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On National Missing Children’s Day AdaptiveMobile Warns US Parents About the Hidden Dangers Cell Phones Could Pose for Children and Teenagers

Dublin, Ireland (PRWEB) May 26, 2008

AdaptiveMobile, http://www.adaptivemobile.com, the leading provider of mobile subscriber protection for enterprises and individuals, today issued a warning to parents to be aware of the risks and hidden dangers the mobile environment poses to children. The company is making this announcement to commemorate National Missing Children’s Day, to honor the estimated 800,000 children that go missing each year, more than 2,000 per day. The dangers in unrestricted internet usage is well known among US parents, and AdaptiveMobile wants parents to be aware that cell phones can allow predators and strangers to have almost unrestricted access to their children via social networking sites, texting and MMS. In one recent chilling example, a 14 year old girl in the US was sexually assaulted by a man who contacted her through her a profile she posted by cell phone on a mobile social networking site.

Many of the guidelines for child protection and safety overlook the cell phone and focus on the computer, but doing so can have dire consequences for children. In a 2007 survey, AdaptiveMobile found that children access the internet from their phones an average of nine times per day, often without their parents’ knowledge. AdaptiveMobile is highlighting the following risks for parents:

President Obama Warns Kids about Posting on Facebook; PC Pandora Warns Parents about the Dangers of Not Monitoring Their Children’s Internet Activity


San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 14, 2009

Last week, president Obama met with 32 ninth graders at Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA, for a question-and-answer session. The discussion eventually led to the President’s caution about being too open on social networks.

According to Reuters, Obama stated: “I want everybody here to be careful about what you post on Facebook, because in the YouTube age, whatever you do, it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life.”

He continued, “when you’re young, you make mistakes and you do some stupid stuff. And I’ve been hearing a lot about young people who [post] stuff on Facebook, and then suddenly they go apply for a job and somebody has done a search.”

The president’s statement echoes a survey from this past June by careerbuilder.com, which revealed that 45-percent of employers used social networking websites to research job candidates. Furthermore, 35-percent of the employers surveyed said they had found content on those sites that had influenced them to reject a candidate. Examples included inappropriate photographs, information about the applicants’ drinking or drug use, or bad mouthing of previous employers, co-workers or clients.

Employers aren’t the only ones screening your kids. An LA Times article from earlier this year documented a report by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, revealing that about a quarter of U.S. colleges are doing some research about applicants on social networking sites or through Internet search engines.

Pandora Corp., makers of PC Pandora computer monitoring software, is giving advice similar to President Obama’s to parents across the country.

“It is imperative that parents be aware of not only what their kids are doing online and who they are talking to, but also how they are representing themselves in the digital community,” says Pandora Corp. co-founder Jamie Leasure.

As the internet evolved into the current “web 2.0” state, America’s youth gained an unprecedented ability to share their lives in a public forum. Unfortunately, parents don’t realize that many kids have multiple social networking profiles.

“Allowing children, especially younger ones, on the Internet unsupervised is like letting them get in a car with a stranger. But even when you think you have a handle on your kids’ Internet activities there are risks,” explains nationally recognized child advocate, Maureen Flatley. “Some kids will show their parents a social networking profile, their ‘official’ pages. But at the same time, they have secondary page where dangerous activity takes place.”

Flatley says these other profiles often involve activities as diverse as chatting with strangers, to ordering prescription drugs online with parents’ credit cards or learning how to practice eating disorders.

“The risks go well beyond the obvious things,” says Flatley. “It doesn’t take a skilled, sophisticated search to readily identify multiple profiles or webpages for the same student or job applicant these are the pages that will come back to haunt entire families in this YouTube and Facebook generation.”

Computer monitoring software programs like PC Pandora are the best tool a parent can use to stay current on their child’s Internet activity. PC Pandora records all user activity through a series of screenshots and activity logs. This gives parents the unique ability to view their child’s activity in DVR-fashion, and review specific activity, such as instant messages, emails, websites and items searched for on the web.

For the social networking websites, PC Pandora will let you see firsthand any updates made to your child’s page, as well conversations in MySpace and Facebook’s instant messenger programs. It will also give you the usernames and passwords for the accounts they may not want you to know about.

“The reality is that parents should be concerned with everything their child does online. Whether it’s Facebook or MySpace, instant messenger or Twitter, peer-to-peer sharing or just innocent surfing, parents need to be involved,” says Flatley. “There is no excuse for not knowing all aspects of what your child is doing on the Internet. Monitoring software plays a critical role in obtaining that knowledge. It allows you to be an effective 21st century parent by eliminating the guesswork.”

