(Vocus) April 3, 2007
The people of The United Methodist Church are using April 25, Malaria Awareness Day, as an opportunity to call attention to the plight of children in Africa, one of whom dies every 30 seconds from malaria.
Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, president of the denomination’s Council of Bishops, is urging members of the denomination and others to skip lunch on Malaria Awareness Day and donate the money saved to send a lifesaving mosquito bed net to a child in Africa through Nothing But Nets.
The people of The United Methodist Church are founding partners in the Nothing But Nets campaign, a grassroots effort to prevent malaria through the purchase and distribution of bed nets in Africa–soon to be featured on “American Idol.” In observance of Malaria Awareness Day, the denomination will observe the theme Skip a lunch. Send a net. Save a life.
“Bed nets are the most cost-effective way to protect children from the mosquitoes that carry this killer disease,” the Houston-based Huie said. “This is an easy, tangible way to make a difference.
“Join me,” she said. “I’m going to skip lunch and donate $ 10 to send a bed net. Skip a lunch. Send a net. Save a life.”
A $ 10 donation to http://www.NothingButNets.net will pay for the cost of a bed net, sending it to a family in Africa and teaching how it can be used to protect children from mosquitoes at night, when bites are most likely.
On April 24th and 25th, Nothing But Nets will be featured during a two-night “American Idol” special “Idol Gives Back,” designed to increase awareness and raise funds for organizations serving children living in poverty in Africa and the U.S. “American Idol” sponsors will make a donation for each vote viewers cast on April 24. On April 25, viewers will be able to make their own donations via toll-free lines and online.
Local churches are encouraged to join Malaria Awareness Day efforts by holding a noon worship service focusing on malaria on April 25 as a lunchtime alternative, or planning a fundraiser or other event to increase awareness of the disease. The United Methodist Church’s Upper Room Living Prayer Center is planning a continuous 24-hour prayer vigil for the children of Africa, for those suffering with malaria, and for global health.
United Methodists have been in mission in Africa for more than 160 years, operating hospitals, clinics, schools and mission centers.
“Nothing But Nets is a visible part of our long-term commitment to eliminate malaria,” Huie said. “Providing comprehensive health care to the developing nations of Africa is a long, difficult process. It will need to continue for generations.”
April 25 has been observed as Africa Malaria Day since 2001, but this year marks the first time President George W. Bush has proclaimed the day as Malaria Awareness Day in the United States.
Inspired by Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly, the Nothing But Nets campaign has raised more than $ 4 million so far–enough money for more than 400,000 nets. A challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match contributions dollar for dollar up to $ 3 million. Other founding partners are the United Nations Foundation and the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares.
To learn how to make a donation, visit http://www.NothingButNets.net or http://www.umc.org/nets.
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Dunedin, FL (PRWEB) June 25, 2008
McGruff Safe Kids provides child safety packages at grand openings of new Verizon Wireless stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York.
The statistics are frightening to say the least. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, every 40 seconds a child is reported missing or abducted. That translates to over 2,000 children per day and over 800,000 per year!
When a child becomes missing every passing second counts. Law enforcement officials need as much information as possible to help track down a missing child. Having this information is the single most useful tool available to help law enforcement locate a missing child.
“The most recent statistics on child abductions are staggering. Verizon Wireless is pleased to sponsor this important event that will enable parents to better protect their children,” said Christine Baron, president of Verizon Wireless’ Tri-State Region. “I encourage local families to take advantage of this free service and potentially life-saving educational activities that we have planned for the day.”
Each McGruff child safety package includes a full-sized ID card that contains the child’s 10 digital fingerprints, color digital photo and vital personal information, two laminated, wallet-sized ID cards that contain the child’s digital thumbprint, color digital photo and vital personal information, a DNA Self-Collection Kit that will allow a parent to easily obtain and store their child’s saliva, hair and blood samples, a McGruff Jr. Crimefighter Sticker Badge and a McGruff Envelope.
The McGruff Safe Kids Total ID System is the leading, most comprehensive child safety/identification/education program available in the United States. It is the only digital child identification program licensed by the National Crime Prevention Council.
