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Dr. Edward F. Dragan, Writer of Soon to be Published Book, ‘Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know,’ Addresses the Issue of School Bullying

Lambertville, NJ (PRWEB) April 19, 2007

Dr. Edward F. Dragan education expert and founder of Education Management Consulting, LLC recognizes the importance of cooperative efforts to prevent school bullying.

“All children are entitled to courteous and respectful treatment by students and staff at school. Educators have a duty to ensure that students have a safe learning environment,” says education expert and school liability consultant Dr. Dragan.

In American schools, more than 16 percent of students say that they have been bullied by other students during the 2000-2001 school year, according to a survey funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The study appears in the April 25, 2001 Journal of the American Medical Association.

In the U.S. many states are finally recognizing the urgent need to take a firm stand against bullying. In February 2007, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled students have the right to attend school without being subjected to repeated taunts from other children. The ruling makes school districts in that state responsible for stopping bias-based harassment. A school district may be found liable if it knew about a “hostile educational environment” and failed to take reasonable action to end it.

Eighteen additional states, Guam, and Puerto Rico have passed anti-bullying laws and require public schools to have an anti-bullying policy in place. These laws generally define harassment and bullying as any conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school environment. The list includes age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.

According to Dr. Dragan, “The key for the protection of both the victim and the school is that the school takes affirmative action whenever there is an observation or report of bullying.”

“Schools must have clear policies and procedures and train students and staff in the detection, reporting, and prevention of bullying. No amount of laws will stop the practice of bullying. Effectiveness is achieved when students, parents, teachers, and administrators join together to confront bullying and harassment. Each must take responsibility to take part to protect students and to make schools safe.”


Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D. is the founder of Education Management Consulting, LLC, providing consultation and education expert witness services to school administrators and attorneys on education-related issues including school management, safety, bullying, education law suits, and school risk assessments. His book, Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know, is scheduled for publication in 2007.

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Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D.

Education Management Consulting, LLC




New Book Teaches Kids the Importance of Eating their Veggies

Woodinville, Wash. (PRWEB) April 29, 2007

Teri Otwell’s new book Bubba and the Germ Army is an entertaining and vivid story about a young boy who refuses to eat the food he needs for good health, until he learns about the war going on inside his own body.

Every parent must endure the frequent battles of trying to get their children to eat healthily — in fact, sometimes, to eat anything at all! Parent and author Teri Otwell has experienced conflicts like this countless times. In her new book, Bubba and the Germ Army, she recounts the story of Bubba, a little boy who is sick yet still refuses to eat the foods that his body needs to recover. When Bubba falls asleep, he dreams of taking a trip inside his body, only to discover a massive war in progress.

During this dream, Bubba sees firsthand the pitched battles that take place between the evil germ army and the forces of good represented by his body’s immune system trying to protect his health. From this adventure, he learns the value of eating good food that will provide nourishment to help him overcome his illness and stay healthy. This fun and engaging story is ideal for parents to share with their children — especially before their kids dig in their heels and refuse to even try their vegetables.

“Otwell has written a charming book, one that should sit on the bookshelf in every house where a child resides.” – Ellen Tanner Marsh, New York Times best-selling author

For more information or to request a free review copy, please contact the author. Bubba and the Germ Army is available for sale online at Amazon.com, Borders.com, and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.

About the Author

Teri Otwell started writing short stories when she was only 12 years old, and she has continued to have an interest in writing and telling engaging stories to others. Her professional background is in instructional design. She is married and has three children.

About BookSurge

BookSurge LLC, an Amazon.com company, is a pioneer in self-publishing and print-on-demand services. Offering unique publishing opportunities and access for authors, BookSurge boasts an unprecedented number of authors whose work has resulted in book deals with traditional publishers as well as successful authorpreneurs who enhance or build a business from their professional expertise.


College Bedding for Campus-Bound Kids

Wilmette IL (PRWEB) July 24, 2007

This summer, as they open their housing packets and schedule their orientation sessions, college-bound students and their parents are discovering that their favorite sheets and blankets won’t fit on dorm room beds. Why? Nearly all colleges and universities have converted to the longer, Twin XL mattresses. Known as “college bedding size”, the twin extra long bedding size will be in demand throughout the United States.

The moms behind the hit college bedding retailer, Campusbedding.com has the solution. They are scoring high marks among the back-to-school crowd with their commitment to the idea that all college kids deserve the same sleeping comforts they have at home. Peggy Allen and Ronda Pierson are providing products that have become a fast favorite among students and their parents desperate to find quality bedding for the Twin XL beds that are a standard at colleges, universities and even prep schools.

Back-to-school spending ranks second only to the holiday season in retail sales. Almost 100% of online shoppers are motivated primarily by saving time and simplifying their lives. In addition, the majority of these shoppers are women and many are moms who appreciate the convenience of shopping on the internet as well as the ability to speak with another mom who understands their problems. When it comes to finding Twin XL for the college-bound child, Campusbedding.com is the solution.

Obsessed with high thread counts, hypoallergenic and all-natural feather and down products; Allen and Pierson designed exclusive products for their rapidly growing company. Twin XL sheets, Twin XL comforters and Twin XL mattress pads and Twin XL featherbeds are just some of the choices they offer. “Protection matters too,” says Pierson. “Several of our products provide a barrier against dust mites and bed bugs and relief from other allergens.” By working directly with leading manufacturers, Allen and Pierson ensure both high quality and low prices.

In addition, CampusBedding.com’s high standard for personalized customer service has helped spread the word among anxious moms who are overwhelmed with getting their oldest children off to college. As Allen says, “You can hear the relief in their voices when parents call and realize they’re talking to a mom who’s been there, can really help and, frankly, will really listen.” Campusbedding.com takes the stress out of searching for hard to find, high quality Twin XL bedding.

When kids get their college admissions acceptance letters, few realize they will also get a notice that their favorite sheets and blankets just won’t fit. Until CampusBedding.com came along, their only option was polyester-blend, rough, scratchy, low thread count sheets and blankets. “When my daughter’s college sent a flyer recommending low thread count polyester sheets, I knew we had a problem,” says Allen. “It was clear right away that someone needed to fix this.”

Allen and Pierson spent over a year developing the Campusbedding.com product line before launching their website. According to Pierson, “We know parents want their kids to have the same sleeping comforts as home. Parents want to feel good knowing their kids are settling into quality, all-natural cotton and down products and innovative down-free alternatives. We kept that in mind with each product we selected.”


Keeping Children Safe, Happy and Healthy on TV’s ‘Real Moms’! What Can Britney Spears Do To Prevent Losing Custody of Her Kids?

New York, New York (PRWEB) July 26, 2007

It is an all too common story: innocent children finding themselves in compromising situations and parents not having the proper tools to face these challenges. Celebrity mom, Britney Spears is often criticized for her parental techniques. And though no-one can totally protect their children from every emotional upset, accident or illness, preventative measures can be taken to minimize the kids’ suffering, nonetheless. The award-winning series Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy offers parents insightful solutions in this weeks’ episode with a segment entitled, “How to Keep Kids Healthy” and investigate the “Effects of Divorce on Families” in an upcoming episode.

“Divorce is supposed to be the second worst trauma to a child – second only to the death of a parent”. States Dr Laurie Zelinger, Child Psychologist. This may well be a trauma Britney’s children have to face. LA County Department of Children and Family Services was called to Spears’ house twice recently in a two week period. Although, a stalker was thought to make the calls, it did send an alert to soon-to-be ex-husband Kevin Federline. “Kevin is prepared to go the distance in order to do what he feels is necessary to protect and safeguard the children and will not be intimidated or dissuaded from pursuit of those goals,” said Michael Sands, spokesman for Federline’s attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan.

How to Keep Kids Healthy provides tips and advice on how to help parents take care of their kids’ health and prevent the spreading of germs. Dr. Lillian M. Beard, featured expert and Pediatrician, says there are many things that parents can do in order to keep their kids happy and healthy. Starting with Breastfeeding, keeping newborns away from colds, washing hands for at least 20 seconds and limiting direct contact when older siblings have sniffles and sneezes are all steps towards keeping children healthy.

Real Moms is bridging the gap between the experts’ knowledge and caring for young children in the hope of minimizing the factors that make children suffer unnecessarily.

“Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy” airs Nationally on PBS affiliate stations (check local listings) and in New York on WLIW, Channel 21: Fridays at 2:30 pm EST and Saturdays at 7:00AM EST.

About “Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy”

“Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy” is an award-winning series made for Public Television. The content spans from Pre-Conception to Pre-K for both new and expectant parents with important social, life-style and health and wellness information. The series is supported by a community website at http://www.realsavvymoms.com featuring blogs, forums videos and the highly popular “Ask an Expert” section.

The series is produced by Morphogenix, LLC. ‘An Evolution in Brand Communications’. http://www.mgxmedia.com


Dr. Edward F. Dragan, Author of the Soon to be Released Book, ‘Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Every Parent and Teacher Should Know,’ Comments on Keeping Students Safe

Lambertville, NJ (PRWEB) August 22, 2007

Dr. Edward F. Dragan, author of the soon to be released book, Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Every Parent and Teacher Should Know, comments on keeping our students safe. School safety and liability expert, Dr. Edward F. Dragan states, “Unnecessary risks in schools must be corrected, most importantly to protect the safety of students, faculty and support staff, but also to eliminate costly litigation and settlements. Implementing regular assessments of school safety policies and procedures can greatly reduce risks.”

Dr. Dragan remarks, “All too often we hear after the fact, ‘How did this accident happen?’ or ‘Could the school have prevented it?” “Unfortunately once the accident occurs; it is too late to ask these questions, a school’s risk management plan must be proactive to be effective.”

Our nation’s schools pay millions of dollars annually in damages to school children injured in class, sexually assaulted by teachers, and harassed by fellow students. New Jersey alone faced 381 suits-more than one case a day-representing a potential liability of over 500 million dollars. This total does not include cases filed in administrative court, which typically hear special education issues. Since most cases settle privately, the general public and even some education insiders are not aware of the scope of such liability.

The following three recent instances chronicle occurrences that could have been avoided had the schools developed a risk analysis plan identifying potential safety hazards, emphasizing accountability and establishing procedures for creating and maintaining a hazard free school.

A 1.7 million dollar verdict was awarded to a third-grade student told by her teacher to return a television cart with a television on its top shelf to the library. The cart fell, causing the television to strike the student, whose injury resulted in permanent brain damage. A federal court jury decided the school was partially liable for the accident due to the student’s lack of supervision. This unfortunate incident could have been prevented if teachers and administrators had assessed the risks of allowing young children to move such equipment.

A private settlement was reached in a similar case. A board of education paid $ 850,000 to a five year old student with autism who was seriously injured when a fifty pound television fell and struck him on the head. When evidence of inadequate supervision pointed to the school’s liability the case was settled.

The coach of a girl’s track team and a student who threw his javelin one more time after the coach announced practice was over both shared payment of a $ 300,000 settlement to a student who received permanent nerve damage and facial paralysis when the javelin struck her in the face. The coach was responsible for the students while they were using potentially dangerous equipment.

Most cases of school safety violations could be prevented through practice of proactive risk management. Teachers and administrators must scrutinize their procedures, equipment use and personal practices for ways to ensure the safety of everyone concerned. Schools must follow risk management guidelines to improve overall school safety and to eliminate the high costs of accident related litigation. Although insurance companies usually pay these settlements, schools and taxpayers will ultimately have the burden of higher taxes and insurance premiums.

Dr. Dragan comments, “School administrators must develop a systematic procedure for inspecting school premises and reviewing safety procedures for evidence of potential risks. An inspection log should be established to record potential risks along with the remedial action taken to eliminate the unsafe hazard or procedure.”

In addition, Dr. Dragan suggests the following risk management guidelines to maximize school safety and security. “School administrators should assess potential risk related to all equipment in proximity or accessible to students. A safety handbook that details procedures for supervising students in all school areas should be established.”

“Administrators need to conduct in-service training and review of first-aid practices, crisis response strategies, school evacuation drills, and alternative communication methods to use, if warranted, during potential crises.”

Dr. Dragan also remarks, “Each faculty member must be aware of their specific responsibilities related to safety and should have prioritized action system available to them to effect needed safety corrections in a timely matter. Administrators need to model and emphasize personal accountability and commitment to create and maintain school safety and security procedures.”

“School administrators who demonstrate a proactive commitment to safeguarding the welfare of students, faculty members and support staff will produce safe and secure school campuses and climates which will reduce potential school liability.”


Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D. is the founder of Education Management Consulting, LLC, providing consultation to school administrators and education expert witness services to attorneys on education-related issues including school management, safety, bullying, sexual harassment, child custody, and special education . His book, Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Every Parent and Teacher Should Know, is scheduled for publication in 2008.

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Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D.

Education Management Consulting, LLC




Holiday Wishes Come True for Kids of Stanford Home

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) January 11, 2008

Hundreds of Sacramento children and families had a brighter holiday season due to some spirited holiday givers. Each year Stanford Home for Children receives hundreds of requests for holiday help from its clients. From gifts to holiday trees and meals, kind-hearted Sacramento area businesses and individuals ensure that the children and families served by Stanford Home have a happy and healthy holiday season each year.

“It was amazing to see the generosity of our community,” said Keith Diederich, Executive Director of Stanford Home for Children. “Sometimes I don’t know who enjoys the program more, our clients or our donors.”

Thousands of gifts were donated this year and subsequently gift wrapped by an army of over one hundred volunteers, including Assemblyman Roger Niello and the Sacramento Kings Dancers. Each year a warehouse at McClellan Business Park is donated and turned into a virtual winter wonderland where the process is carried out. “You should see the children’s faces when we deliver these gifts,” said Patrica Gooden of Stanford Home’s Community Protection & Treatment Program. “Their smiles light up the entire room.”

Without the generosity of the donors of Stanford Home for Children, many of these families would go without holiday cheer. Stanford Home donors also provide vital funds for programs that provide vocational services to children aging out of the foster care system, as well as find safe, biological family for children lost in the child welfare system.

About Stanford Home for Children

Stanford Home for Children leads our community in providing alternatives to institutional care for youth: the best solution to supporting families in turmoil. Through family centered practices, we connect and strengthen families, so that every child can thrive. For more than 100 years, Stanford Home’s mission has been to provide innovative care and support to strengthen children and families so that they may define their own dreams, overcome their challenges, and thrive in the future.

Protecting the Kids With New Child Protective Devices

Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 6, 2008

Parents’ concern for their children’s safety has both shifted and intensified, and that is leading to the creation of monitoring and tracking tools that are increasingly sophisticated, according to a new report from the futurist research and consulting firm Social Technologies.

“The growing trend of ‘helicopter parenting’ is fueling this development,” explains senior analyst Kevin Osborn. “It is characterized by micromanagement of kids from birth to college–and beyond–and carries the message that unwatchful parents are bad parents.”

The rise of social networking sites that virtually link tens of millions of kids, teens, and college students to each other is viewed by parents as another source of bad influence–and potential abuse, Osborn adds, noting that exposure to computers is occurring at increasingly younger ages.

Fortunately, concerned parents can breathe a sigh of relief.

“While developments in information technology fuel new fears, they are also providing a stream of new products designed specifically to alleviate parental concerns,” Osborn explains. “Parents can now monitor a child’s activities with everything from toys to mobile phones.”

In the Drivers Seat

The decreasing cost of sensor technology, and advances in sensing and virtual interaction technology, is helping this new generation of tech- and Internet-savvy parents.

Osborn forecasts, “These new products will significantly expand the monitoring and tracking capabilities of parents, enabling them to keep track of whom their kids meet online, monitor their kids’ movements and location, and keep tabs on their behavior and lifestyle.”

Here’s How

Monitoring virtual interactions. Parental fear of social networking is so strong that a new genre of websites has sprung up around the idea of safe networking.
“With names like WeeWorld and Stardoll, these sites are specifically targeting eight- to 14-year-olds and millions of users are flocking to them,” Osborn says, adding that behind the colorful graphics and cute characters, these sites employ high-powered content filters aimed at blocking any suggestive language or exchanges of contact information.

Some sites even have meta-accounts for parents, allowing them the final say over whom their child may add to a virtual friend list.

Monitoring physical location. Driven by advances in sensors and the proliferation of GPS, RFID, and mobile phones, parents can also keep track of their children’s physical location. “New gadgets with GPS trackers are being built into wristwatches and running shoes, and in some cases they also include panic buttons that send alerts to law enforcement officials,” Osborn explains. “Mobile phones have also become an important tracking tool. About 70% of teenagers have a mobile phone, and a product called Guardian Angel allows parents to program routes into it. For instance, if a parent wants to ensure a teen stays on the straight and narrow path to school, her cell phone monitors whether she stays on the pre-programmed path.” What if the child strays? Osborn says parents know because they receive an alert–and can contact the child–should the monitor indicate the child has gone off-course.
Monitoring behavior. Increasingly, helicopter-parenting tendencies have also spurred demand for products that monitor most aspects of a child’s life–from eating to driving.

Consider the “cafeteria police.”

“A website called mealpay.com was originally conceived as an expedited way of paying for school lunches, eliminating the problems of lost or stolen lunch money,” Osborn explains. “However, due to consistent parental inquiries about what their children were eating, the manufacturer introduced an option in 2005 that allows parents to monitor online–or even proscribe limits on–all of a child’s lunch purchases.”

Edline is another service enabling new levels of educational micromanagement, Osborn notes. “It provides parents with comprehensive grade readouts–down to the smallest quiz–along with information on class attendance, daily subject matter, and pending assignments.”

Business Implications

As sophisticated kid monitors become mainstream, will more parents feel that continuous monitoring is part and parcel of being a good parent? “I’d venture to say yes,” Osborn forecasts, “and thus the demand for child safety and monitoring services will increase.”

Here are few of the devices that may be arriving soon:

Subcutaneous devices. Technological advances in this area could allow for a whole new range of tracking products, creating demand for sensing implants and environmental scanners.
Optimized parent guides. Continuous child monitoring may enable companies to offer data-driven products that analyze the detailed statistics collected by monitoring devices and provide personalized recommendations to help “improve” children.
Personal freedom products. Aimed at helping young adults dodge monitoring by overzealous parents, this could emerge as a new growth market.

Learn More

What are some other potential outcomes of these innovations? To find out more, set up an interview with Kevin Osborn. Contact Hope Gibbs, Social Technologies’ Leader of Corporate Communications: hope.gibbs @ socialtechnologies.com.

About Kevin Osborn

An award-winning author and editor, Kevin Osborn is one of Social Technologies’ senior writers/analysts. He has contributed briefs on a wide range of business and lifestyle topics to the firm’s multiclient projects, as well as performing custom writing and analysis work for individual clients. A generalist by inclination, Osborn authored, co-authored, or ghostwrote more than 40 books as an independent writer for top US publishers before joining Social Technologies, including: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Bringing Up Baby (Macmillan, 1997; 2006), The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Classical Mythology (Macmillan, 1998; 2004), and The Encyclopedia of American Sports Heroes (Scholastic, 1996). Areas of expertise: Boomers/Gen X/Gen Y, China and Chinese consumers, the future of parenting and kids.

About Social Technologies

Social Technologies is a global research and consulting firm specializing in the integration of foresight, strategy, and innovation. With offices in Washington DC, London, and Shanghai, Social Technologies serves the world’s leading companies, government agencies, and nonprofits. A holistic, long-term perspective combined with actionable business solutions helps clients mitigate risk, make the most of opportunities, and enrich decision-making. For information visit http://www.socialtechnologies.com, their blog at http://changewaves.socialtechnologies.com, and their newsletter: http://www.socialtechnologies.com/changewaves.


According to Arizona’s Office of Oral Health, Common Parenting Practice Could Endanger Kids’ Teeth

Glendale, AZ (PRWEB) February 7, 2008

Anyone who has experienced parenthood knows how a well-timed sippy cup of juice can save the day — or night. But the same things that soothe and comfort might also bring about oral health problems later in life.

A significant concern to dentists is the practice of giving children juice or milk in a bottle or sippy cup to sip on throughout the day or at bedtime. Prolonged exposure to the sugars found in milk and juice contribute to tooth decay and a condition known as baby bottle tooth decay, a painful and damaging consequence for young children to endure.

February is National Children’s Oral Health Month

This is a great time to remind parents what they can do to prevent cavities. “Some people think it’s not a big deal for a young child to get a cavity or lose a baby tooth since these primary teeth eventually fall out anyway,” said Jerry Denning, DDS, dental consultant for Delta Dental of Arizona. “However, maintaining healthy baby teeth is extremely important for the long-term health of permanent teeth. When baby teeth are damaged by decay, it can affect nutrition, speech development and self-esteem, and can cause problems with spacing as permanent teeth grow in.”

According to Arizona’s Office of Oral Health, tooth decay is the most common childhood disorder affecting Arizona children, with 34% having some form of tooth decay by the age of three. Recent research demonstrates this burden is distributed unevenly, affecting more Arizona children from low-income families, children without dental insurance and children of important cultural groups such as Native Americans and Hispanics.

First Dental Visit by Age One

In order to combat and prevent dental decay, RaNee Toscano, R.D. H., and Acting Chief of the Arizona State Department of Health Services – Office of Oral Health stresses the importance of parents starting early, “Seeing a dentist by age one or when your child’s first tooth erupts is critical to their long-term health and well being.” Prevention is the key to maintaining healthy teeth. There are several things parents can do to protect their child’s primary teeth: Don’t put your child to sleep with a bottle or sippy cup. Maintain a balanced healthy diet low in sugary and starchy foods is important. Get fluoride varnish treatments if your child is at risk for decay or sealants once their molars erupt. Promote brushing twice a day and visit the dentist twice a year.

Prevention based strategies are the focus of the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation where grants are targeted to programs providing fluoride varnish treatments for young children at risk for cavities. School age children without dental insurance can receive dental screenings and sealants as part of school-based services. In the past ten years, the Foundation has given back more than $ 2 million to the community to combat oral disease in Arizona. For more information on the Foundation, please visit http://www.deltadentalaz.com/foundation.

About Delta Dental of Arizona

Delta Dental of Arizona is the leading dental benefits provider in Arizona with the largest network of 2,800 dentists, servicing more than 4,500 locations. Passionate about oral health and its importance to generations of families, Delta Dental of Arizona has worked for 35 years to improve oral health by emphasizing preventative care and making dental coverage accessible for a wide variety of employers, groups and individuals. Delta Dental of Arizona, in partnership with EyeMed, introduces DeltaVision, quality vision insurance plans that make maintaining healthy eyesight affordable. Quality dental, vision and FSA benefits are now available from a single, trusted source. For more information about Delta Dental of Arizona, please visit the website at http://www.deltadentalaz.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.

Verizon Wireless and Verizon Fios Sponsor McGruff Safe Kids Total ID Events To Help Raise Safety Awareness and Protect Children in Their Communities

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