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Family Law Firm Finds Women Are Taking Active Steps To Protect Children, Assets During Divorce

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) May 1, 2006

Nirenstein Ruotolo Group, P.L. C., one of Arizonas most prestigious family law firms, has found that more women are taking necessary steps to protect themselves, their children and their assets in case of divorce.

According to the National Vital Statistics Report issued by the Centers for Disease Control on March 31, 2006, over 18,660 Arizona marriages ended in divorce between January and September 2005, up slightly from previous years. As divorce rates continue to increase, women are becoming more actively involved in educating themselves about divorce and child and spousal support.

Women are more aware of protecting their rights during a divorce, said Alexander D. Nirenstein, NRGs managing member. Our job is to make sure our clients are educated and receive positive results in their cases.

NRG has consistently reached out to assist women in understanding their rights in a divorce. Fred Ruotolo, a founding partner of NRG, participated in the 2006 Arizona Familys Womens Expo. Ruotolo spoke to attending women about a range of topics related to family law and child custody.

The women in attendance at the Womens Expo inquired about an assortment of topics such as child custody, spousal support and property division, said Ruotolo. We were able to provide these women with empowering information, helping them make better decisions for their future and the future of their children.

NRG also hosts Arizonas source for blogging Web site information on family law. Arizona Family Law Blog is the definitive site for up-to-date information on cases that affect family law and divorce, interesting legal news from around the nation and in-depth answers to important family law questions. Visitors to http://www.azfamilylawblog.com can reply to any of the posted topics with questions or comments and receive responses from the lawyers at NRG.

About Nirenstein Ruotolo Group P.L.C.

Founded in 2003 by accomplished family law attorneys, NRG is a boutique family law firm that provides professional representation in Arizona divorce and family law litigation, mediation, appellate review and mental health and elder law services. NRG boasts nine experienced family law attorneys, two litigation analysts, four paralegals, and five support personnel. The firm represents many diverse clients, both in Arizona and nationally, and is one of the most-respected law firms in Arizona practicing divorce and family law exclusively. For additional information, please visit http://www.nrglaw.net.

For more information, contact:

Beth Glick (Crosby-Wright P.R.)(480) 367-1112

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Family Survival During Economic Downturn in Nine Easy Steps


Asheville, NC (PRWEB) October 30, 2008

One of the most essential action steps toward financial protection is to create an emergency fund consisting of three to six months living expenses in a liquid FDIC insured banking account, such as a checking, savings, or money market. Jeff Palmer, ChFC Financial Planner, of The Palmer Group also recommends debt elimination as the very best step to weather a financial storm. Many families will find it difficult to eliminate debt and increase immediate cash flow in their current situation and Palmer offers various ways this can be achieved.

“Create a household budget to examine spending for non-essentials. By creating a list of expenses each month, one can see where s/he is spending money and where adjustments may be made,” Palmer explains. After taking inventory of spending habits, sensible ways to decrease spending can be found.

Palmer’s 9 essential steps for surviving the economic downturn are to create a budget, establish an emergency fund, reduce credit card spending, pay off debts, shop smart, sell unwanted items, explore second incomes, plan ahead and invest in the future. These 9 steps are clearly explained in the current newsletter edition of Sixty Second Parent.

One way to reduce lifestyle spending is to become a savvy consumer. Groceries are an expensive necessity. When creating a grocery list for the household, collecting and using coupons, and selecting items on sale can be a tremendous savings to the family budget. Palmer warns, “Do not rely heavily on credit cards or lines of credit to cover emergencies. Banks are freezing lines of credit and credit card companies are lowering available lines of credit. You do not want to go deeper into debt for emergency expenses.” Even paying off a little each week will help to reduce debt.

According to Palmer, there is a real possibility of inflation in the economy due to the credit crisis. Inflation occurs when too much money follows to too few goods and services. It is based on the supply and demand principle. The effects of inflation impacts on prices at grocery stores, retail outlets, gas stations and beyond.

