Redwood City, CA (Vocus) May 19, 2009
Education.com , a leading web destination for parents of school-aged children, today announced partnerships with some of the nation’s leading family-focused, not-for-profit organizations. In teaming up with organizations like the Autism Society of America (ASA) , Boys Town National Hotline, Hand in Hand Parenting , the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) , and PBS Parents , Education.com has increased its capacity to provide information, ideas, and inspiration to help parents effectively address the unique educational and developmental needs of their children.
“Many parents agree with President Obama and Secretary of Education Duncan that responsibility for our children’s education must begin at home,” commented Education.com CEO Dr. Ronald Fortune. “However it’s not always obvious to parents how they should get involved. Education.com and our partners are committed to making sure that all parents can easily access the resources they need to be active and effective participants in the education of their children.” Fortune noted that Education.com leverages the expertise of its not-for-profit partners in a number of innovative ways.
In addition to creating its own content, Education.com acquires original articles from partner organizations. Before being published to the site, all articles must receive Education.com’s stamp of approval to indicate that the content is evidence based, credible, timely, and easy to understand. NCLD, an organization that provides information, promotes research and programs, and advocates for policies, and PBS Parents, PBS’s online resource, have contributed hundreds of articles to Education.com’s information centers.
In addition to contributing articles to Education.com, the Autism Society of America, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, will also serve as Guest Editor of an upcoming Education.com Special Edition on Asperger’s Syndrome. The Asperger’s Special Edition will give readers access to the latest information on Asperger’s Syndrome along with original articles from world experts and educators.
Boys Town National Hotline and Hand in Hand Parenting, an organization devoted to helping parents acquire the skills they need to build and rebuild close connections with their children, both participate as experts in Education.com’s new question-and-answer resource, JustAsk. Ginny Gohr, Director of the Boys Town National Hotline explains her organization’s interest in contributing to JustAsk, “Over the past two decades, Boys Town has had the privilege of helping millions of parents who have made calls to our hotline. We’re really excited to participate as Education.com JustAsk experts because now, with hundreds or thousands of parents reading each answer, we’re able to provide more parents with the high-quality advice and support they need.”
Education.com’s Fortune notes the importance of these organizations’ contributions “We believe all parents want to do what’s best for their children. We’re here to provide world-class information, resources, ideas, and inspiration to help parents get involved, stay involved, and be powerful advocates for their children’s education. No organization on its own could generate the volume of credible resources required to meet the incredibly diverse needs of parents, so we’re thrilled to partner with the leading experts in each topic who can help us get parents what they need.”
About Education.com: From kindergarten readiness to college prep, Education.com is the leading destination for involved parents. More than a million parents a month come to Education.com to get the information they need to support their children’s unique educational and developmental needs, and to find ideas for how to make learning more fun. The company has teamed up with leading universities, nonprofits, and research organizations to offer highly credible parenting, developmental, and educational information. The site also offers printable activities, community resources, access to best-of-breed educational services, and SchoolFinder – a tool that gives parents comprehensive data on the nation’s 125,000 public, private and charter schools. Education.com was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Redwood City, CA. The company is backed by leading venture capital firms, Azure Capital Partners, TeleSoft Partners, and California Technology Ventures. For more information, please visit http://www.education.com.
About ASA: ASA, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. For more information, visit http://www.autism-society.org.
About Boys Town National Hotline: The Boys Town National Hotline was established in 1989 and answers nearly 175,000 calls for help every year. A service provided by Boys Town, founded in 1917 by Father Edward Flanagan, offers trained, professional counselors to callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Callers problems range from relationship and parental discipline issues to depression and suicide. In crisis situations, counselors assist callers and provide community resources and emergency intervention. The Hotline provides referrals to agencies throughout the United States and responds to anyone in need of assistance, with a special focus on children and families. Anyone in a crisis situation, especially children and families, can call 800.448.3000 for help anytime. For more information visit http://www.boystown.org/hotline.
About Hand in Hand Parenting: Hand in Hand (formerly Parents Leadership Institute) helps parents acquire the skills they need to build and rebuild close connections with their children. We also encourage parents to build close connections with other parents, so they are able to learn and share with others, and work together to build a healthier community. For more information, please visit http://www.handinhandparenting.org/.
