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eGuardian Strengthens Child Internet Safety with Industry-leading Privacy Policies

Ontario, Calif. (PRWEB) February 9, 2009

eGuardian, the only online protection service to effectively block predators and make search engines and social networking sites safer for children, today announced an enhancement measure to its age-verification process that will further shield children from inappropriate content, while providing parents with added peace-of-mind.

The service provides only the age of the protected child to its partner sites – no further personal information is delivered upon verification or any time thereafter.

eGuardian offers parents an age-verification service that makes it safe for their kids to take advantage of online learning, social networking and exploring opportunities. Unlike systems that restrict access, eGuardian actually enhances a child’s online experience by allowing them to safely explore the Internet without exposing them to adult content or abusive Internet marketers.

“Today’s announcement re-affirms our commitment of providing a safe Web environment for children while maintaining the highest level of security and privacy protection,” said Ron Zayas, chief executive officer of eGuardian.

According to the recent study by the Internet Safety Technical Task Force (ISTTF), the goal of protecting children online can be achieved only through a combination of improved technical safeguards and parental involvement. The eGuardian system makes it easier for parents to be a part of their child’s online experience, while allowing children the freedom to explore, learn and interact. Partner sites can use eGuardian to initiate automatic protections that are age-appropriate, and communicate back to the parents when necessary, all without ever collecting any personal information from the child.

These security issues were key components in the ISTTF findings, and have also been bolstered by America’s attorneys general, who have long advocated using technology for online protection. Some states have already introduced legislation that would require measures to protect children from Internet predators.

“In my experience, the predator is not just the stereotypical predator looking to engage a child, it can be the child’s online friends, a school bully or parent thereof or other children themselves,” said Nicole Friel, President and CEO of network security service provider Elite Development Group. “The real danger comes when a child is on a site where any type of predator can hide behind anonymity or once the plans have been made to initiate actual contact. eGuardian’s service reduces children’s vulnerability, while allowing parents to become a part of their children’s online experience and regain authority over their online activity.”

The eGuardian service’s stricter controls over the release of personal details ease parents’ concerns by eliminating the need to give up information in order to protect their children. eGuardian is leading the industry in protecting children while safeguarding their right to privacy.

About eGuardian

eGuardian is a child’s constant companion on the Internet. Based in Ontario, Calif., the company’s patented technology provides a revolutionary new solution that blocks contact with online predators and filters out adult content without hindering a child’s learning, social networking and exploring opportunities. For more information, call 877-EGUARD-1, or visit eGuardian at http://www.eguardian.com.

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Alliance Seeks to Make Child Sexual Abuse Prevention a National Priority; New Federal Policies Needed

Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 05, 2012

Three national organizations combatting child sexual abuse (CSA) are working diligently in an alliance to support and enhance federal government policies and procedures that will make CSA prevention a national priority.

Darkness to Light, Stop It Now!, and Prevent Child Abuse America have created the CSA Prevention Alliance (Alliance) to introduce a new national standard for CSA prevention and intervention. The Alliance supports federal agencies in finding ways to integrate child sexual abuse and exploitation prevention policies and practices into schools, child/youth-serving organizations, law enforcement agencies and other federally funded programs.

The Alliance members came together to collaboratively focus our organizational efforts toward a primary goal: children and youth grow up protected from sexual abuse, said Deborah Donovan Rice, Executive Director of Stop It Now! Abuse is preventable when the best available tools are matched by a strong will to protect, whether at the community level or the federal government level. This is what Alliance members have learned over their more than 60 years of combined experience.

The Alliance continues to advocate for federal agencies to proactively respond to this national outcry by advancing policies that better protect children from abuse. The Alliance suggests that federal agencies can improve child protection by including grant special conditions that would require grantees to implement CSA prevention policies and procedures. For example a grant special condition could require CSA prevention training for all adults involved in the program.

The public is voicing outrage at the lack of protection of children by adults in roles of responsibility, due in part to recent high profile CSA allegations. Recent revelations have brought the issue of child sexual abuse to the forefront of national public consciousness for the first time, said Jolie Logan, President and CEO, Darkness to Light. This provides an unprecedented opportunity to create real and lasting change in how we, as a society, protect children.

Federal efforts such as the Department of Health and Human Services Federal Interagency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/fediawg ) and the Justice Departments Defending Childhood Initiative (http://www.justice.gov/defendingchildhood) are encouraging. The Alliance seeks to assist more federal agencies to find ways to integrate CSA prevention policies and practices into all child/youth-serving organizations and professions. As participants in the National Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse and Exploitation, the Alliance also works to support the National Plan to Prevent the Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children.

During the presidential campaign season there will be on-going debate about what constitutes the role of government in peoples lives, says James M. Hmurovich, President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America, but there should be no debate about whether the federal government has the potential to positively impact the lives of all children by playing an active role in the prevention of child sexual abuse. Recent allegations provide an opportunity for the federal government to assume a leadership role to craft policies, ranging from educating adults about what they can do to prevent child sexual abuse to asking youth serving organizations to implement comprehensive child sexual abuse prevention policies and practices. This is not just the smart thing to do, but the right thing to do.

For more information, contact:

Darkness to Light * 7 Radcliffe Street * Charleston, SC 29403 * 843-965-5444 * http://www.D2L.org

Prevent Child Abuse America * 228 S. Wabash Avenue * 10th Floor * Chicago, IL 60604 * 312-663-3520 * http://www.preventchildabuse.org

Stop It Now! * 351 Pleasant Street * Suite B-319 * Northampton, MA 01060 * 413-587-3500 * http://www.stopitnow.org