Nationally acclaimed pediatrician Dr. Olson Huff MD, of Sixty Second Parent, helps parents to develop healthier and more affordable eating habits for their children and reducing grocery costs at the same time. “Finding creative ways to encourage fruits and vegetables in your child’s diet can be fun for the entire family,” said Huff.

By offering more fruits and vegetables in combination with old favorites, parents can improve the health of their children and improve their budget. Implementing these simple steps may put you in a better financial position in good times or bad times. These steps will not come easily. They require changes in habits for the entire household. It is therefore important to set realistic goals and stick to them.

About Sixty Second Parent:

Sixty Second Parent is a website that offers a unique and fresh approach to obtaining practical parenting tips and information. Sixty Second Parent understands that the expectations and pressures put on parents today are more complex than ever before and recognizes the need for a simpler support system for parents and families.

As part of the solution, Sixty Second Parent has brought together the world’s leading experts in child development, child health and parenting to provide sound practical parenting information within an online community network.

Sixty Second Parent provides parents-to-be, young parents and grandparents with information, enjoyment, and connection into a like-minded community via a user-friendly web platform. This community gives parents the information they need, as well as reassurance in their actions, and guidance in interactions with their children.

The online support network is designed to link parents and families with industry specialists and other parents along with an online parenting store offering the best in early childcare resources.

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Allstate Insurance Company Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study Reveals Areas with Highest Rates of Deadly Teen Crashes from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day : Study part of Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign to urge parents and teens to have a conversation about smart driving during the holiday season and sign Allstate’s Parent-Teen Driving Contract


NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 3, 2008

The Allstate Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study found that the 10 deadliest hotspots for fatal teen crashes among the nation’s 50 largest metro areas (a central city and its surrounding counties) from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day are:

Mommy, Who Stole My Identity? Follow 5 Tips to Avoid Childhood Identity Theft during National Protect Your Identity Week (October 17-24, 2009)


New York, NY (Vocus) October 21, 2009 –

It is a debilitating crime. Identity theft violates its victims, strips them of their ability to purchase homes and cars, and leaves them swimming in a never-ending sea of paperwork. When five percent of identity theft happens to minors under the age of 18, according to the Federal Trade Commission, thieves are beginning to realize that children are an easy, and profitable, target.

Young people dont even realize their identity has been stolen until they apply for their drivers permit, apply for a college loan, or open their first checking account, warns The Campus Safety Expert Bob Baier, author of Identity Theft – Prevention for the College Student. The crime can go undetected for up to 15 years! By the time parents realize their children have been violated, the thieves are long gone.

Childhood identity theft can ruin its victims’ names, preventing them from buying cars and homes, leaving them with thousands of dollars in collections, and with credit accounts and addresses where they have never lived, years after the crime has been detected. Among his 7 Most Important Things You Need to Know to Prevent Identity Theft, these are particularly important to parents of minors:

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Tell your child to immediately remove all P2P (peer to peer) programs for downloading free music and games from their computers (Lime Wire, Bear Share, Soul Seek etc.). Place them onto a thumb drive, disc, memory stick. Criminals anywhere in the world have total access to every single item on their computer when they are on the internet.

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On every social networking site, have your child remove all personal information including addresses, birthdays, telephone numbers etc. Tell them never to link to someone they do not already know. When they click on a link malware is downloaded onto their computer.

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Check your child’s free credit report regularly. It is estimated that there is at least one child in every classroom in the United States that has already had their identities stolen.

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Watch for shoulder surfing. Your children must be aware of everyone around them, anytime they are on their laptops. At school, in the park, waiting for transportation, any public place. People are looking over their shoulder and using mobile phone cameras to take pictures of personal information.

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Tell your child to be very careful on “chats.” Never give out personal information of any kind. Foreign computer hackers have developed what is called “Russian Robots” which are automated computer programs that can chat with 10 people at a time with the sole purpose of acquiring as much information as possible to steal their identity. Victims are unable to detect they are giving vital information to only a computer.

