Communicator Awards team conducted a rigorous selection process to finalize the 2010 list.

"We are honored that the International Academy of Visual Arts has recognized Web Wise Kids and our commitment to deliver simulated, experiential learning games to teach Internet safety to youth," said Judi Westberg Warren, president of Web Wise Kids. "These awards underscore the hard work that Web Wise Kids, WILL Interactive, Verizon, and the Entertainment Software Association Foundation have done to help create a safe, friendly cell phone and online experience for millions of young people."

Web Wise Kids empowers youth and families to make wise choices in their digital lives. They use games to provide simulated experiential learning to create responsible and safe citizens. This generates awareness among kids and parents on how to avoid dangerous, inappropriate, or unlawful online behavior

Web Wise Kids' It's Your Call, is an interactive game created by Will Interactive. The game allows users to play out difficult situations in the safety of cyberspace before they live them out in real life. The game offers teens guidance about responsible cell phone behavior and teaches them how to use technology to enhance their personal safety. In the game, students become a live action character in an interactive movie and are presented with a series of difficult decision in a slice-of-life context. It's Your Call was produced in cooperation with Web Wise Kids and partially funded by grants from Verizon and the ESA Foundation.

"We are very gratified to be recognized for this work and look forward to developing more programs to help men, women, and children of all ages in their quest to make better decisions," WILL Interactive CEO and Co-Founder Sharon Sloane said.

For more information on Web Wise Kids, visit www.webwisekids.com. Follow Web Wise Kids on Twitter at @webwisekids, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/webwisekids or YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/webwisekids.

About Web Wise Kids
Web Wise Kids is a national non-profit organization dedicated to empowering today's youth to make wise choices online through easy-to-use, school-approved Internet safety education programs for young people. Today's e-generation is taught valuable lessons using unique computer games with fun, interactive simulations based on real-life criminal cases. Web Wise Kids programs have reached more than eight million children and thousands of parents nationwide in conjunction with school systems, law enforcement, and community-based youth organizations.

About WILL Interactive, Inc.
Founded in 1994, WILL Interactive is headquartered in Potomac, Md. As a leading innovator in the interactive gaming and technology industry, they have been commissioned by and partnered with some of the most influential companies and organizations nationally and worldwide, training over 3 million users to date on over 45 interactive gaming products. Clients include every branch of the United States Military; the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the FBI; Pentagon Force Protection Agency; McGraw Hill; Washington Hospital Center/MedStar Health; the Anti-Defamation League (ADL); the Partnership for a Drug-Free America; law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Japan; and tens of thousands of middle schools, high schools and universities across the country. For more information, visit http://www.willinteractive.com.

About The Communicator Awards
The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA), a 200+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. Current IAVA membership represents a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms including: Condè Nast, Coach, Disney, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder, Fry Hammond Barr, HBO, Monster.com, MTV, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sotheby's Institute of Art, Victoria's Secret, Wired, Yahoo!, and many others. See www.iavisarts.org for more information.

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