The recently-launched PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium, created in association with Flatley and her team at Flatley McNeil and Associates, is an additional resource that Pandora Corp. makes available for free. An informative and customizable 90-minute safety seminar that analyzes the common threats children and families face online every day, the symposium covers cyberbullying, Internet predators, social networking, peer-to-peer file sharing and more. The complete kit consists of a full PowerPoint presentation, read-along script, 6-page parent hand-out for distribution, and marketing materials.

“The bottom line is that parents need to be just as aware of what their children are doing and saying online as they would be for real-life situations,” says Leasure. “As our society progresses and technology advances, the two worlds are becoming synonymous – there is little distinction anymore between what people say and do online and in real-life. Kids often don’t realize that; it’s up to parents to teach them.”

For more details, visit http://www.pcpandora.com. A two-hour trial of PC Pandora is available for download. The PD Pandora Internet Safety page has a sample of the symposium materials and a quick form can get you started on bringing the Internet safety discussion to your town.

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 Pandora’s Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. 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 2008, Version 5.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com. Currently in version 5.3, the next release of PC Pandora will incorporate Pandora LIVE, a web-based service that will allow parents to check content from anywhere through a secure server.

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uKnow.com Offers Free Parental Intelligence Service To Ensure Every Parent Can Keep Their Kids Safe From Cyber Bullying And Other Digital Dangers

Washington D.C. (PRWEB) October 05, 2011

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and uKnow.com is doing its part by offering parents access to a free version of their industry-leading parental intelligence system. uKnowKids Essential is a powerful new service to help parents protect their kids against online predators, sexting, and cyberbullying while also supervising their children’s digital privacy and reputation. uKnowKids Essential is the foundation of the uKnowKids platform, which includes uKnowKids Premier and uKnowKids Premier+. Parents can access the free service at http://www.uknow.com.

uKnowKids Essential provides parents with all the major tools needed to effectively supervise their childrens digital world. Features of the free product include:

Restoration Local Warns That Children Are At Higher Risk From The Dangers Of Mold


Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) October 21, 2012

Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is warning parents that their children may be at greater risk from the dangers posed by residential mold growth. While mold may be a health hazard to all family members, children are more susceptible due to the fact that their immune systems are not fully developed.

If a child is suffering from allergy symptoms, there is a very good possibility that mold in the home is one of the triggers. These allergic symptoms may range from mild to severe, and are the result of mold spores being touched and / or inhaled.

Mold develops and grows in any area that is damp, with many types of mold growing on wet surfaces. Others may grow on food and fabrics. There are several species of mold, and while not all of them are toxic, those that are will trigger reactions in anyone who comes into contact with them.

Children and exposure to mold should be taken quite seriously, as mold related allergies may develop into something more serious over time. It is important that the mold be removed from the childs environment and the area properly treated to prevent it from returning.

Mold allergies in children may include milder symptoms such as dark circles under the eyes, fatigue, stuffy sinuses, runny noses, and irritability. If the problem is allowed to progress, they may experience hives, anaphylactic shock, and in some rare cases, even death. The most severe reactions almost always require medical attention, while mild cases may be treated with a daily antihistamine prescribed by the family doctor.

Mold must not only be removed from the home, but the environment treated in order to prevent future infestations. Commercial mold remediation services are available that are equipped to kill the mold, and then work on improving ventilation and reducing moisture and humidity levels in the area where the mold was found. By making the environment hostile to mold growth, it becomes possible to ward off any recurrence of the problem.

Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the lead mold removal and remediation companies in the US, with service providers in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.







FamilySignal Unveils New Technology to Help Parents Protect Children from Bullying and Other Internet Dangers


Birmingham, MI (PRWEB) February 12, 2013

Across the country, cyber-bullying is in the headlines almost daily. Tragically, in the most extreme cases, the online torment and hateful messages have been blamed for the suicides of several teenagers. In many of these devastating instances, parents and school officials say they had no idea the damaging behavior was taking place until it was too late. FamilySignal helps protect children from the dangers of social networks by monitoring Facebook and Twitter accounts for bullying, sex, drugs and alcohol, violence, profanity, racism and hate. Parents are notified within minutes with a simple text message on their cell phones when potential danger is detected so they can take immediate action.

Contact Brian Eisenberg, FamilySignals co-founder and a father of four, for a live demonstration of the software and to learn more about how this new technology is protecting children.