When it comes to keeping kids safe, Bob Baier of Warwick, New York, covers all of the bases: Dating Abuse, Date Rape and Sexual Assault, Safer Sex, Domestic Violence, Alcohol and Drug Awareness, and of course, Identity Theft. In his full time profession as a forensic document examiner, Baier was seeing more signatures being forged and more identities stolen, which prompted him to write Identity Theft – Prevention for the College Student. Also known as The Campus Safety Expert, Baier is a court qualified Forensic Handwriting Investigator who has rendered an opinion in 23 states and 2 countries, and he has testified as an expert witness in 8 states. A Guinness World Record breaking canoeist, this pilot, parachutist, and balloonist has also driven a race car at 160 miles per hour. A bit of a daredevil in his everyday life, Baier recommends prudence when it comes to protecting ones identity. He teaches forensic document examination at the International School of Forensic Document Examination and was named the 2008 Forensic Document Examiner of the year by Handwriting Services International.

For more information about The Campus Safety Expert Bob Baier, log onto http://ExpertDocumentExaminerWeb.com or call 1.888.460.3828.OR

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For more information about The Campus Safety Expert Bob Baier, including a free listing of The FBI’s Top 10 Latest Scams and the free 30 Day Program to Help Prevent Identity Theft, click on Identity Theft at http://www.BobBaierInfo.com or call 1.888.460.3827.

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Families Booking Popular Reunion Cruises during Wave Season Now Qualify for Travel Insureds Group Travel Insurance in 2010


East Hartford, CT (PRWEB) February 11, 2010

Travel Insureds recently updated group travel insurance plans allow coverage for family groups of 10 or more members booking their reunion cruises. The 2010 Wave Season marks the first time family groups can enjoy group travel insurance savings in the booking period when the industry offers some of its best cruise deals of the year.

The first quarter of the year, the traditional Wave Season period when cruise line members of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) offer some of their most attractive sales, is an opportunity for family groups of 10 or more. They can tap into the growing popularity of family reunion cruises and get a great deal for cruising together in summer, fall or even next winter. Travel Insured International has recently revised and simplified its group travel insurance program into two choices of Travel Insured Lite or Deluxe Group Protection plans. The revision allows family groups of 10 or more members, who previously needed to purchase individual plans, to obtain the savings of Travel Insured group insurance. Remember that group members are required to be traveling to the same destination with the same departure and return dates to be covered on the same Travel Insured group protection plan.

Family travel insurance coverage allows for groups of relatives to take advantage of the popular reunion vacation experience that cruising provides. Dozens of daily onboard cruise activities usually include something for everyone, and supervised childrens programs on many vessels, organized for kids in multiple age groups, allow parents to enjoy adult vacations enhanced by hours of child-sitting services.

Members of a family can enjoy several Travel Insured Group Deluxe or Lite Protection plan options that mean flexibility for both the group and its individuals.

One set of attractive premium rates for the group: there is no difference whether the insurance is inclusive for all members or voluntary for individual members.
Cancel for Any Reason coverage is available as an included purchase for the entire group provided it is purchased within 14 days as an option with either the Lite or Deluxe Protection plan. The Cancel for Any Reason option allows group members to cancel their trip for any reason up to two days prior to scheduled departure and obtain up to a 75% reimbursement of prepaid, non-refundable trip costs.
If a group arranges its trip – and buys either the Group Lite or Group Deluxe Protection plan through a travel agent partner of Travel Insured International it enjoys the added option to purchase Cancel for Any Reason coverage either as an included purchase for the entire group or as an optional purchase by individuals within the group.
Group insurance members can qualify, if they purchase the group insurance plan prior to their final trip payment, for a Pre-Existing Medical Condition waiver. The waiver can provide Trip Cancellation coverage before the trip, or Trip Interruption and Emergency Medical Expense coverage during the trip, for a recurrence of a pre-existing condition that might otherwise be excluded from coverage under the plan.

The Best Group Cruise Insurance for Wave Season

In addition to the above pricing features and options, Travel Insured International group plans offer a range of coverage to deal with unforeseen risks that could potentially disrupt a family or other group cruise vacation.

Travel Insureds Group Deluxe Protection plan includes: Trip Cancellation / Interruption; Trip Delay of up to $ 150 per insured per day; Emergency Accident & Sickness Medical Expenses; Emergency Medical Evacuation; Baggage & Personal Effects plus Baggage Delay; 24-hour Emergency Travel Assistance and up to $ 25,000 of Travel Accident coverage.
Travel Insured Group Lite Protection plan has lower premiums and benefit limits than the Deluxe plan. It includes: Trip Cancellation / Interruption; Trip Delay; Emergency Medical Expenses; Emergency Medical Evacuation; Baggage & Personal Effects plus Baggage Delay, and 24-hour Emergency Travel Assistance.

Pre-Booking Travel Insured Group Plans

There is a pre-booking requirement for Travel Insured Group Plans. Group leaders or agents should visit http://www.travelinsured.com or call 1-800-243-3174 and ask for the Group Administrator. A first step is to apply either for inclusive plan for the whole group or a voluntary plan for individual members. For inclusive, the plan must be included for all passengers and payment included as part of the initial trip deposit. For voluntary, the cost of the protection plan must be invoiced as a separate line item with an option to decline the protection plan by subtracting the plan cost from the total package price.

Insured participants must insure the full prepaid cost of the trip. Premiums, which are net price, must be paid along with the group manifest by the 15th of the month prior to trip departure, and both manifests and credit card payment by Visa or Master Card, can be made online. Travel agency checks are also accepted. Once premium payment has been received the travel agent or group leader will receive electronically a Description of Coverage to be distributed to group members.

Find your best family reunion Wave Season cruise deal, preferably with professional travel agent guidance. Remember to take along the best group cruise insurance for Wave Season, either Travel Insured Group Deluxe or Group Lite Protection with optional Cancel for Any Reason. Enjoy your reunion cruise!

About Travel Insured International:

Travel Insured delivers comprehensive travel protection benefits ranging from trip cancellation and trip interruption to emergency assistance and Medevac insurance, travel accident and sickness medical expense, accidental death and dismemberment, missed connection and baggage delay or loss.

The company’s travel insurance plans include its comprehensive Worldwide Trip Protector, the most popular travel protection plan and Worldwide Trip Protector Gold, an enhanced travel insurance plan designed to protect luxury vacations and business trips. Travel Insured also offers two travel insurance plans designed to provide basic yet flexible protection for families and budget conscious travelers, its Worldwide Trip Protector Lite insurance plan and Worldwide Trip Protector Lite Expanded insurance plan. Finally they offer an Airline Ticket Protector plan as well as a complete offering of Group Travel Insurance plans including Student Group insurance plans.

Visit Travel Insured’s travel insurance web site or speak to a friendly, knowledgeable Travel Insured customer care professional at 1-800-243-3174.

Travel Insured International, based in East Hartford, Connecticut, was founded in 1993 by the foresight of insurance industry executive Peter Gehris when he acquired the travel protection division of the Travelers Insurance Company. Coverage is underwritten by Arch Insurance Company (a Missouri corporation, NAIC #11150) with executive offices located in Jersey City, NJ. Not all insurance products or coverage is available in all jurisdictions. Coverage is subject to actual policy language.

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National Association of Professional Pet Sitters Issues Appeal for Pet Safety During Poison Prevention Week

Mount Laurel, NJ (PRWEB) March 11, 2010

During National Poison Prevention Week, March 14 20, 2010, professional pet sitters across the nation are issuing an appeal for pet owners to conduct a comprehensive safety examination of their home to protect their pets from accidental poisoning.