Neil Arfmann, a retired Tampa Bay, FL police officer, is the President and cofounder of the McGruff Safe Kids Total Identification System, a company committed to the safety and education of America’s children. The McGruff Safe Kids TID System is a licensee of the National Crime Prevention Council. The National Crime Prevention Council features McGruff the Crime Dog and his slogan, “Take A Bite Out of Crime.” Learn more about McGruff by visiting http://www.ncpc.org.
To schedule an interview with Neil Arfmann, please call 888-209-4218.
McGruff the Crime Dog
Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 1, 2008
On Thursday, October 9, 2008, Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE), Inc., invites you to join our staff, volunteers, and friends at The Rock and Roll Hotel for SAFE & Sound, a benefit concert featuring the music of Laura Burhenn (formerly of Georgie James), Olivia & The Housemates, Lode Runner, and The Spiritual Machine (formerly KOKO). These incredibly talented local musicians are generously donating their time to perform at this event, so that all proceeds go to support SAFE’s critical work of supporting domestic violence victims in the Washington, DC community. Tickets for SAFE & Sound are $ 10, and can be purchased at the door or in advance through The Rock and Roll Hotel website.
SAFE is a nonprofit organization that provides services to domestic violence survivors in the DC metro area who are dealing with the courts or the police to obtain protection from abuse. SAFE provided court-based services through 5,737 client contacts in 2007 through their work out of DC Superior Court’s two Domestic Violence Intake Centers, and also provided after-hours crisis support to 647 survivors who contacted the Metropolitan Police Department for assistance.
Domestic violence rates in Washington, DC are shockingly high for such a small jurisdiction. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) received 31,304 domestic-related crime calls in 2007–one every 17 minutes–an increase of 7.3% from 29,179 calls in 2007. In the same year, 4,811 clients visited DC’s two Domestic Violence Intake Centers (DVICs)–an average of 19 clients each day. This number shows an increase of 2.4% from 4,696 clients in 2006. And perhaps most shocking of all, domestic/family violence homicides, not including child abuse, accounted for 6% of all murders in the District of Columbia (14% of all female murders and 3% of all male murders) from 2002 to 2004, in cases where homicide motives can be established.
These figures make it clear that there is so much more work to be done to ensure that everyone in our community has the support and resources they need to live a life free of fear and violence. Your support can help make this happen.
And it all starts with one concert.
About Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE), Inc.
Founded in 1997 as a program of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, SAFE separated from the Coalition and incorporated as an independent organization in October 2006. SAFE serves over 6,000 survivors of domestic violence each year and provides a 24-hour continuum of court- and police-based services through its two direct service programs. More information about SAFE is available at http://www.dcsafe.org.
About the bands
Laura Burhenn is formerly one half of the band Georgie James, begun in 2005 with John Davis, drummer from the defunct DC trio Q And Not U. In January of 2007, Laura released their first single (“Need Your Needs”) on her pet label, Laboratory Records. The duo released their debut LP, “Places,” on Saddle Creek Records in September of 2007. The pair recently separated to focus on their solo careers. Laura has achieved great renown within the local and national musical scene for her lyrical, lilting, yet commanding singing voice and her enchanting piano accompaniment. For more information, visit http://lauraburhenn.com.
Olivia & The Housemates came together in the spring of 2005 when a group of friends–Edward Donohue (guitar), Kristin Forbes (bass, vocals), Randy Scope (drums), and Dan Swenson (trumpet, organ, vocals)–agreed to help Olivia (vocals, guitar) put together some songs she had been working on. Naming the group was easy: most of the musicians already were housemates. Since then, this group has been making a splash with their infectious, upbeat, folk-pop-rock sound, incorporating trumpets, hand clapping, and Olivia’s own earnest, sweetly soulful voice. For more information, visit http://www.oliviamancini.com.