About National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD): NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilities; promotes research and programs to foster effective learning; and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. For more information about NCLD, please visit http://www.LD.org.
New York (PRWEB) June 30, 2009
GEMS: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, the nation’s largest survivor-led organization serving American girls and young women who have experienced sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, is joining forces with Beyonc
Austin, TX (PRWEB) April 28, 2010
The Austin Chapter of the National Charity League (NCL) is proud to announce today that its members have contributed more than 9,000 hours to local philanthropies during the most recent NCL calendar year, which ended March 31. A national-nonprofit group, NCL brings together mothers, referred to as Patronesses, and daughters grades 7-12, referred to as Ticktockers, committed to leadership development and training, and building cultural awareness through community service on a local level.
This announcement follows the chapter Ticktocker Awards Ceremony, which was held this past Saturday, April 25, honoring the time and effort donated by all current ticktockers, and welcoming 32 new members into the chapter as the Class of 2016. The Ticktocker Class of 2010 consists of twenty-one young women who collectively served over 4,300 hours benefiting 26 different Austin-area philanthropies over the course of their six years with the Austin Chapter.
And the future looks even brighter for the Austin NCL with this past years 9th graders, Class of 2013, contributing the highest total charity hours in the year, at over 1,000. As these girls complete their next 3 years of high school, their community service contributions will benefit the entire Austin area.
We are so proud of our girls, and the overall mission of NCL, said Lisa Sikora, NCL Austin President. This has been a great year, very rewarding for local philanthropies, but equally so for our mothers and daughters.
Im proud to have been part of NCL these past years and look forward to the next two. I really believe in giving back to the community, taking time to help those in need. Its even better that I get to do this good work along side my Mom said Sarah Brown, Westlake High School sophomore, who received this years Merci Award, given to the Ticktocker with the highest philanthropy hour count for the year. Sarah contributed a total of 207 community service hours in the past year.
Throughout the year the chapter hosts programs, presentations and field trips for the members with the goal of providing opportunities for the girls to learn the beauty of giving of themselves to others; to develop and practice leadership and social skills within their peer groups; and to have an awareness and appreciation of the various forms of culture in the community. Two annual events are the time honored NCL tradition of Tea, to train the daughters in proper etiquette to serve as hostesses, and Ticktocker Day, which brings together all of the ticktockers in the Austin chapter to collaborate on a single philanthropic project.
About the National Charity League
National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) is a non-profit national organization of mothers and daughters grades 7-12 who join together in community service in chapters throughout the United States. The purpose is to foster a sense of community responsibility in the girls as well as to strengthen the mother-daughter relationship through participation in philanthropy, educational activities and cultural events. Founded in 1947, NCL members currently total more than 40,000, with 156 chapters in 16 states, including three chapters in the central Texas area.
The Austin chapter currently works with 19 local Non-Profit Organizations including the Austin Childrens Museum, Austin Museum of Art, Austin Pets Alive, Austin Public Library, Capital Area Food Bank, Caritas of Austin, Child Protective Services, Childrens Hospital of Austin, El Buen Samaritano, Family Eldercare, Habitat for Humanity, Lifelong Friends, lifelong Friends, Lifeworks, Manos de Cristo, Marbridge, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Ronald McDonald House, Westbank Library and YMBL Sunshine Camps.
For more information on the National Charity League, please visit http://www.nationalcharityleague.org.
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL (PRWEB) November 23, 2010
In recent past decades, local support groups were popular for providing connectivity for many people facing mental health and emotional challenges. Today financial, travel, geographical and time constraints make it difficult to access that type of group support. Increasingly people are turning to the internet to benefit from online community connections and collective healing. And now, they can connect with qualified, professional therapists, as well.
The brain-child of experienced psychotherapist Jutta Morris, and staffed by professional licensed clinical therapists from around the globe, mytherapycouch.com is a website that gathers together people with a wide range of concerns from anxiety disorders, bereavement, addictions to relationship troubles. The new online therapy site, launched in July of this year invites people to share their personal concerns and struggles with others in a supportive group environment and forums but also provides access to trained practicing psychologists and therapists.