Many household pets are naturally curious creatures, explains Monica Leighton, President of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS). While great care is taken to create a safe environment for the family, many are not as comprehensive with their furry family member. We believe its vitally important for pet owners to become educated on dangerous substances to create a safe environment and prevent accidents for each household member.

To create a pet-friendly home, NAPPS encourages pet owners to conduct a room-by-room safety examination and recommends the following tips for each room of the house:

From the Runway to the Racetrack…..Allen Iverson, Terrell Owens, Vince Young, and Other Notable Athletes and Entertainers Lend Their Time and Talents to Charity Fashion Show During Kentucky Derby Weekend


Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 24, 2010

Fashion Lives! A Derby Vogue Affair provides a platform for fashion designers, artists, jewelers, hat milners, and shoemakers to showcase their latest collections while bringing about change for the betterment of the lives of children in foster care waiting to be adopted into loving families.

Fashion Lives! A Derby Vogue Affair is much more than your average fashion show; apart from a spectacular head-turning runway filled with the latest fashions and amazing custom hats, the event will also highlight the rich and illustrious history of the derby, its unique vogue style, and its’ illuminating jockey precedence. The event’s special moment will shine the spotlight on pioneers in fashion, sports and entertainment.

The shows mission is to annually motivate and inspire innovative fashion and the art industries’ leading and emerging designers to unveil their lines, talents and vision to influential and elite power players on the eve of the time-honored, Kentucky Derby. Fashion Lives! A Derby Vogue Affair will feature designers and patrons who have an earnest interest in raising awareness and enriching the lives of abused, abandoned and neglected children.

Part of the proceeds from the inaugural fashion show benefits two very worthy non-profit organizations that work tirelessly to enhance the day-to-day lives of these extraordinary children in crisis; Juli’s Kids Motivated to Succeed, and Louisville’s’ own, Home of Innocents. Home of the Innocents, a private, non-profit agency that has been in operation for 130 years, last year served almost 2,000 children and families. The organization is the region’s open arms to kids in crisis – caring for children of abuse, abandonment and neglect, those who are medically fragile, and children with autism.

Juli’s Kids Motivated to Succeed, a non-profit organization, founded in 1998, and recently renamed, was formed to nurture the need of millions of children in our nation’s foster care and social service systems. The mission of Juli’s Kids is to enrich the quality of life of today’s abused, abandoned and neglected children throughout the United States whose futures have been directly impacted by circumstances which have placed them within the foster care system. Juli’s Kids focuses on youths in group homes, child protective services and child abuse shelters.

World renowned designer lines as well as new, up and coming designers will grace the catwalk. Title sponsor Jam Sports & Entertainment is joined by Red Bull, American Airlines, Horseshoe Casino & Hotel, and Carol’s Daughter. Each of these partners will provide a unique combination of hospitality, services and attractions to support the fundraising efforts of this grand gala.

Fashion Lives! A Derby Vogue Affair will be held on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 8:30 PM at the Showroom of Horseshoe Casino & Hotel followed by a party with the stars until 2 AM. Tickets range in price: $ 50, $ 100, $ 250; the $ 2,500 and the $ 4,000 levels both include VIP access, autographed memorabilia, table seating and derby ticket to private Fashion Lives Celebrity Jockey Suite at Churchill Downs). Tickets are on sale now at http://www.jamsports247.com/fashionlives or charge by phone at 301.868.8856.

For press information including complimentary hi-resolution celebrity photographs, please contact:

Eddie Rhodman, Jr.

DFSM

404-423-4493

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Stop Cyberbullying and Internet Predators with PC Pandora Monitoring Software During the 7th Annual Cyber Security Awareness Month


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.

Reporters and Producers: Covering Internet safety? We are your technology solution component. Software is available to journalists for review and testing. Executives are available for interviews. Let us help you show your audience how easy it can be to keep their kids safe on the Internet.

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Keep Your Kids Safe at Home During the Holidays


Irving, TX (Vocus) November 22, 2010

Latest advances in home security give parents an edge when kids are alone

Parents go through the same basic to-do list each holiday season: Turkey? Check. Presents? Yep. Decorations? All set.

