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OpenDNS Helps Thousands of Schools and Libraries Achieve CIPA Compliance Without Exhausting Technology Budgets

San Francisco (PRWEB) November 10, 2007

OpenDNS, the award-winning DNS service that makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced the successes thousands of schools and libraries across the United States have experienced using the free service to meet the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). A federal law enacted by Congress in 2000, CIPA addresses concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. OpenDNS is the world’s largest, fastest-growing DNS service.

While other Web content filtering products and services are sold to schools and libraries, exhausting their technology budgets, OpenDNS is free. Compared head-to-head, OpenDNS performs all of the same Web content filtering functions as the leading subscription products and services.

“As budgets tighten, regulations grow, and K-12 Internet filtering becomes more complex, free services like OpenDNS are fast becoming mission-critical tools that schools rely on to help deliver safe and effective Internet access to their staff and students,” said Jim Klein, Director Information Services & Technology for Saugus Union School District, OpenDNS user and highly respected technology innovator.

CIPA imposes certain types of requirements on any school or library wanting to receive funding support for Internet access or internal connections. In early 2001, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued rules implementing CIPA including the requirement of an Internet Safety Policy. Such a policy must include technology protection measures to block or filter Internet access to content that is obscene, considered to be child pornography or is harmful to minors, on all computers that are accessed by minors. OpenDNS answers this need by offering free and airtight Web content filtering that schools and libraries use to secure their networks and keep kids protected from unsafe content.

“OpenDNS is rooted in the belief that a safe Internet shouldn’t be something that’s unavailable to kids, but dealing with a restrictive budget makes running a network for a learning institution and keeping kids safe online challenging,” said David Ulevitch, OpenDNS CEO. “By using OpenDNS, network administrators can free budget to explore other innovative technologies that make the Internet experience better for the kids on their network. We’re thrilled to be providing such an excellent and valuable service to network administrators at schools and libraries.”

About OpenDNS

OpenDNS makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable. Based in San Francisco, the company operates a large distributed network that powers a new kind of recursive DNS (Domain Name System) service that provides all Internet users increased security, reliability and performance. OpenDNS is thoroughly committed to building and operating the best DNS platform in the world and to improving the Internet. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit: http://www.opendns.com


McGruff Helps Families, Schools, and Law Enforcement Take A Bite Out of Internet Crimes Against Kids

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 22, 2008

In an effort to take a bite out of Internet crimes against kids, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and Children’s Educational Network (CEN) announce the launch of McGruff Kid Safe Browser(http://www.McGruffBrowser.com). Using CEN’s The Ultimate Kids Internet (http://www.TUKI.com) technology, this new “keep kids safe online” software will come complete with easy-to-use parental controls that allow children to surf the Internet in a safer and more educational environment that is the perfect tool for schools, law enforcement and families.

Approximately 53 million American youth, ages 4 to 16, access the Internet from their homes each day. Few use computers enabled with systems (parental controls) that protect them from accessing websites with pornographic materials or talking with the numerous predators that surf the Internet looking for opportunities to interact with children.

Greg Writer, founder and CEO of CEN, watched as the number of online-related crimes against children began to rise in the late 1990s. But he didn’t sit on the sidelines and complain. As a father of five with a background in investment banking, he created CEN and its parental controlled software for private labeling. “I am excited to work with NCPC. This makes an incredible statement as to where we are as a company and where we are going as a Nation in the fight against Internet crimes against children,” he explains. “With McGruff we can reach youth audiences and the crime fighting community, offering a McGruff branded browser and educational tools that address this very important issue,” Greg states.

With one glance at the most recent Internet safety statistics, most will agree this is a problem that needs a lot of attention and advanced tools offered by CEN & NCPC to keep our kids safe.

Biometrics Technology Helps Schools with Struggling Lunch Programs Get A Bigger Piece of Federal Funding Pie

Torrance, CA (PRWEB) October 10, 2008

Food Service Solutions is now offering a software for schools that will improve their means of identifying poor students, while protecting their privacy. This will enable districts to establish accurate accounting records in order to qualify for maximum state and federal funding. Studies show that many schools suffer from insufficient funding because they fail to qualify every student who is entitled to a free and reduced lunch at the school cafeteria. With this new system in place, administrators and parents can also keep track of balances and student eating habits.

Answering the question “How poor are you?” may seem unsavory. But school districts that don’t properly assess the economic status of its student populations will have no luck sweetening the pot when requesting federal and state funds. As a result, schools facing rising food costs coupled with budget shortfalls have been forced to hike food service prices for paying students and rely more heavily on less nutritious processed food.

Sometimes, with older accounting systems, the truth is plain as day and unintentionally segregates poor school children from the throng. Rather than pay with cash, students eligible for free and reduced lunch are issued vouchers or ID cards that, when presented at meal time, immediately identified their economic status. The embarrassment causes some students to do without food rather than be seen as less fortunate.

The older accounting system was not user-friendly either. School officials could not see personal account balances as each student went through the line as they can with the new biometric technology. Instead, to check balances, administrators would have to print out an entire list of lunch accounts at the end of the day.

Also, while the card-carrying system kept the background of each student confidential, it created other problems. On days when they did not intend to eat lunch, some students would loan their cards to friends. As a result, cards were often lost or stolen and replacing them created more work for already busy school officials.

The FSS biometric technology system has succeeded, in part, because it makes laborious – and sometimes ineffective – administrative tasks so much easier. The new system also makes it easier for student and staff customers to pre-pay for meals. The system offers a good way of tracking that money. Parents can go online, via the MySchoolAccount.com feature and see when their child has eaten, and if they have money in their account. If there’s a question, they can print out an accurate statement to clarify.

This new technology speeds up the verification process of all registered students so that food service lines move faster. Also, since there is no need to carry cash for payment – students can pre-pay meals – no student stands out as either eligible for free and reduced lunch or not.

For more info about biometric identification systems, write to FSS Inc. at 1227 Eleventh Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601; call (814) 949-2037; fax (814) 946-7572; or visit their website http://www.foodserve.com


InstantAmber Helps Upromise Members Protect Their Children and Save Money for College

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 14, 2009

InstantAmber (http://www.instantamber.com) is proud to announce that it has teamed up with Upromise, the largest private source of college funding contributions, to help families save instantly on a child safety service and education. Now, Upromise’s ten million members can access InstantAmber’s service, which offers a $ 9 reward for college when you sign up for Instant Amber’s program through 05/31/09. After the promotional offer ends, Upromise members will receive a $ 4 reward for college!

“Upromise was, is and shall continue to be the easiest and smartest way for parents to save for their children’s college education. InstantAmber and Upromise share a common mission of providing unique and valuable service to parents and their children, and we’re excited to expand the cash back rewards for their members.” Matt Berman, Founder, InstantAmber

“InstantAmber.com is a critical resource to help ensure the safety and protection of children in America and in partnering with Upromise, provides a critical program that Upromise members can take advantage of while at the same time helping families save money for college,” says Tony Buglione, Business Development Manager, Upromise.

InstantAmber is excited to offer Upromise’s members cash for their children’s college savings accounts. InstantAmber is found in two categories: Baby, Kids & Toys: Baby Gear and Services: General services. To locate InstantAmber on Upromise’s website, please visit http://www.shop.upromise.com and search by using the Keyword “InstantAmber” or look in the categories mentioned above.

About Upromise:

Launched in April 2001, today Upromise is a major, private source of college funding contributions in America, with over 10 million members and more than $ 475 million in member rewards. Membership is free and can help families save money for college while making everyday purchases of products and services at more than 21,000 grocery and drug stores, 10,000 gas stations, 8,500 restaurants and over 600 online shopping sites. Upromise participating companies include Bank of America, ExxonMobil Corporation, Bed Bath & Beyond

InstantAmber Helps OneCause Members Contribute to Schools and Non-Profit Causes

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) June 1, 2009

InstantAmber (http://www.instantamber.com) is proud to announce that it has teamed up with OneCause. OneCause funds a consumer’s chosen cause or school by channeling their everyday purchases to well-known merchants and service providers, who in turn contribute a percentage of every purchase back to the cause or school. When a OneCause member purchases InstantAmber through OneCause’s site, 20% will be donated to the member’s school or nonprofit cause.

Since 1999, over $ 200 million has been donated to more than 30,000 causes and schools nationwide. Thousands of local, regional and national nonprofit causes and schools participate with OneCause to earn contributions through their supporters’ everyday purchases: Every time an eligible purchase is made at any OneCause merchant, up to 20% is contributed back to the chosen cause or school, at no extra cost to the nonprofit or the supporter.

“OneCause is the easiest and smartest way for parents to raise funds for their childrens’ schools. InstantAmber and OneCause share a common mission of providing a unique and valuable service to parents and their children, and we’re excited to help parents, educators and schools while protecting children at the same time.” Matt Berman, Founder, InstantAmber

“InstantAmber.com helps ensure the safety and protection of children by decreasing the time it takes for law enforcement to get all the facts they need to start searching. OneCause has a lot of members that are parents. It’s a perfect fit,” says Stephen Avalone, president, OneCause.

InstantAmber is excited to contribute to OneCause members’ causes or schools of choice. InstantAmber is currently found in two categories: New Merchants and Services. To locate InstantAmber on OneCause’s website, please visit http://www.onecause.com/shop and search by using the Keyword “InstantAmber” or look in the categories mentioned above.

About OneCause:

OneCause helps causes and schools engage current supporters, attract new supporters and increase contributions by blending social networking and contributions from everyday shopping. Founded in 1999, OneCause programs have contributed more than $ 200 million to thousands of nonprofit causes and schools — without any direct donations. OneCause is operated by CauseLoyalty LLC., a subsidiary of Rakuten, Inc. With U.S. headquarters in Boston, Rakuten is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive Internet service companies, with services in e-commerce, portal and media, travel, financial services, and professional sports. http://www.onecause.com

About InstantAmber:

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.


New Technology Helps Protect Lost and Injured Children

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 1, 2010

Two mothers create new technology to help lost, missing and injured children. AlertID has a patent-pending system (SaaS) for everyday protection of children.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a child is lost or seriously injured every 2 seconds. Thats why founders, Keli Wilson and Eve Fritsche, searched for better ways to protect children. Traditional solutions had good intentions, but were too slow or inadequate. During the critical hour of an emergency, parents often cannot find or do not have access to their childs pictures and critical health and safety information.

What if your child gets hurt at school, and you’re away on a business trip? How would parents be able to help, or get information to the appropriate people fast? AlertID bridges the gap to get current information to the right person to protect children, said Eve.

AlertID is the first system to provide parents with protection and assistance in case their children are ever lost or injured, even when theyre not there. It’s a totally private and secure system that immediately gives police, first aid personnel and hospital staff all the vital information they need. It also immediately informs parents and their most trusted friends through text, email and phone if there is ever a problem.

Our goal for 2010 is to give away 1 million online child health & ID kits completely free, according to Keli. The system integrates with law enforcement and health care providers, but most importantly it helps protect children and gives parents peace of mind.

For more information and to receive a free kit, please see the website at http://www.AlertID.com

About AlertID:

AlertID is everyday protection for children. Parents have far greater peace of mind knowing that schools, day care centers, babysitters, friends and good samaritans can get help for their children when they’re not there. And they will always have all the information they need at their fingertips for their child’s health and protection.

AlertIDs Online Child Health & ID Kits are a free service available to all parents in the United States through schools, law enforcement and family friendly corporations everywhere. Contact Keli if youd like to distribute these free kits in your area or through your business.


Debtmerica Helps Foster Teens Learn Real World Personal Finance Strategies

Santa Ana, CA (Vocus) June 17, 2010

On Saturday, April 24, Debtmerica, LLC teamed up with the Orangewood Childrens Foundation to help foster children learn to manage their personal finances with an all-day event set in a fictional Independent City.

Volunteers helped construct and operate Independent City, which simulated some of the day-to-day challenges faced by adults in modern American society. Orangewoods foster teens were able to learn valuable lessons about paying for housing, child care, groceries, and utilities at various stations in the exhibit, which was held in Irvine, Californias Pretend City Childrens Museum.

In a letter thanking Debtmerica volunteers after the event, Orangewood volunteer services program manager Kristi Piatkowski – who had previously lauded the assistance of Debtmerica volunteers for their assistance at another event last year – said that the youth learned about money management through their workshops, and added that the volunteers were wonderful in making sure that the day was educational and fun!

Piatkowski also noted that without Debtmericas support, both financial and in-kind, the event would not have happened.

Harry Langenberg, one of the Managing Partners of Debtmerica, spoke on behalf of his team, we are very proud to be part of Orangewoods mission. Debtmerica is a big proponent of giving back to the Community where it can, and Orangewoods programs enable our entire staff to get involved and contribute to a wonderful cause.

The Orangewood Childrens Foundations goal is to help eliminate the neglect and abuse of children in Orange County, California. The foundation works to accomplish this on four main fronts: Strengthening families to prevent abuse from occurring in the first place, protecting children from abusive homes from physical and emotional violence, emancipating teens from abusive families, and promoting enhanced public awareness of the challenges faced by children raised in such damaging environments. This last goal has been the area in which important partners like Debtmerica have been able to do the most good for the foundations kids.

Debtmerica is a financial services company that provides assistance to families who are experiencing financial difficulties and hardship. Headquartered in Orange County, CA, Debtmerica focuses on negotiated debt settlement, a powerful debt relief option which helps clients get debt free and remain so. By actually reducing debt balances over the course of the program and providing an affordable monthly payment, consumers can experience lasting benefit to their financial well-being. Debtmerica was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in Orange County, CA, where it also was awarded for being the third Fastest Growing Company in 2009.


Funding Flexibility Helps Keep Florida Children Safe and Out of Foster Care — Children’s Home Society Recommends Expansion of Successful Model

Winter Park, FL (PRWEB) August 31, 2010

On behalf of the National Crittenton Foundation, Childrens Home Society of Florida (CHS) President and CEO David Bundy participated in a work session of the Senate Foster Care Caucus on August 27 to describe how Floridas flexible funding demonstration program has achieved record success in finding adoptive families for foster care children, while ensuring more children are kept safely with their own families and out of foster care. Without natural or adoptive families, foster youth who age out of care are less likely to earn high school diplomas or GEDs, and more likely to experience unemployment, homelessness, teen pregnancy or incarceration.

Based on Floridas success, Bundy recommends the extension of Florida’s critical, Title IV-E flexible funding beyond September 30, 2011, and the expansion of the flexible funding model so all states have the ability to implement the type of changes seen in Florida. Further, Bundy urges Congress to consider fundamental reform in the financing of child welfare through alignment of funding to reduce administrative costs and the replacement of eligibility linkages with funding based on a childs need. Additional recommendations include provision of technical assistance to states, creation of a clearinghouse for innovative practices and identification of new ways to increase flexibility in funding.

Foster care should be only a temporary protection for children and the ultimate goal must be stable, permanent homes for all children, Bundy said. Foster youth age out of care at age 18 in Florida and between 19 and 21 in other states We must raise awareness of and promote solutions for these older children who leave foster care and find themselves without support.

Since 1998, more than 200,000 young people nationwide have aged out of foster care. Many would have been able to stay safely with their own families had flexible funding existed to allow the delivery of services that specifically addressed their families’ challenges. Today, 463,000 children in America are in the foster care system.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu established the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth to provide a forum to increase awareness of foster care, generate ideas for preventing negative outcomes and create opportunities for success for older youth in foster care.

About Children’s Home Society of Florida

Created in 1902, Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) is the second-largest private not-for-profit in the United States and Canada accredited by the Council on Accreditation and is the oldest statewide provider of services to children and families in Florida. CHS services include foster care, adoption, child abuse prevention, emergency shelters, residential group homes, independent and transitional living for teens, parent education, counseling, mentoring, and treatment for developmentally disabled children.


Ecollective Easy E-Waste Recycling Helps Consumers Take It Back For Good

Santa Clara, CA (PRWEB) October 5, 2010

Consumers and businesses need an easy and convenient way to recycle their obsolete and unwanted electronics. Starting today, Californians have a convenient, safe and free way to recycle this e-waste, by turning to ecollective, a statewide network of drop-off locations that accept old TVs, monitors, computers, cell phones and other electronics for free.

Our consumer research showed us that the biggest barrier to recycling for most was time and proximity. So we set ourselves a goal: to establish an ecollective drop-off location within 10 miles of most households in America, said Jim Taggart, president of ECS Refining, the company that is behind the ecollective initiative. Ecollective locations are being added every day, and each location has to meet a strict set of criteria to become part of the program. By choosing to recycle your e-waste at any ecollective location you can be sure that any personal data on your computer or cell phone will be destroyed, and that all of your e-waste will be recycled properly.

How to find an ecollective drop-off location, and what to expect when you get there

Its easy: visit myecollective.com, enter your zip code, find your closest ecollective location, and then take it back for good. Once you get to your local ecollective, someone will help you get the e-waste out of your car if you need assistance. You may be asked to give some of your identification information (like your name, address and phone number) for state reporting and regulatory purposes only.

What to recycle, and why ecollective is good for the environment

The ecollective program is designed to take back most kinds of unwanted and obsolete electronics. If it plugs into the wall and you use it to communicate, gather information, store data, or enjoy media and entertainment, its probably part of our program. For a complete list: see this list of what we recycle. All ecollective drop-off locations send their e-waste to state-approved plants operated by ECS Refining, which uses advanced and environmentally friendly e-waste recycling procedures.

E-waste is a growing global problem that requires dependable, local solutions

It is estimated that the world generates almost 12 pounds for every man, woman and child on the planet. The Environmental Protection Agency has just added the disposal of e-waste to a list of the agencys top four environmental priorities, alongside issues such as climate change, air quality and access to clean water. And, each year, more states adopt legislation to help support recycling of this kind of material. ECS Refining, the company behind ecollective, sees this as an opportunity to work together to solve this international challenge by leveraging existing industry resources, fostering best practices, and employing public outreach and education.

How to connect with ecollective

For the nearest e-waste drop-off location, visit http://www.myecollective.com. Tell your family, neighbors, friends and workmates about ecollective through our Facebook and Twitter pages.

About ECS Refining

ECS Refining is a recycling and end-of-life services company specializing in electronics, industrial equipment and hazardous wastes. Utilizing a variety of approaches, including recovery and refining, asset management, and refurbishment and resale, we are dedicated to optimizing our services for a sustainable outcome. Because we work with such a wide variety of materials from hundreds of different sources, and have strong connections with partners both upstream and downstream, were adept at applying our skills and knowledge to formulate smart and planet-friendly solutions for our customers. Recycle responsibly. Recycle with ECS Refining. For more information about our operations and the latest news from ECS Refining, visit our website, blog, Facebook page, and Twitter page (@ecsrefining).