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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


Breaking the Mold: Anaheim Progresses to the Next Level in Dropout Deterrence with Pearson’s Prevent


Anaheim, CA and San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) November 10, 2009

more than 1 million students a year.

seven thousand students a day.

one child every 26 seconds.

Such grave statistics illustrate the dropout crisis that American educators grapple with today.

Recognizing the difference data can make in protecting students from this alarming trend, Anaheim Union High School implemented Prevent, an early warning dropout prevention software program from the education technology and services company Pearson, that aggregates the most relevant and predictive student information data to pinpoint which students are mostly likely to drop out of school.

During the 2008-2009 school year, Anaheim Union, a large, urban district in Southern California, sought an innovative approach to ensuring its graduation rates did not fall to drastically low levels. In response, Anaheim opted to pilot the data-driven Prevent for its entire 33,077 students, many of whom were already at-risk of dropping out of school.

Now, Anaheim is fully implementing Prevent as an integral piece of the district’s dropout prevention program that includes aggressive accountability measures, such as weekly check-ins with each of the district’s 22 schools.

Anaheim’s Assistant Superintendent Fredrick Navarro said that Prevent takes the guess work out of Anaheim’s dropout prevention efforts, “Student information is right there on my desktop, which gives me the opportunity to review a multi-faceted index and initiate a journey to understand exactly what’s wrong with a kid’s learning trajectory and why they’re suffering. The program provides us with an opportunity to collect our experience, our successes and our failures, know what works and what doesn’t work, even to the point where we can categorize interventions that work best for specific types of students.”

For more than a year, Anaheim’s educators have utilized Prevent’s browser-based, unique early warning system that emphasizes simple, “at-a-glance” reporting, helping all counselors and administrators more quickly identify at-risk students and take action.

Of Prevent’s impact, Navarro said, “Prevent helps schools address problems early; it helps us get to the root of the problem quickly, so we can roll up our sleeves and work with students and families right away. We know that we need to be intervening early and often with our students — with the right interventions — not just making students repeat grade levels, but really intervening and meeting their needs whether they be social, emotional or academic.”

Working with Anaheim, the Prevent team also provided training to help the on-the-ground educators better understand how data and trends can make a difference with students. “My counselors love that Prevent provides them with a quick, easy way to begin a conversation with a student. Sometimes, that first conversation is all we need to change the course of a student’s academic career,” Navarro said.

Successful interventions are growing in importance as nearly one in three ninth graders (26.8 percent) at U.S. public high schools are not graduating in four years, resulting in earnings of up to 80 percent less than their degree-earning peers.

Prevent founder and Director for Student Growth at Pearson, Gary Hensley has worked with Anaheim for three years and understands firsthand the difficult task Navarro and his team faced. “Prevent was born from my own experience as an administrator where I was faced with students’ problems every day and was always trying to get ahead of the curve. One day, I stepped back and analyzed how things could be different, realizing that my fellow educators and I already had all the data we needed. We had all the predictors — attendance, behavior, grades — readily available, but needed the data to be presented in an easily digestible way to pinpoint the students most at risk of failing out. Prevent is the solution to that predicament.”

Speaking to Anaheim’s commitment to dropout prevention, Hensely added, “As an early adopter of Prevent, Anaheim made a huge commitment to its students, promising to do the right thing to help those students be as successful as possible. The district’s focus on data as a solution says that this district is willing to address the dropout issue head on – making large-scale changes that break the mold, break the current way of thinking about how we stop this crisis.”

Moving forward, Navarro believes Prevent can help make a difference for all students. He said, “We know that every child is unique and requires a different path. Having the ability to not only intercede early, but to track the outcomes of the interventions is crucial in helping us to determine the path that we take with every child.”

For more information about Prevent, visit http://education.pearsonassessments.com/prevent or call 800.228.0752, option 5.

About Pearson

Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today’s digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company’s investment in innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company’s respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, PEMSolutions, Stanford 10, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker, and many others. Pearson’s comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson’s commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to http://www.pearson.com.


uKnow.com Provides Parents with Tips to Prevent, Identify and Manage Cyberbullying

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) October 18, 2011

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and with more than half of all kids who are either online or own a cell phone reporting that they have been cyberbullied, parents must know the warning signs and how to manage this pervasive issue.

According to Tim Woda, an Internet and child safety expert and co-founder of uKnow.com, a provider of parental intelligence systems: The problem with cyberbullying is that it can spread like wild fire. An embarrassing photo or video can be spread to thousands in a matter of minutes. We equip our kids with this powerful technology, but we dont teach them the ramifications of using it inappropriately. And the worst part is most parents dont even know it is happening.