Lode Runner is not superhuman, and does not have abilities that are far beyond those of any normal group of individuals. Wielding analogue synthesizers, striking guitar chords and syncopated electronic rhythms, they inebriate a mode of consciousness waiting to wake up from that long rest of elevator sound ringing from the city. Four individuals burn down that city and then construct monuments architected in a basement. Their live show is one to enjoy! For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/loderunnerband.
The Spiritual Machine (formerly KOKO) has been described as “2/3 straight, 100% awesome.” A guitar/synth/drums trio, the Machine whips up frenzied, sharp dance-rock peppered with elements of funk and post-punk. Their one and only goal: get the crowd moving. More information about the Spiritual Machine is available at http://www.myspace.com/thespiritualmachine.
About the venue
The Rock and Roll Hotel–not actually a hotel–is a concert hall and bar in Northeast DC’s hip H Street Corridor that hosts an impressive variety of local and not-so-local artists from all ends of the music spectrum. Housed in a renovated former morgue, the Hotel features fashionably distressed mismatched furniture in its upstairs lounge area, winged guitars dangling from the ceiling, and deliciously Victorian oversized gilt mirrors lining both floors. The Hotel opened in August 2006 and quickly established itself as a favored venue of local music lovers, whether enjoying a show in the first floor stage area or lingering over cocktails in the comfortable second floor bar. For more information, visit The Rock and Roll Hotel website at http://www.rockandrollhoteldc.com.
ISLANDIA, N.Y. (PRWEB) November 24, 2008
“John Walsh is a great match for CA’s Internet security businessboth have a tenacious drive to protect consumers on- and off-line,” said George Kafkarkou, senior vice president and general manager, Internet Security Business Unit for CA. “Together we’ll raise awareness of protecting consumers of all ages against the increasingly sophisticated and organized world of cyber crime.”
“I am honored to team with CA’s Internet Security business, a group whose products and vision reflect a strong commitment to protecting consumers and stopping cyber criminals dead in their tracks,” said John Walsh. “CA’s campaign addresses the most crucial issue our society faces in a Web 2.0 world; protecting our loved ones from the cyber creeps. I look forward to working with CA to promote consumer awareness and keeping predators and fraudsters away from our children and families.”
CA Internet Security Suite Plus 2009 is currently available at http://shop.ca.com and from CA resellers, including major retail outlets, nationwide.
About John Walsh
John Walsh is internationally recognized as the host of TV’s “America’s Most Wanted;” the groundbreaking television program that has helped take down more than 1,040 dangerous fugitives during the past 21 years. John Walsh has dedicated his life to fighting for justiceincluding his proudest achievementprotecting the nation’s children. John and his wife, Rev
Nashville, TN (PRWEB) July 15, 2009
InstantAmber (InstantAmber.com) and Helping Heroes / National Vigil for Hope have joined together for a national child safety awareness campaign set to launch this month. Through their websites at http://www.instantamber.com and http://www.nationalvigilforhope.org, InstantAmber and Helping Heroes /National Vigil for Hope will serve as a resource to further spread community awareness of the missing child epidemic that plagues our society.
InstantAmber is an online data registry that enables law enforcement to retrieve critical data and photos in the event of a missing child emergency. National Vigil for Hope is a coalition of businesses, organizations, entertainers, and individuals across the country that believe “One child or adult missing is one TOO many.” NVFH, a division of Helping Heroes, provides vital support services to families and law enforcement in helping to keep the faces and cases of those missing visible through media, the Internet, and grassroots efforts.
“Helping Heroes/National Vigil for Hope is honored to partner with InstantAmber in an effort to continue to keep our children and families safe, educated, and prepared if the unimaginable should happen. InstantAmber provides the tools that we believe can continue to help families be prepared if a loved one goes missing tomorrow. The components that InstantAmber has in place may not prevent an abduction, but having the vital information needed to bring a missing loved one home quickly is just as important as being prepared,” said Michelle Bart, Founder/National Chairperson of Helping Heroes /National Vigil For Hope.
“InstantAmber is pleased to partner with Helping Heroes / National Vigil for Hope. We share the same passion, concern, and hope that together we can make a difference in the lives of those missing and the families still clinging to the dream of someday seeing their loved one again. We also share the common purpose of educating people about the epidemic of missing children; while also empowering them to be proactive in protecting their children,” said Matt Berman, CEO/Founder of InstantAmber.