Kids have an entirely different to-do list that consists of just one item – school? Not this week.

During the holiday season, many schools across the nation close their doors for all or most of the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. So parents who work add an additional item to their checklist – safety. Left alone during holiday breaks until their parents get home, latchkey kids need to be provided with a safe, secure environment.

Thats no small task. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in more than 15.2 million households with children under the age of 18, both mom and dad work outside the home. And with the lure of expensive gifts stashed away in closets or under Christmas trees, this time of year offers extra incentives for thieves to break into homes.

For children who are home alone, an effective, monitored security system provides a greater level of comfort for the parents, and a greater sense of protection for the children, said Dom DAscoli, president of the Electronic Security Association (http://www.ESAweb.org). Based in Irving, Texas, ESA provides information, training and advocacy for more than 2,500 member companies who employ more than 500,000 industry professionals.

Traditionally, the idea of keeping kids safe has centered on the well-known model of a standard security system: control panel, keypad, door and window sensors, an audible alarm, and centralized offsite monitoring. But state-of-the-art home security solutions are now going far beyond the basics.

Marshall Marinace, owner and president of Marshall Alarm Systems in Yorktown, N.Y., is a 37-year veteran of the security industry, as well as a vice president on the ESA Board of Directors. He says it is now common for parents to be able to interact with a security system, even when they arent home, rather than simply react if something goes wrong.

There are so many possibilities because of technology developed in the past few years, Marinace said. The equipment is more advanced, but it also costs much less and its easier to install and maintain.

The most basic level of interactivity is a text message or e-mail sent to the parent via mobile phone or computer when a child arrives home safely, or leaves home again later in the afternoon. This not only eliminates the need for phone calls, he said, but also saves time during a busy workday.

Further, that notification can be linked to a live video feed via the web or as a video clip attachment that can be triggered by specific actions inside or outside the home.

Video is the hottest thing right now, Marinace said. People are asking for a series of cameras that can provide video through the Internet, and also store it on a digital recording device inside the house for later review. In fact, he said, some devices can store six months of video or more in a searchable archive.

Video is an excellent way to monitor whats going on at home, although the hidden nanny-cam has become less popular, with more emphasis on open placement of cameras in strategic areas. Ralph Sevinor, president of Wayne Alarm Systems in Lynn, Mass., who has spent more than 30 years in the security industry, says privacy issues have become important.

The development of video technology is opening up new ground so quickly its difficult to keep up with both legally and ethically, he said. The issue is the perception of privacy, and whether people are aware they are being viewed. So as a company, we wont place hidden cameras, and we discourage homeowners from doing that.

Taking privacy issues into consideration, cameras are generally placed openly both inside and outside the house. Not only does this give parents the ability to monitor when their child comes and goes, but they can also track activities such as homework, watching TV or playing video games, and see visitors when they arrive and leave.

Additionally, security access codes have become more sophisticated. Instead of a traditional single-code system, for example, customized codes can monitor or restrict access to specific areas or items within the home.

Using a partitioning technique, Marinace said, a child or a caregiver can be given a security code that limits accessibility to sensitive areas such as master bedrooms, medicine cabinets or gun storage. If the need arises to enter those areas, he said, a parent can either provide the appropriate code, or remotely provide access to the area via the Internet.

In fact, the combination of video monitoring and remote interaction is the cornerstone for any effective security system. This allows parents to take a hands-on approach to security without even being at home.

People want to have checks and balances, and verification that everything is being taken care of, said Bob Tucker, a spokesperson for ADT Security Services, which has 350 sales and service locations in North America. So instead of finding out about events after theyve happened, homeowners want to be able to remotely interact with their systems.

Tucker said the next level of interaction goes beyond simply controlling a security system. The latest technology on the market provides centralized wireless control of a wide array of household functions – not just sophisticated monitoring of security and video, but also control of temperature, lighting, appliances and entertainment components. Recurring events can be automated, such as timing for lights or appliances, and alerts can be provided for any crisis events inside the home, including water leaks, fire, or carbon monoxide emissions.