Tim offers the following tips to parents:

Child Sexual Abuse Conference Offers Hope for Victims and Effective Tools to Prevent Abuse

Jacksonville, Florida (PRWEB) January 13, 2012

On February 3, 2012, the University of North Floridas University Center in Jacksonville, Florida will be the location for a one day educational conference dedicated to promoting greater public awareness and education about the impact child sexual abuse outside the home has on our families, communities, businesses and organizations. Donald J. Dymer, chief executive officer of SingleSource Services Corporation, a leading background screening company for sixteen years and headquartered in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, is the conference sponsor and organizer. Dymer is encouraging all those who are involved with the care, education and mentoring of children and youth to attend this important conference.

Why Jacksonville?

Jacksonville was named the 1st Pinwheel City in the USA by Prevent Child Abuse America in 2010. The Pinwheel designation was designed to further advance policies and procedures to help prevent child abuse.

Headlining the conference will be Dr. Gene Abel, Director of Research at Abel Screening in Atlanta. Dr. Abel has won numerous honors and awards for his work and research projects that have uncovered new information to help prevent child sexual abuse. Dr. Abel’s awards include: The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuser’s Significant Achievement Award and The National Adolescent Perpetrator Network’s Award for Outstanding Research. Dr. Abel is also co-author of the book: “The Stop Child Molestation Book: What Ordinary People Can Do In Their Everyday Lives to Save Three Million Children.”

Joining Dr. Abel will be Leslie Nichols, Vice President Club Safety and Design at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The conference agenda includes other noted professionals from the nations leading organizations who will provide invaluable insight on what people can do to identify and prevent child sexual abusers from becoming the volunteers or employees who will have youth entrusted to their care.

“Until the sensationalism of child sexual abuse was uncovered at Penn State and later at Syracuse, victims and advocates faced years of challenges to get the publics attention focused on this insidious, on-going threat to children and youth.” explains Dymer. “No one discussed boundary issues’, let alone understood them.” After attending the Protect the Children Conference these terms will have meaning and attendees will be armed with the tools for change. The information shared at the conference is so substantive, the attendees will be eligible to receive continuing education credits from the American Psychological Association, the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Society of Human Resource Managers.

Critical issues that will be discussed include: the effects of long term abuse, the early age at which sexual abuse often occurs, the child’s reporting of the offense, parental reaction, and a review of institutional responses to such cases. Attendees will receive training in how to identify abuse and the tools that are available to enable them to make better decisions when hiring or selecting volunteers for their business or organizations.

Traditional background screening methods aren’t going to provide enough of a deterrent explains Dymer. In a study of 3,700,000 criminal background checks reported by ChoicePoint, only one-tenth of one percent of the entire screened pool was identified as having a criminal history related to sexual offenses. Most organizations rely on criminal background checks as their strongest safety measure toward keeping children safe,however the reality is that criminal background checks provide very little protection from child sexual abuse.

Conference sponsor and organizer, Don Dymer, CEO of SingleSource Services summarizes, The problem has been swept under the rug for years. As horrid as the situation was at Penn State and Syracuse – and the new reports of similar child sexual abuse are, we must hold onto to this moment in time while we have everyones attention to STOP the sexual abuse of children. Children are helpless to stop sexual abuse, only adults can stop child molestation.

To find out more about the conference, please contact Donald J. Dymer at SingleSource Services Corporation at the telephone number below. To register for the event, visit http://www.singlesourceservices.com/protectthechildren or call 1.800.713.3412.

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Sunday Morning Radio Show Gives Tips to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Jacksonville, Florida (PRWEB) January 30, 2012

“Criminal background checks aren’t enough to keep child molesters away from children,” explained Don Dymer of SingleSource during his Sunday morning interview on “Inside Jacksonville.” The radio show is hosted by Jim Byard and aired on four stations, Lite, 96.1; Country Legends, 100.7; Sunny, 94.1 and Gator Country 99.9.

“What has been frustrating to me over sixteen years in the background screening industry and a full career before that in law enforcement at Scotland Yard, is that our criminal record system doesn’t provide enough insight about those who would victimize children and youth,” Dymer continued. “That frustration lead me on a journey over a year ago to find out if there was anything out there that could supplement finger-printing and background checks and fill that critical void.”