FamilySignal is simple to use (it costs $ 4.99 per month). Families can monitor one or more than one childs Facebook and Twitter accounts for the same price. The service can be canceled at any time.

The Internet can be an overwhelming experience for unsupervised kids, says Eisenberg. The simplest missteps can lead to major trauma in the blink of an eye. FamilySignal helps parents monitor those missteps and stay out in front when problems arise. Taking on the challenge of social networks together can also help parents maintain a healthy, open, trusting relationship with their children.

Cyber-bullying facts*


43% of teenagers report being victims of cyber-bullying in the last year.
Almost 80% of teens said they either did not have parental rules about Internet use or found ways around the rules.
Only 11% of teens talked to their parents about instances of cyber-bullying.
81% of young people believe others cyber-bully because they think its funny.

Source: National Crime Prevention Council

Contact:

Brian Eisenberg

(248) 752-8181

brian(at)familysignal(dot)com







FamilySignal Expands it’s New Technology to Help Parents Protect Children from Bullying and Other Internet Dangers by Adding Instagram to it’s Social Network Monitoring


Birmingham, MI (PRWEB) March 27, 2013

Instagram is the biggest new kid on the block in a sea of social media sites that are growing at an alarming rate. Children share photos with their friends at all hours of the day and night and their friends can comment at will. This leaves the person posting the photosvulnerable to attacks from malicious friends 24 hours a day.

FamilySignal helps prevent such bullying and verbal attacks by keeping parents informed so they can take immediate action the instant trouble arises. FamilySignal is easy to use and costs just $ 4.99 a month. Families can monitor one or more then one child’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts for the same price. The service can be canceled at any time.

As we all know whats posted on the Internet can remain there forever. Sending even the most innocent pictures of yourself raises the bar for exposure to bullies and predators alike, says FamilySignal co-founder Brian Eisenberg. Monitoring the commentary attached to those pictures can bring a potentially bad situation under control quickly and keep children out of danger.

Contact Brian Eisenberg, FamilySignal co-founder and father of four to learn more about how this new and growing technology is striving to help protect children.







Prevent Blindness America Urges the Public to Educate Themselves on the Dangers of Fireworks


Chicago (PRWEB) July 01, 2013

Prevent Blindness America warns the public about the potential danger of fireworks. Injuries from fireworks can have a severe impact, even affecting lives years after the accident.

Back in 1997 when Colin Burns of Chicago was in the 5th grade, his life changed when shrapnel and gunpowder from a firework that someone else lit, destroyed his left eye. To make matters even worse, Burns was already being treated for amblyopia, or lazy eye. The accident caused him to replace his good eye with a prosthetic eye and he then needed to rely on his weaker eye to compensate. Burns endured multiple surgeries over the next few years, including one where doctors moved tissue from his bottom lip to his eye socket to help fill up space. Because the risk of injury to his right eye was too great, he was not able to play in organized sports growing up.

Despite his injury, Burns accomplished tremendous amounts, including recently graduating law school. However, the lingering effects of his eye injury have made many activities, including driving and reading, more difficult.

Of course as a child, I didnt fully realize how important healthy eyes were until my accident, said Burns. I hope my story will serve as a reminder to everyone, especially parents, on how dangerous fireworks can be.

Last year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stated in its annual report that there were an estimated 8,700 injuries treated in emergency rooms in the United States, with the majority of those around the Fourth of July holiday.

Of those injuries, 12 percent, or 600, were to the eyes. And in most cases, including Colins, bystanders are more often injured by fireworks than the operators themselves. In fact, last year there were 100 eye injuries reported from viewing public fireworks displays.

Prevent Blindness America has these tips to help prevent fireworks-related injuries:

Stover Insurance & Financial Services Recognizes the Dangers of Unsupervised Swimming and Shares Safety Tips with West Virginia Homeowners


Weston, West Virginia (PRWEB) July 25, 2013

West Virginia insurance agency, Stover Insurance & Financial Services, encourages the homeowners of West Virginia to play it safe this summer while enjoying the pool. It may seem like a good idea to take a dip alone on a hot summer afternoon, but the consequences are not worth it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (CDC), around ten people die from unintentional drowning each day. Throughout the years, these statistics have shown that swimming alone or a child swimming without adult supervision is a leading cause for a number of drowning outcomes. In fact, most headlines note that small children and infants are victims to drowning due to full access to a pool area without the aid of an adult or teenager. The severity of such situations calls for preventative safety measures. Stover Insurance & Financial Services has a few preventative techniques to share with the West Virginia community, including: