Washington, D.C. -- The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today welcomes VIPKid as the organization’s newest member. As a convener of experts that specialize in educating parents, teachers, companies, and policymakers about online safety issues, FOSI is eager to add a dedicated voice from the educational technology sector to membership.
“For children, one of the highest values the Internet can provide is access to education,” said FOSI’s CEO, Stephen Balkam. “VIPKid’s platform promotes not only intensive language study, but a unique form of cultural exchange. This approach to global online citizenship is a remarkable achievement and something we look forward to learning more about.”
VIPKid connects young students with highly qualified teachers in North America for online one-on-one English language instruction, providing an international learning experience to children in China and many other countries in the Asia Pacific region. Headquartered in Beijing, with offices in San Francisco, Dallas, New York and Washington D.C., the company offers fully immersive curriculum for kids aged 4-12. Using a flipped-classroom approach, the program actively works to foster creativity and critical thinking skills for its students.
“As one of the largest online education technology companies, VIPKid strives to provide a safe and sound online learning platform to over 500,000 students around the globe,” said VIPKid’s Head of Global Public Policy, Wenchi Yu. “We are proud to join FOSI and its global technology community to help protect child safety and privacy online.”
The VIPKid platform currently has not only more than half a million students, but over 60,000 teachers. Their progressive approach to the online classroom includes elements of augmented and virtual reality, allowing students and teachers to take advantage of the best educational content worldwide, while also celebrating their own cultural traditions and lifestyle.
VIPKid is a global education technology company that connects children with the world’s best teachers for real-time online English immersion learning. VIPKid’s mission is to inspire and empower every child for the future. VIPKid envisions a global classroom that empowers students and teachers through personalized learning, connects cultures across the world and ignites a passion for lifelong learning. It believes that education is not one-size-fits-all, rather, all students are unique and the world is within their reach when connected with great teachers capable of personalizing learning and sparking curiosity.
Founded in 2013 and formally launched in 2014, VIPKid has become China’s market-leading online education startup, attracting investment from Tencent, Coatue Management, Sequoia Capital, Sinovation Ventures, Yunfeng Capital, Matrix Partners, Learn Capital, Northern Light VC and Bryant Stibel, among others. The VIPKid platform currently connects over 500,000 paying students with over 60,000 teachers in the US and Canada.
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