About National Vigil for Hope:
The National Vigil for Hope is comprised of concerned business owners, organization executives, public safety professionals, and individuals from across the country that are driven by passion, concern, and hope in making a difference in the lives of those missing and the families still clinging to a dream of someday seeing their loved one again. The National Vigil for Hope’s, a division of Helping Heroes, main objective is to help families and law enforcement keep the faces and cases of those missing visible through the media, Internet, and grassroots efforts. Please visit http://www.nationalvigilforhope.org for more information.
InstantAmber is a web-based gathering, storage, and delivery service that enables law enforcement to retrieve critical data and photos in the event of a missing child emergency. The concept for InstantAmber was born in 2008, as the result of Matt Berman’s experience when his young daughter went missing during a family vacation. His deep concern about the national tragedy of missing children led him to create InstantAmber, ensuring that parents have access to the best possible tool in the event of a missing child emergency. Please visit http://www.InstantAmber.com for details.
Louisville, KY (Vocus) September 19, 2009
When times are tough and margins tight, cutting costs is essential. However Amy Jackson, Vice President of Insurance for Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, stresses that cutting back on one’s life insurance isn’t a good option.
“Our customers have worked hard to build their farm operations, homes, and plans for their families’ futures,” said Jackson. “In difficult economic times, it’s more important than ever to maintain appropriate levels of life insurance coverage as an essential part of one’s overall risk management strategy.”
With September being Life Insurance Awareness Month, Jackson said that now is a good time for customers to take stock of their provisions for protecting their loved ones or for securing the future of their businesses. Many factors — marriage, children, grandchildren, debt, employment changes, aging parents, business structure, retirement — can create changing needs for insurance. And while no one likes to think about death, she said that sooner or later nearly everyone needs life insurance for things like:
Replacing income for your family’s living expenses
Paying off debt or other obligations
Cover final expenses (funeral, medical, long-term care, etc.)
College funding for your children or grandchildren
Estate transfer and tax obligations
Jackson said that FCS offers many products to meet the life insurance needs of its customers, from the most competitive and financially sound insurance companies in the market — A-rated companies like Minnesota Life, Prudential, Banner Life, West Coast Life and more.
While FCS offers a complete line of products to meet differing needs, Jackson said that in today’s tough and volatile economic climate, customers seeking the maximum coverage for their insurance dollar might want to consider term life insurance.
“Term life insurance typically offers the highest benefit at the lowest cost to the customer, and all death benefits are tax free to the beneficiaries,” said Jackson. “Our term products are individually written for amounts ranging from $ 75,000 up to $ 10 million or more, depending on your needs. Term life is a key component in many customers’ overall life insurance coverage today.”
FCS provides terms of five to 30 years, with the coverage and premiums remaining level for the term selected. For an additional cost, customers may also choose to add optional benefits such as:
Return of Premium – Rider provides 100 percent of the premium paid back to the insured, if still living at the end of the term. A great investment tool for younger folks.
Child Rider – Provides coverage to all children under age 17, can be purchased in $ 1,000 units.
Convertibility Options – Allows customers to convert their term policy to a permanent policy without having to prove insurability. A great option in the event of a life change such as failing health or the need for coverage beyond the original term.
Farm Credit Services of Mid-America currently provides life insurance coverage for one of every six customers, with over $ 1 billion in customer lives insured. Other popular options include group life insurance for FCS loans, and disability coverage for mortgage loans.
FCS has a number of calculators and other resources available to help customers determine their insurance needs. To access them, visit http://www.e-farmcredit.com (click on Farm Loans, then Insurance). You may also contact your local FCS office to request a free custom quote at no obligation.
About Farm Credit Services of Mid-America
Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is an ag lending cooperative managing over $ 15.5 billion in assets and serving over 85,500 farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. The association provides loans for all farm and rural living purposes including real estate, operating, equipment and housing and related services such as crop insurance and life insurance and vehicle, equipment and building leases. For more information about Farm Credit or the nearest FCS office, call 1-800-444-FARM (3276) or visit them on the web at http://www.e-farmcredit.com .
Washington, D.C. (Vocus) June 13, 2010
Today on World Day Against Child Labor, about 400,000 children in the United States will be working in the fields. Although the United States was one of the first signers of the International Labor Organizations Convention 182, current U.S. law still continues to allow children to work long hours in hazardous jobs.
The International Labor Rights Forum issued a report on June 3rd, stating that the United States has failed to comply with the International Labor Organizations Convention 182 reached at the Worst Forms of Child Labor Convention in 1999. Article three of this Convention defines the types of labor dangerous to children including: work with dangerous machinery, with hazardous substances, temperatures or noise levels damaging to minors hearing. The definition for what constitutes hazardous working conditions for a minor has not been updated for more than 30 years.
If the United States is to be a leader in promoting labor rights and decent work globally, we must ensure our own compliance with important international conventions like ILO Convention 182. It is critical that the U.S. government improve our own laws and enforcement to end the exploitation of child workers within our borders. Bama Athreya, Executive Director, International Labor Rights Forum.
The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs Children in the Fields Campaign is working to close the 70-year-old loophole that allows children to work at such young ages. Children who work in agriculture receive less protection than minors in any other industry.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the legal age to perform most farm work is only 12 if a parent accompanies the working child. Children who are 12 or older can work unlimited hours in the fields before or after school hours. U.S. law also allows children working in agriculture to perform hazardous work at 16 other workers must wait until they are adults.
In honor of World Day Against Child Labor and to increase awareness of this inequity, the Children in the Fields Campaign launched its social media campaign today, said Norma Flores, Program Director for AFOPs Children in the Fields Campaign. Our goal is to further educate the public and lawmakers on this disparity in the Fair Labor Standards Act, and advocate for the equal protection of all children.
The new social media campaign will utilize multimedia, testimonials of farmworker children and related news through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
To join the campaigns efforts to protect the health and safety of child workers across the United States, please follow the Children in the Fields Campaign on Twitter (twitter.com/cifcampaign), Facebook (causes.com/cif) and YouTube (youtube.com/ChildrenintheFields).
About the Children in the Fields Campaign:
The Children in the Fields Campaign is a project of the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP). The campaign strives to improve the quality of life of migrant and seasonal farmworker children by advocating for enhanced educational opportunities and the elimination of discriminatory federal child labor laws in agriculture. AFOP is the national federation of non-profit and public agencies that provide job training and services for Americas farmworkers.
Larchmont, NY (PRWEB) September 13, 2010
Today, the Body Image Institute of New York (BIINY) announced its support for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Throughout the month of September, The Body Image Institute will hold seminars and workshops to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic in an effort to help improve the health of American children.
Childhood obesity has been a growing problem over the past four decades. Currently one out of every three (31.8%) children living on American soil, ages 2 to 19, is overweight or obese; a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic.
Being overweight or obese is unhealthy at any age. Obese children are at risk for a number of emotional, physical, life-threatening, and psychological problems. They are often teased by their peers, and harassed or discriminated against by their own family and friends. These children may grow into individuals with low self esteem, which predisposes them to depression.
The life-threatening consequences of this epidemic create a compelling and critical call for action. Obesity is estimated to cause 112,000 deaths per year in the United States, and one third of all children born in the year 2000 are expected to develop diabetes during their lifetime. Experts predict that the current generation may be on track to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
Childhood obesity as a condition also places those affected at greater risk of developing heart disease and cancer. It can also lead to other conditions such as osteo-arthritis, sleep disorders, high cholesterol and other disorders that may include liver disease, early puberty or menarche, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, skin infections, asthma and other respiratory problems. Studies have shown that overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults. Obesity during adolescence has been found to increase mortality rates during adulthood.
While obesity afflicts children across the US, certain groups have been disproportionately affected. For instance the Bronx is ground zero for childhood obesity in America. Almost half (47%) of Head Start participants in the South Bronx are either obese (31%) or overweight (16%). Nearly 4 in 10 (39%) kindergartners and 5th graders attending public schools there are either obese (24%) or overweight (15%). A similar proportion (38%) of high school students reports heights and weights that indicate obesity or overweight; 17% are obese, and 21% are overweight. Among adult residents, 2 in 3 (66%) report heights and weights indicating they are obese or overweight.
It is undisputed that the Bronx, as a city, has the largest number of obese infants in the US. Obesity rates are also highest among non-Hispanic black girls and Hispanic boys. Obesity is particularly common among American Indian/Native Alaskan children. In addition, obesity can be influenced by a number of environmental and behavioral factors, including unhealthy eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle at home and at school.
According to Marie-Ange D. Tardieu, M.D., medical director of the Body Image Institute of New York and author of The Elements of Size: Issues in Body Image, Obesity, Overweight, Eating and the Mediterranean Diet, prevention of obesity must begin early and continue throughout life with particular attention directed to three critical periods in a childs development: before birth, between the ages of 4 and 7, and during puberty.
Dr. Nereida Correa, who has served as a member of the National Advisory Council for Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition, is on the Advisory Council of Women’s Health of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration in Washington DC, and is the president and CEO of Eastchester Medical Associates concurs: advice about diet and exercise should be dispensed throughout childhood obesity prevention should start when the child is in its mothers womb before delivery, breast feeding should be encouraged because it helps prevent obesity in infancy and offers a protective factor against obesity in later childhood. (A 60 percent increase in obesity has been observed in children who were not breastfed.)
Stephanie C. Tardieu, who reviewed the effects of consuming sweets in early life noted: 70 percent American infants receive sweets by the age of 15 months, and by the age of 2, 43 percent of American toddlers are given soft drinks daily. (One can of a non-diet soft drink contain 150 calories, the equivalent of 10 spoons of sugar.) Miss Tardieu further remarked: As responsible adults, we can all join forces and take steps to turn the epidemic of childhood obesity around, and guide our communities to healthy eating and lifestyle habits.
About THE BODY IMAGE INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK:
THE BODY IMAGE INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK is a Body Image Clinic and consulting firm serving communities throughout the New York tri-state area. Dr. Marie-Ange D. Tardieu, a plastic surgeon, body image and obesity expert, is the institutes medical director. For the past 10 years, through seminars and workshops in schools, colleges, outpatient clinics and hospitals, the institute has worked in collaboration with corporations, schools, universities and hospitals in an effort to raise awareness about the obesity crisis and curtail the trend of overweight and obesity in schools and the workplace.
To call attention to the nation’s obesity epidemic, earlier this year, Congress designated September 2010 as the first National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Childhood Obesity Awareness Month kicked off on September 1st, and will be celebrated throughout September 2010. The theme for the National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is “Let us all take steps to promote healthy eating and living to solve the problem of CHILDHOOD OBESITY within a generation.” The month of September from now on will be a month where families across America are urged to take their children to visit their doctor and to focus on helping those children to establish lifelong healthy habits by eating balanced meals and snacks and participating regularly in physical activity.
To honor the month in New York, The Body Image Institute of New York will conduct Workshops on Body Image, Proper Nutrition and Physical Activity at the institute locations (Eastchester Medical Associates) in the Bronx, and Westchester. Everyone attending these workshops will be provided a copy of The Elements of Size, Dr. Tardieus new book that outlines protocols for healthy eating and living. To register or learn about these or future workshops and seminars, please call Eastchester Medical Associates (EMA) 718-708-5650 (Bronx), or via E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in other states, please visit LetsMove.gov
About the Elements of Size: Issues in Body Image, Obesity, Overweight, Eating, and the Mediterranean Diet
The Elements of Size is a book that analyzes all the elements contributing to the obesity epidemic. The book shows why most weight loss protocols fail and guide you to the road of prevention and cure.
The Body Image Institute of New York
P.O. Box 2030
Larchmont, NY 10538
Las Vegas, NV (Vocus) October 12, 2010
This October marks the 7th annual Cyber Security Awareness Month, as declared by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). Pandora Corp., maker of PC Pandora 6.1 computer monitoring software, is reminding parents that part of keeping the family safe online is knowing what the younger surfers are doing while connected to the internet.
Every family needs to take protective measures to avoid falling victim to identity theft, phishing scams and cyber attacks, says Jamie Leasure, co-founder of Pandora Corp. But these practices need to continue year-round, as does monitoring how your children are using the Internet.
Two key issues cyberbullying and Internet predators grab most of the headlines when it comes to child Internet safety. Leasure says being aware of how our kids represent themselves online, how they treat others, and who their friends are can help reduce dangerous and disastrous incidents.
The key is parental awareness, he says. When you know for sure what your kids are doing on the Internet, you have a much better chance of keeping them safe.
CYBERBULLYING STOPS HERE:
In the year since the last Cyber Security Awareness Month, the country has been shocked by a rash of teenage suicides, all pointing to endless, fierce cyberbullying as the driving force and reason for the act.
Phoebe Prince, Alexis Pilkington and Tyler Clementi are just some of the names we have seen and read about, all resulting in a tragic loss that could have been prevented, says Leasure.
Leasure says cyberbullying is here to stay until parents of the bullies take action.
Cyberbullying thrives on anonymity, he explains. Not only are the bullies anonymous online, but they are working in secret in their own homes. Cyberbullying wont stop until that parents of the bullies are aware of what their children are doing online, and care enough to step in and stop it.
PC Pandora monitoring software will let parents know if their child is acting as an aggressor to a peer or fellow student, or enabling the bullying by passing the information along.
STOP INTERNET PREDATORS:
While cynics and experts dismiss Internet predators as overhyped media sensationalism, stories continue to surface every week of predators arrested in law enforcement sting operations and caught with real teens. One of the most recent stories that deserves special attention is the Kid-nap/ rape hoax in San Diego.
According to ABC News, a 20-year-old man in southern California befriended a 15-year-old girl online through the website, Mocospace. The two carried out a relationship that eventually lead to consensual sex. The girl felt guilty and decided to create an elaborate kidnapping and assault story to cover her actions.
The main message here is that talking just isnt enough, explains Leasure. The girl admits her parents had talked to her about the dangers online, but she disregarded their warnings, took things dangerously too far, felt guilty, and then made things worse by creating a horrible lie. As shocking as it is, taking risks like this and not listening to mom and dad is completely normal teen behavior. Thats why in the digital age, talking isnt enough; monitoring Internet activity could have helped prevent this unfortunate event.
HOW IT WORKS:
PC Pandora 6.0 is computer monitoring software that records all user activity through sequential screen snapshots, allowing parents to visually see everything their kids are doing online. The program also records activity in text-based files that capture all emails sent and received, instant messenger conversations, websites visited, programs accessed, peer-to-peer files shared, keystrokes logged, Internet search queries, printer logs, and more.
For parents that have to work and cant be home right after school, PC Pandora comes equipped with the IRIS feature, which sends the recorded text-based files to a parents email at specified intervals. The new PC Pandora LIVE! takes things a step further and allows parents to review the data and adjust settings on the monitored computer from a remote Internet connection.
We really hope parents use this month to double-check and update their PCs security, concludes Leasure. Part of that includes making sure they have a program in place to monitor what their children are doing online. PC Pandora is a vital weapon for parents in the battle for Internet safety.
For tips on how to keep your children safe from online predators and help stop cyberbullying in its tracks, visit http://www.pcpandora.com.
About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandoras Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com.
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Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) October 12, 2010
Publicrecordfinder.com, an online public records search site, has just published the following consumer resource guide that helps consumers become aware of what public records can offer and how they can make use of these powerful tools that contain vital information.
The government, at all levels, records every important event, transaction, and litigation concerning its citizens. In the United States, there is no centrally available database where all of these public records are integrated. Most of the critical information sought is recorded in a variety of public records that are maintained in different databases across agencies, states and cities, and includes information such as: