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

Dublin, Ireland (PRWEB) May 26, 2008

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

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

InstantAmber Promotion for National Missing Children’s Day

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 20, 2009

InstantAmber (http://www.instantamber.com) will significantly reduce its membership price in acknowledgement of National Missing Children’s Day, which is May 25, 2009. InstantAmber wants to make sure that every parent, grandparent, etc. can easily buy a membership on this important date.

According to The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, there were several high profile missing children cases between 1979 and 1981. The tragedies of these cases exposed a flaw-there was no coordinated effort between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and a lack of a central resource to help searching families. The disappearances of Etan Patz, Adam Walsh and 29 other missing and murdered children of Atlanta led to photographs of missing children on milk cartons. Finally, the missing child epidemic became a national movement.

In 1982, The Missing Children Act was the first Federal law to address this issue. The act authorized the entry of missing children reports into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database. Then in 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed National Missing Children’s Day. A year later, the Missing Children’s Assistance Act established OJJDP’s Missing and Exploited Children’s Program.

Since then, too many children have gone missing. This national day of awareness should remind parents that all should have a plan. Basic information, online habits, photographs, medical information, etc should be available in an instant. InstantAmber ensures that the information needed by law enforcement in a missing child emergency is available at anytime, from anywhere. With InstantAmber, a parent has taken the necessary steps to prepare for a missing child emergency.

InstantAmber is dedicated to ensuring that parents have a plan in case the unthinkable occurs. During the week of May 25th, InstantAmber will reduce its membership price to $ 10.00/child for new members only. Please visit http://www.instantamber.com to signup today. A promo code will ensure that new members receive the discount. It can be used through May 31; please enter it for each child you would like to protect. Promo Code: Missing

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 us at http://www.InstantAmber.com.

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Washoe County Sheriffs Office Partners with AlertID to Protect Missing and Injured Children

Reno, NV (PRWEB) June 2, 2010

Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley announced a partnership with AlertID to protect missing and injured children. In an emergency, AlertID will enable the Sheriffs Office to instantly access vital information in order to protect children.

Traditionally the Sheriffs office has encouraged parents to use Child ID kits and fingerprinting. This new system is the first of its kind and goes far beyond identifying a child after there is a problem. It enables the Sheriffs Department to find and protect a child before there is a problem. Parents enter their childs photo, profile and basic health information into a secure portal. This information is then available to emergency services instantly.

Mike Haley, Sheriff of Washoe County had this to say, We are very excited to take protecting children to a whole new level. With this new technology, we are able to begin protecting children the moment a child is reported missing. My officers in the field can have critical information in seconds rather than what used to take hours. In the case of a missing child, the first hour is the most critical. We are encouraging every parent in Washoe County to sign-up for this free service.

AlertID is the first online 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 instantly 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.

AlertID is launching nationally this summer through the global efforts of companies like AT&T and Overstock.com. AlertIDs goal is to protect 1 million families this year.

AlertIDs co-founder, Eve Fritsche states, Although we are supported and distributed on a national basis, we are especially pleased to protect children in our home state. We appreciate Sheriff Haleys passion for protecting children in Washoe County. AlertIDs founders, Eve Fritsche and Keli Wilson are Nevada natives and live in Washoe County.

Parents can sign up for free at AlertID.com

If your organization or law enforcement group would like to help get parents signed up, please contact Keli

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ING Survey: Finds Many Americans Missing Opportunity to Maximize the Value of Workplace Retirement Plans


Atlanta, GA (Vocus) November 9, 2010

Preparing for retirement is like training for a marathon. It takes dedication, determination and a long-term commitment, along with the right support and resources to complete the race. The ING family of companies in the U.S. (ING), today released the results of a nationwide survey of retirement plan participants that underscores how Americans are at a disadvantage when it comes to their own financial marathon.


Research Reveals Most Workers Under-Estimate the Potential Long-Term Power of a Modest Retirement Raise as They Save for Retirement
Nearly 6 in 10 Say They Could Increase Their Annual Contribution Rate Today by Up to 3% of Salary
More than 1 in 5 Set Contribution Rate Based on Gut Feel
ING Rolls Out Easy-to-Use Contribution Rate Calculator to Encourage Greater Retirement Savings

The survey, commissioned by the ING Retirement Research Institute, confirmed that employer-sponsored retirement plans are incredibly important to the workers who participate in them, but most are not maximizing the savings power of these plans to their full potential. The research found that plan investors often fail to recognize the potential long-term benefits that even a small contribution rate increase can produce in helping them successfully reach their retirement goals.

Americans Admit They Can, Should Be Saving More

INGs survey clearly indicates that Americans know they are responsible for their retirement, and admit they could be saving more.

According to the findings, a majority of workers (87%) said they could be saving more in their employer-sponsored retirement plan, a savings vehicle they deem critically important to reaching a secure retirement and the foundation of most their retirement savings strategy. In fact, of the 1,000 workplace retirement plan participants surveyed, nearly two-thirds (64%) said their employer-sponsored retirement plan accounts for all or most of their retirement portfolio. However, many participants are not stretching to maximize their contributions when they can. Moreover, they tend to rely on guesswork when setting contribution levels, and dont fully understand the importance and long-term impact of small increases in contribution rates.

Americans today understand that they shoulder a greater responsibility for securing their own retirement, said Rob Leary, CEO, ING Insurance U.S. They also recognize that an employer-sponsored retirement plan is the cornerstone of their efforts to save for retirement. Still, the issue for many workers, made even more urgent in shaky economic times and an era of volatile equity markets, is scrubbing household budgets and, when possible, finding more dollars to save for retirement. Being cost-conscious is certainly important and prudent, but at the same time, people must also find ways to contribute more into their retirement accounts.

And its not like theyre confident in the future of Social Security. In fact, more respondents (51%) think its more likely that scientists will clone dinosaurs in their lifetime than it is that Congress will save Social Security, and 77% of those with kids at home say their child is more likely to catch a foul ball in the seats at a baseball game than cash a Social Security check.

INGs findings suggest that even though workers may acknowledge the retirement saving challenge, it has not necessarily resulted in better saving behaviors, at least not in their employer-sponsored retirement plans. Of those participants not contributing the maximum to their retirement plan, an overwhelming majority (87%) admitted they could afford to increase their annual contribution by 1% of their annual salary; almost six in ten (59%) said they could up their contribution by 3% of salary; and nearly one third (32%) said they could afford a 5% increase.

The irony is that Americans love raises, Leary said. In our survey, most respondents (76%) would prefer even just a slight raise over a shorter commute to work. We recognize that the current economic environment is challenging for most everyone and robust salary increases are currently not the norm; nevertheless, Americans cannot delay giving themselves a retirement raise. A modest increase in your workplace retirement plan contribution rate can go a long way toward ensuring a more financially secure retirement.

Most Workers Overlook Long-Term Impact of Modest Contribution Rate Increases

INGs survey also indicated that plan participants lacked a clear understanding of contribution rates and the lifetime value of even small increases.

In fact, for many workers, setting workplace retirement plan contribution rates appeared to be either a guess or a back-of-the-envelope calculation. Very few of those surveyed consulted outside resources in determining their contribution levels. Nearly two-thirds (65%) determined their contribution rate themselves, and one in five (21%) said they go by gut feeling.

When asked to estimate the lifetime value of a 2% increase in their contribution rate, only a small percentage could even come close. More often, people miscalculated. Forty percent of respondents underestimated by 50% or more and just about a third (32%) over-estimated by 50% or more.

After choosing to participate in the plan, the most important decision workers make is setting their contribution rate each year, said Catherine Smith, CEO, ING U.S. Retirement Services. However, for too many, participation and contribution rate elections are just another box to check. We need to be more deliberate and take the time to consider things like tax impact, compounding, and the effects of employer matches in making these elections.

Employer-Sponsored Plans the Cornerstone of Retirement Savings

For most Americans, understanding and maximizing the use of workplace retirement plans is critical since these plans are not only the cornerstone of their retirement portfolios, but the main vehicle through which they are exposed to and learn about investing.

Nearly half of the plan participants polled (44%) admitted that if they didnt have a retirement plan at work, they probably wouldnt be saving for retirement at all. In fact, most respondents (58%) said their employer-sponsored retirement account (401(k), 403(b), or 457) was their first investment and over half (52%) said their plan was the main place they learned about investing.

In addition to offering entry to the investing world, many respondents said that their workplace retirement plan continues to provide critical investment knowledge and insight. Better than two out of five (42%) said all or most of their investment knowledge comes from managing their employer-sponsored retirement account.

They also gave overwhelming credit to their employer for putting them on the right path. In fact, those polled cited their employers as having the most influence in getting them to start saving for retirement, followed by family and friends. Moreover, their employer match was cited by most participants as the most important reason they contribute to their workplace plan. Still, there is clearly room for progress. Over half (55%) agreed that if their employer provided them with more detailed education, they might contribute more to their plan. In fact, better than 7 in 10 (72%) wished their company customized information for their personal situation.

For many working Americans, an employer-sponsored retirement plan isnt simply a stepping stone into the investment world, its the foundation for their future investing education and financial decision-making, said Smith. The lessons learned in managing a workplace retirement plan are critical, and they can make the difference between a long and comfortable retirement and a retirement that falls well short of their dreams and goals.

ING Retirement Contribution Rate Calculator

Honoring National Missing Childrens Day 28th Year, Wave Technology Group and Child Watch of North America launch free iPhone Photo ID Card App

Chicago, IL/Orlando, FL (PRWEB) May 25, 2011

Wave Technology Group and Child Watch of North America are proud to launch a free iPhone mobile application today, on National Missing Childrens Day. Mayday is a must have family safety application for the iPhone to assist you in the unfortunate event your loved one goes missing. The application provides functionality to enhance family preparedness in the event a family member is displaced.

The Mayday application is distributed free of charge and has an electronic identification card which is displayed on your iPhone along with information about your child or other family member which may be important to emergency management services in the event they are engaged. An additional feature of the Mayday application is that you may email the electronic id with a simple touch of a button and an email address.

Sam Cinquegrani, CEO and founder, Wave Technology Group states: “I am very excited about the opportunity of creating an application that makes children safe and promotes family safety preparedness. Every day more than 2300 people including children go missing. Our goal is to leverage mobile technology to make a difference in this chronic problem and safeguard families susceptible to this unfortunate situation. We are already working on the Android and other smartphone releases of Mayday.”

The Wave Technology Group and Child Watch alliance is a natural fit. Statistics show that once a child has gone missing, it is the first three hours that are the most critical for successful rescue. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has stated that a current photo is the single most important tool in the rescue of a missing child.

The combination of Wave Technology Groups experience building mobile technology applications and Child Watch of North Americas experience in the area of assisting parents with safety preparedness, it is our joint mission to provide technology tools to help families better engage in creating family safety protocols to ensure the safety of their loved ones. With mobile technology making everyone in the family more independent but also connected, it is our belief families creating a Mayday Family Safety Mobile Plan will enhance both guardians and law enforcements ability to deal with missing children or persons in an expedited fashion.

Don Wood, Founder, Child Watch of North America: “For over 19 years we have been assisting parents to protect their children through the distribution of our KIDGUARD Safety Program and provided millions of free print Photo ID cards all across the United States and to over 40 countries around the world. Today we are very proud, through the Mayday Alliance with Wave Technology Group, to offer the smartphone generation photo ID. The staff and management at Wave Technology Group have really understood the importance behind updating photo identification creation and provided the technology and expertise to make this a reality, we cant thank them enough. Now parents can have an electronic photo ID on their iPhone which provides more options in times of emergencies by being able to update identification cards with current photos instantly or email to law enforcement or caregivers as well as to a computer nearby to print for posters during a search. Time is the most crucial resource when a child or person goes missing. Parents are always looking for ways to protect their children. The free Mayday app will be an essential tool in the search and rescue process.”

Mayday is for all family members as mishaps or criminal foul play does not discriminate. Mayday digital Photo IDs can assist families with repeat runaway juveniles, relatives who suffer memory loss from dementia or from other mental disorders/illnesses.

About The Mayday Alliance Founders:

Wave Technology Group: “Setting the motion in mobile life”

Wave Technology Group is a mobile solutions firm focused on transforming life through technology innovations. Wave Technology Group designs, develops and deploys custom software solutions and products for the mobile user community. Wave Technology inherits its capabilities from many years of experience building large complex systems for the enterprise. Wave Technology Group has developed a focus in creating applications that change our lives using the mobile platform as an instrument for change. Wave Technology Group is currently designing and developing systems within the mobile health arena and will be delivering monitoring capabilities to the public, using mass technology and bringing down costly barriers to achieve quality healthcare for all. http://www.wavetechnologygroup.net

Child Watch of North America: Keeping our children safe since 1993

Child Watch of North America is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the prevention and recovery of missing, abused, and exploited children. Since 1993, Child Watch Investigators have assisted in the recovery of over 215 missing children. We work with local and national law enforcement agencies and have been recognized as a critical resource in the recovery effort. Child Watch has always believed that education is an essential element in keeping our children safe. Providing awareness and safety education to children, teens, pre-teens, and parents is the foundation for our goal to prevent abductions and victimization. http://www.childwatch.org

Press Contact for Mayday Alliance Founders:

Wave Technology Group / Child Watch of North America

Jennifer Massing, Massing PR, LLC, +917-293-2405, jenm(at)massingpr(dot)com,

http://www.massingpr.com

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Vigilant Solutions Donates its Services to National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Livermore, CA (PRWEB) December 19, 2012

Vigilant Solutions announces today it will donate its services to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to locate vehicles of interest in missing child and non-compliant sex offender cases in order to provide that information to investigating law enforcement agencies.

Vigilant Solutions owns and operates the National Vehicle Location Service (NVLS), the largest license plate recognition (LPR) data sharing initiative in North America. Housing over 1 billion LPR records, and growing at roughly 40 million new records each month, NVLS is hosted in a secure data center and made available exclusively to law enforcement agencies as an investigative tool. Vigilants LPR products have aided in the successful resolution of many active cases including homicides, terrorist plots, rapes, identity theft, child abductions, and much more.

NCMEC has queried Vigilants database over 15,000 times in the past year to assist law enforcement as they search for vehicles involved in missing child cases or noncompliant sex offender investigations.

The donation from Vigilant Solutions is greatly appreciated, said Bud Gaylord, executive director of the Case Analysis Division at NCMEC. Their service is a very useful tool in our efforts to respond to law enforcement requests for assistance.

Test Could Be Missing Link In Background Checks


Jacksonville Beach, FL (PRWEB) July 19, 2013

Donald J. Dymer, president and chief executive officer of SingleSource Services background screening corporation, is sharing a recently featured television segment that was broadcast on WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida. Dymer appeared in the segment and talked with television reporter Vic Micolucci about the importance of background screening and an important assessment tool that might hold the key to helping to keep children safe from sexual predators. Dymer explained, “The segment* was prepared by Vic Micolucci, general assignment reporter, WJXT and aired in July.”

“The segment aired on July 1, 2013, and we are still receiving a lot of good feedback and inquiries,” notes Dymer. “Reporter Vic Micolucci talked to me, he spoke to doctors and he spoke to a group here in Jacksonville, Florida utilizing the test,” explained Dymer. According to Micolucci, “it’s a topic many people don’t want to talk about, but experts say all parents should be aware of — child sexual abuse. High-profile cases like that of Jerry Sandusky, the Penn State assistant football coach convicted of molesting at least eight boys, have recently brought more attention to the problem. But experts say children are being molested right here in Jacksonville much more than most would think.

More Than 2,000 Children Missing Each Day, and MemorableGifts.com Wants to Help Keep Your Child Safe


Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) September 10, 2013

The lunches have been packed, new clothes have been purchased, and your child is excited to go back to school to show off their new personalized backpack. Personalized backpacks may be adorable, but there is a danger involved having your child walk around with their name embroidered for all to see. MemorableGifts.com has taken steps to help assure the safety of kids by choosing not to sell personalized school supplies. The popularity of the personalized backpacks is growing not just because of how cute they are, but also because kids are known for losing stuff.

According to the National Retail Federations 2013 Back-to-School Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, 80% of school supplies that parents buy for their kids will get lost. Getting your childs name embroidered on their school supplies is one way to reassure that your childs belonging will be returned to them, but there are safer alternatives. MemorableGifts.com suggests putting a label on the inside of the backpack or personalizing it with a fun keychain.

There is nothing more important in the world than the safety of our children, Raffi Dermenjian CEO of Memorablegifts.com states, We decided not to sell personalized school supplies, even though they have become very popular recently and many retailers have been aggressively marketing them.” It’s important to take some time and teach your kids some helpful safety tips. Putting your child’s name on their backpack for everyone to see can make your child an easy target for predators. Teach your child not to trust anyone they don’t know, even if that stranger knows their name. Also, stress the importance to your child to never go anywhere with someone that they don’t know, even if the stranger says, “Your mother asked me to pick you up.”

Raffi Dermenjian, CEO of MemorableGifts.com further stated, We looked at the U.S. Department of Justice Statistics and it show that children are easy targets, reporting an astonishing average of 2,185 children missing each day. So no matter how many times you tell your child to be safe and never talk to strangers, children still tend to trust adults who know their names. That is why MemorableGifts.com has made the decision not to sell personalized school supplies. We hope that other retailers will get this message and follow our lead, to help protect the identity of our children.

About MemorableGifts.com:

MemorableGifts.com is a leader in unique, personalized, engraved gifts for a variety of occasions including weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations and holidays. The company was founded in 1999 by Raffi Dermenjian and has become known throughout the world for its excellent customer service and quality products. Visit memorablegifts.com today.