Parents can control these systems remotely via computer or mobile device. Inside the house, the system is controlled from a portable touchscreen panel anywhere inside the home, as well as through wireless devices.

Its more than about being able to control whats going on when your children are home alone, or when no one is home at all, he said. Ultimately, its a lifestyle management concept where you have control over your environment from inside the home, whether its monitoring video or getting the latest weather report.

In the end, though, for parents of latchkey kids, only one thing matters.

You want to make sure that the ones you care about are safe, Tucker said. Its all about peace of mind.

ABOUT ESA

Formerly the NBFAA, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest and longest established trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. ESA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at http://www.ESAweb.org.

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Pandora Corp. Announces Promotional Free Giveaway of PC Pandora Monitoring Software during CBS 48-Hours Mystery Special on Cyberbullying


Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) September 16, 2011

Tonight, CBS will air a special episode of its 48 Hours Mystery series that focuses on the national epidemic of cyberbullying. Pandora Corp. co-founder, James Leasure, is urging parents to tune in and take note.

Its time for every parent to stand up and take action against this heinous act, says Leasure. Bullying has always been around. But this is a completely different ballgame, compared to the schoolyard bullying of 20-30 years ago. Today, cyberbullying destroys lives, but it is also preventable.

Pandora Corp. is the maker of PC Pandora computer monitoring software. Like a DVR for your TV, PC Pandora records everything and anything on your PC, allowing parents to see everything their child is doing online. Parents can see screenshots of all activity, plus text-based logs of all Facebook and social network posts and chats, instant messenger conversations, websites visited and much more. Whatever a child does on the computer, good or bad, PC Pandora will show their parents everything. Leasure says having this knowledge and monitoring Internet activity is essential in the fight against cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying thrives on anonymity, Leasure states. Bullies are able to torment their victims behind a cloak of anonymity both online and inside their own home. Cyberbullying will simply never stop until the parents of the bullies know what their children are doing online, and care enough to step in and stop it. As states revisit their laws and make amendments, there will be more legal repercussions if parents continue to ignore the epidemic.

Cyberbullying has made state legislators, school districts and even the federal government take notice. According to cyberbullying.org, 46 states have anti-bullying laws on the books; 34 of them have been updated to include electronic harassment. In addition, 44 states require schools to have specific policies for bullying.

Parents should know what laws are there to help them, in the event their child becomes a victim, Leasure explains. On the other hand, parents need to be proactive and make sure their child is not an aggressor in any way. Schools are updating policies, and legislators are updating and adding new laws that can make something your child thinks is just a joke into an incident that can remain with them for years. No one needs that just like no one needs bullying.

To coincide with the CBS 48-Hours Mystery special on cyberbullying, Pandora Corp. is making their PC Pandora computer monitoring software available for free, during airtime only (check your local listings).

Were going to do a special promotional giveaway for parents who are ready to stand up and end cyberbullying now, states Leasure. You can get PC Pandora for free; just go to our website while the special is airing, and enter the code 48HOURS at check-out. Youll get a fantastic tool that every parent should be using to keep their kids safe online and out of the path of cyberbullying.

Users can also sign up for the PC Pandora LIVE! service. The subscription-based add-on feature allows parents to check recorded activity and make changes to parental controls on the monitored computer, all through a secure log-in website. Leasure says this service is a must for working parents and parents who are monitoring more than one machine, as records from all machines can be checked from one PC Pandora LIVE! account.

It is essential for all parents to monitor their childrens activity and behavior on the Internet, just as they would in real life, in order to help put an end to cyberbullying. Fortunately, tools like PC Pandora make it easy. For more information on PC Pandora, visit the website at http://pcpandora.com and like the PC Pandora Facebook page!

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 monitoring software 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 computer monitoring software is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com and on and on Facebook!

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