Aside from being convenient and time-efficient, this new model is more cost effective than face-to-face counseling and protects ones anonymity, according to Jutta Morris, founder of mytherapycouch.com. While direct counseling through on-line communication is not intended to replace traditional therapy, nor is it suitable for at risk clients, recent research suggests that on-line therapy can be effective. After conducting a study on cognitive-based therapy delivered online by qualified therapists, one of the worlds leading medical journals, The Lancet reported positive results for those suffering from depression.
The fact that online therapists represent different parts of the globe adds an international element that will appeal to people from various cultures. I felt we needed to make it easier to reach out and to bring people together, explains Jutta Morris who resides and practices in Florida People from around the world may not share specific cultures but we do all share the emotional fabric and the need to be part of a supportive community. We all share the need to feel safe in expressing ourselves and asking for help.
Of particular interest are its services offered to veterans. Increasing numbers of war veterans are reporting symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and those numbers are expected to increase as global conflicts continue. Yet, studies show that many vets suffer alone or find no support from mainstream medicine. Mytherapycouch.com hopes to connect to these vets providing a forum for them to discuss common issues and receive one-on-one counseling from professionals familiar with this misunderstood and often overlooked disorder.
While some people will visit this online counseling service website for an immediate issue others will become part of the support circles and forums that address longer-term concerns. The site provides a number of ways for visitors to interact with each other and with the staff through two models of interaction: the community forums and groups focused on specific issues of concern and the direct online counseling through the website with a specialist.
Based on input from professional IT consultants, the new site combines several successful features from popular online sites like Yahoo! Answers. Participants can respond to each others questions, with the most helpful responses being rewarded through a ranking system.
This not only encourages thoughtful responses to peoples questions but gives people a sense of ownership and personal reward for sharing their unique wisdom with others, says Gideon Kimbrell, Director of I.T. People can respond to questions, follow a group and participate in forums but what makes mytherapycouch.com unique is the ability to communicate directly with a clinical professional who responds privately through the secure website.
The therapists each have areas of expertise dedicated to individual issues so those seeking specific answers will be matched up to an appropriate expert. Through the direct counseling service, a person can communicate with a counselor who promptly responds.
The ability to have one-on-one contact in a secure and non-threatening format is something many have never had an opportunity for. Finances, travel considerations, even shyness prevents many people from meeting with counselors in brick and mortar settings.
The mission at mytherapycouch.com, according to Jutta Morris, is to create a therapeutic, virtual community of individuals with a focus on nurturing and compassionate guidance.
Every therapist contracted with the site is a fully licensed clinical or counseling psychologist with a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience in their home country. The site is a member of the International Society for Mental Health Online. Registration is free.
If youd like more information or to schedule and interview please contact:
My Therapy Couch Inc.
Jutta Morris President and Co-Founder
Gideon Kimbrell Director of I.T and Co-Founder
1 Main Street Suite 200
Tequesta, FL 33469
Jutta Morris (+1) 561-317-7389
Gideon Kimbrell (+1) 561-386-3720
Lake Forest, CA (PRWEB) November 30, 2010
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Wickford, UK (PRWeb UK) December 24, 2010
Nativity plays are growing extremely popular in schools, as teachers believe it is a great way to teach students drama, religion and life skills. With this increase in popularity, there is a growing demand for nativity costumes.
Nativity plays have been receiving a lot of media attention, with most believing parents should be able to take photographs during the performance. The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham has said that such photography is not in breach of the Data Protection Act as long as the pictures are taken for personal use.
Despite the ongoing debate about photography at school nativity plays, the demand for fancy dress costumes are soaring. Children want to take part and teachers and families are more than willing to organise the event, creating sets and buying costumes for the children.
All Fancy Dress are seeing the positive side of this trend, with nativity costume sales on the rise. In their Nativity collection, families can find such items as the Mary Costume and the Shepherd Costume.
Barn animal costumes are also proving a very popular choice with parents, as most find it easier to buy the costumes rather than make them. All Fancy Dress have seen the Little Donkey Costume becoming one of their best sellers along with their Child Camel Costume.
Mark Heaton of All Fancy Dress.com commented; Whilst hand made costumes are wonderful, in reality many parents and schools do not have the time and resources to make them. We have found that parents increasingly need affordable nativity costumes on a tight timescale. In fact many parents call us a day or two before the nativity play itself, and this is where our next day delivery service really comes into its own. There is such a breadth of characters in Nativity plays nowadays, and its great that more and more children have an opportunity to be a part of them!
http://www.allfancydress.com is one of UKs leading online discount fancy dress retail outlets that not only supply an enormous range of costumes and accessories including Christmas Costumes for adults and children, but also a personal party organising service.
The company has an outstanding reputation for quality of products and excellent customer service, offering fancy dress costumes for all ages and sizes. Their extensive range includes babies, toddlers, kids, teens, adults, plus sizes and even pets.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 31, 2011
With summer in full swing, more than 150 drowning and near-drowning incidents have been documented in media reports in 30 states coast-to-coast. According to eSafetyAlert, this figure is up by 32 incidents reported only three days prior to Memorial Day, on May 27, when there had been 55 drowning and 63 near-drowning incidents confirmed nationwide.
At this pace, water safety advocates, first responders, and healthcare professionals are bracing for these tragedies that annually claim the lives of nearly 400 children, most of whom are under age of five, said Todd Appleman, president and founder of eSafetyAlert.com. As a long-time advocate of public education campaigns about pool and spa safety, we fully support the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissions (CPSC) Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives 2011 public service announcements campaign.
Since January 2010, the Pool Safely campaign has tracked more than 530 media-reported drowning, near-drowning, and entrapment incidents. Steps such as staying close to children at all times, learning water safety skills and having the appropriate equipment, can help families have a safer experience in and around pools and spas. To learn more about the campaigns simple, but effective water safety steps, click here and Pool Safely for more details.
We laud the CPSCs first-of-its-kind national public education effort to reduce child drownings and near-drownings in public and residental swimming pools and spas. After many years of work between public and private organizations, a grassroots effort is now serving as a central resource for a clear and consistent message about drowning prevention, said Mr. Appleman.
As a Pool Safely supporter, eSafetyalert.com is dedicated to helping to promote the Pool Safely campaigns safety messages to the public which includes distributing materials, posting information online, holding events, and incorporating the campaign into existing public safety outreach programs.
Also, having been a reseller of the Safety Turtle water immersion alarm for nearly 10 years, we have come to understand that drowning in residential pools and other water hazards is a year-around concern in states like California, Florida, Arizona, and Texas, where drowning is the leading cause of death for children under five and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14, added Mr. Appleman.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that for every child that drowns, six more children are involved in “near-drowning” incidents that often lead to permanent neurological damage, life-long disabilities, and catastrophic medical costs.
“Parents and guardians need to be extra vigilant in protecting children around water hazards,” said Mr. Appleman. “The family swimming pool is supposed to be a source of fun and recreation. The problem is swimming pools are also very dangerous.”
The gap in awareness and lack of action among parents became acutely apparent when eSafetyAlert.com, and Terrapin Communications, the company that designed and markets the Safety Turtle pool alarm, commissioned a national Harris Interactive poll. The study results revealed that only 41 percent of parents with swimming pools said they had installed one or more layers of protection recommended by the CPSC and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
Our message to parents and children is simple: stay safe in and around pools and spas by practicing as many safety steps as possible, said Inez M. Tenenbaum, Chairman of the CPSC. We encourage everyone to have fun in the water this summer, but we also remind parents and caregivers to stay close to children at all times, know water safety skills like CPR, and ensure anti-entrapment drain covers are installed in all pools and spas. Every drowning and near-drowning incident represents a family tragedy.
Young children usually drown with a caregiver close by. Contact with the child was lost during the seconds an immersion accident takes to unfold. Rescue, though moments away, is usually too late. The silence of drowning doesnt give second chances. Our goal is to break the silence of immersion accidents, to give parents that last chance, added Bob Lyons, of Terrapin Communications.
CPSC is an independent federal regulatory agency created by Congress in 1972 to protect the public against unreasonable risks of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products. The Pool Safely campaign is CPSCs national information and education program associated with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act). The Pool Safely campaign is designed to raise public awareness about drowning and entrapment prevention, support industry compliance with safety standards, and improve safety at pools and spas. The Pool Safely campaign is proud to partner with leading organizations, including American Red Cross, The YMCA of the USA, Safe Kids USA, National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA), World Waterpark Association (WWA), USA Swimming Foundation, National Swimming Pool Foundation, National Aquatic Safety Company (NASCO), Abbey’s Hope and Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP). For more information, visit the website at http://www.poolsafely.gov/ and follow the campaign on Twitter @poolsafely.
About Terrapin Communications
Terrapin Communications manufacturers Safety Turtle, the world’s leading personal immersion alarm system. Introduced in 1998, as a last layer of protection for parents, Safety Turtle has been adapted to protect adults as well as children, and pets, near hazardous water, pools, ponds and open water. Pool lifeguards now wear Turtles to automatically alert the front desk of a water rescue. High risk patients such as stroke victims wear Turtle visors during [supervised] water exercise. For more information, visit the website at http://www.safetyturtle.com
eSafetyAlert.com is an official reseller of the Safety Turtle alarm. The Safety Turtle alarm consists of one AC-powered Base Station that supports one or more Turtle wristbands of the same color which lock snuggly on a child’s wrist with a “child-proof” key. If the child falls into the water, the Turtle sensor sends a signal to Base Station which sounds a siren. Safety Turtle sensors can be placed on a pets collar too. It is estimated that 5,000 dogs drown in swimming pools annually in North America alone. Additional information about purchasing Safety Turtle is available at http://www.eSafetyAlert.com.
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Adelaide (PRWEB) September 08, 2011
DNA Bioservices is one of Australia’s leading DNA Testing Company’s, established in 2005 DNA Bioservices has brought DNA Testing to the general public.
Its primary aim is to provide a safe and secure environment for individuals to conduct DNA paternity testing in Australia using an accredited Australian laboratory coupled with the highest level of service, DNA Bioservices uses a NATA accredited laboratory based in Australia un-like many other testing companies who send there samples overseas.
Georgie Miller, Managing Director says “Over the years we have evolved much of our business through personal recommendation offering the best customer experience with the highest level of accuracy possible in Australia, by opening these new offices further shows our commitment to building the largest DNA testing company in Australia – now our clients can obtain free DNA Collection kits in most capital cities.”
Georgina also added, “Our plan is to open another office in Melbourne within 3 months thus making DNA Bioservices the largest in Australia”
DNA Bioservices is also the only DNA Testing company in Australia to offer a 24 hour helpline, Gary Miller Marketing Manager added, ” We understand the potential sensitivity of conducting a paternity test so calling may not be viable during normal business hours therefore having a 24 hour service means you can be assured you can speak to a professional whenever the time suits you.”
DNA Bioservices also provides testing services for General Practitioners, Australian Professional Family Law firms, Government authorities such as Legal Aid, the Immigration Department, and the Department for Child Protection with the opportunity to order Court Approved DNA Paternity Tests DIRECT at the lowest prices.
To order your free DNA testing kit visit http://www.dnabioservices.com.au or visit 1 of the new office locations to collect at convenience, alternatively call 1300 768 428 24 hours a day to speak to the knowledgable team.
Austin, Texas (PRWEB) September 13, 2011
On September 1st, over 700 new laws took effect in Texas. Two of them specifically deal with electronic transmissions and the troubles our youth can sometimes get themselves into. Pandora Corp. co-founder and Austin resident, James Leasure, says these two laws are shining examples of why parents need to monitor Internet activity of their children.
In Texas, it is currently illegal to commit an act of spoofing on social networks. Spoofing is the term given to the act of using another persons name, without permission, with the intent to harass or intimidate a victim. According to the Texas House Research Organization, House Bill 1666 expands the current offense to include any form of online communication.
This isnt spoofing for comedic purposes like Saturday Night Live; this is a form of cyberbullying and deception, explains Leasure. If your child is part of a prank that involves pretending to be someone else for malicious reasons, they could face third-degree felony charges.
Until now, minors who were caught sending nude photographs of themselves to others, an act referred to as sexting, could have faced child pornography laws. According to a story in the Star Ledger, Senate Bill 407 lowers the charge to a misdemeanor for youth caught sexting. Repeated offenders could face jail time, but a first-time offense conviction will only require participation in a state-sponsored educational class about the dangers of sexting.
Sexting usually starts on a cell phone, but is just a click away from the Internet, says Leasure. What parents should take away from this is not well, we wont be too hard on your kids if they are caught. Instead, parents need to understand that vigilance and attention to how their kids are using the powerful technology is absolutely critical.
Pandora Corp. makes PC Pandora computer monitoring software, a tool that records all activity on a PC through screen captures and data logs. Parents can use PC Pandora to know exactly what their kids are doing online, including what websites they are visiting, who they are talking to and how they are representing themselves on social networks like Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.
Leasure notes the best way to keep your children out of the paths of cyberbullying and sexting is to monitor Internet activity and have a zero-tolerance policy for aggressive and/or risky and dangerous behavior.
PC Pandora can help end the cyberbullying epidemic by showing parents how their children are interacting with others, including if they are being aggressive to others online or participating in the bullying of another student or peer. Leasure states that with laws and culture changing, bullies and parents should know that aggressive behavior is not going to be tolerated anymore.
Parents need to be proactive about cyberbullying and make sure their child is not a bully, he says. Just as much as parents should be concerned when their child is a victim, they should take steps to make certain 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.
As for sexting, Leasure says: Aside from any legal implications, its just not smart. If that photo gets out, lives can, and have been, ruined. I am certain that no parent would want a nude photograph of their child circulating online. PC Pandora monitoring software may show a parent something they are completely unaware of and allow them to take action before its too late to help.
It is essential for all parents to monitor their childrens activity and behavior on the Internet just as they would in real life. Fortunately, tools like PC Pandora make it easy. For more information and a free trial of 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!
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) October 12, 2011
October has been named National Anti-Bullying Month by several Internet safety organizations. Much of the focus is on the new form of aggression, cyberbullying, and ways to prevent digital abuse. Pandora Corp. co-founder James Leasure says parents can help prevent bullying on the Internet by monitoring the online activity of their children, not only as a way to protect them, but also to make sure they are not a part of the problem.
Now more than ever, parents absolutely must be aware of what their child is doing online and what is happening in their digital lives, he says. Just as much as parents should be concerned when their child is a victim, they should take steps to make certain their child is not an aggressor.
According to WiredSafety.com, at least 36 of the suicides committed by young people in the past four years have been officially linked to cyberbullying. Several of those cases have made major headlines, including Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who took his own life last September.
Several states, including New Jersey, have either updated existing laws or passed new legislation to help deal with the cyberbullying problem in the year since Clementis tragedy. But the most recent bullycide case of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer from New York has prompted state Senator Jeffrey Klein to propose legislation that would put cyberbullying into the category of third-degree stalking, a class A misdemeanor, and make cases of bullycide (suicide resulting from cyberbullying) a class C felony, considered second-degree manslaughter.
We completely understand and applaud the drive to create laws that will make it easier to prosecute cyberbullies and levy heavier punishments, says Leasure. But we feel politicians and community leaders should put more pressure on parents to stop the cyberbullying before it begins.
Pandora Corp. is the maker of PC Pandora computer monitoring software. Like DVR for the TV, PC Pandora records everything and anything on a PC, allowing parents to see everything their child is doing both off and online. Parents can see screenshots of all activity, plus text-based logs of all instant messenger conversations, social network chats and posts, websites visited, Internet search queries, programs used, keystrokes and much more. Whatever a child does on the computer, good or bad, PC Pandora will show their parents everything.
According to Leasure, PC Pandora can help end the cyberbullying epidemic by showing parents exactly what their kids are doing online, and how they are interacting with others. If a child is being bullied, the parents will have records and information they can use to help put an end to the situation before it gets worse. But the program will also work on the flip-side, when a parent has a bully in their house.
Cyberbullying starts with anonymity on the Internet, but it succeeds through the ability to operate secretly in the home, he explains. Cyberbullying is not going to go away until the parents of the bullies know what their kids are doing online and step in to stop the aggressive behavior.
Leasure says that with legislators, law enforcement and schools pushing no tolerance policies, something your child may think is just a joke can turn into an incident that could remain with them for years.
Parents need to be proactive about cyberbullying and make sure their child is not a bully, he states. For every child that is bullied online, there is a tormentor, or group of tormentors, hiding behind closed doors. The best way for parents to help end cyberbullying now is by monitoring their childs internet activity and online interactions as a means to protect them and keep them out of cyberbullyings path of destruction.
For more information on how you can stop cyberbullying, visit PC Pandora online 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 Facebook.