Now Dymer is ready to share his findings with everyone at an all day education conference planned on February 3. He organized the Protect the Children Conference being held at the University of North Florida’s University Center. He has brought together professionals from mental health fields, juvenile justice systems and organizations dedicated to helping prevent child abuse, and, provide support for victims together for one day to let the world know about a powerful adjunct to traditional background screening practices.

“I have discovered an amazing assessment tool, that, combined with thorough background screening, finger printing and reference checks can identify with an incredibly high degree of accuracy if a person lacks an understanding of what boundaries should exist between adults and children.”

Byard asked Dymer, “How could there still be so much threat out there? We warn our kids so all the time about the danger of strangers?” To which Dymer explained that according to research by many organizations, including Abel Screening, 90% of the victims are abused by people they know, love or trust.

Child abusers groom not just their victims, but the victims’ families as well. Parents have been lulled into a false sense of security and often tell themselves that they have done their part by warning their children to stay away from strangers. Dymer urges not just parents, but those actively involved as volunteers or workers in schools, youth organizations and day care centers to understand the warning signs. “Be aware of the coach or volunteer devoting too much time and attention to one particular student or athlete. Not just the star of the team, but look out for a little too much attention to one student over another. Invitations to watch sports events at their homes without parental supervision or often, without other classmates, overnight trips, one-on-one situations where the child or youth is isolated from parents and friends to spend alone time with an adult outside of the family unit should be noticed and not ignored.” 81% of child sexual abuse incidents for all ages occur in one-perpetrator/one-child circumstances (Snyder, 2000).

The Protect the Children Conference is a must for parents, guidance counselors, daycare and preschools, churches, children’s homes, foster agencies, advocacy agencies, hospitals and rehabilitation centers as well as those in the justice system.

Child sexual abuse persists in places where our children should be safe, explained Don Dymer. The Protect the Children Conference offers seven continuing education credits for The National Board of Certified Counselors, the American Psychological Association and five credits from the Society of Human Resource Managers. There is still time to sign up by going to http://www.singlesourceservices.com/protectthechildren.


Boys Town’s Top 5 Tips to Help Prevent Ear Infections

OMAHA, Neb. – (PRWEB) February 24, 2012

Boys Town releases advice for parents on how to help prevent childhood ear infections. The national child and healthcare organization, started over 90 years ago, is a leader in parenting advice. Getting an ear infection can mean extreme pain for children and sleepless nights for parents. The following can help prevent ear infections:


Ten Kidpower Safety Tips for TSA Agents and Parents to Prevent Trauma for Children at Airport Security

Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) April 27, 2012

Even though the TSA has updated its policies for to be more child-friendly, TSA agents in Kansas yelled and insisted on a pat-down for a scared four-year-old girl, scaring her and upsetting her family at airport security earlier this month. Kidpower, a nonprofit leader in violence prevention and personal safety education for children and adults since 1989, has ten recommendations to help families with children follow airport security procedures without trauma, and for the TSA make changes that help ensure going through security is an interesting instead of scary experience for little kids.

The April 25th Huffington Post article, TSA Defends Pat-Down of Crying 4-year Old Girl at Kansas Airport, describes how a little girl who had already been screened broke TSA protocols by running to hug her grandmother who was waiting close-by for a pat-down after tripping the scanner alarm. The Associated Press quotes both the girls mother and grandmother, who describe how the TSA officials yelled at the little girl, terrifying her, threatened her when she tried to run away, and then forced her to have a pat-down as she screamed and sobbed in her mothers arms; instead of allowing her mother’s request to let the girl walk through the scanner again or using the wand scan, which the TSA website lists as an alternative to a pat-down.

“This way of handling problems with a young child by the TSA agents was outrageous and traumatizing,” says Irene van der Zande, Founder and Executive Director of Kidpower and author of a new book on child safety. “Where was their common sense and compassion in this situation?”

“The good news is that simple preparations by parents along with better training and procedures by the TSA can make airport screening become an interesting experience for children instead of an upsetting one without sacrificing transportation security or a childs emotional safety,” says van der Zande.

Van der Zande has published the following ten recommendations on the Kidpower blog for easing travel with young children at the airport; five tips for parents and caregivers flying with children, and five suggestions for the TSA on how to prevent trauma for children while maintaining security.

Five Kidpower recommendations for parents and other caregivers flying with children:

1. Know the rules. The rules keep changing so inform yourself before you fly. When you know the rules and guidelines, you can speak from a place of knowledge if an issue arises. Check the TSA website on Flying With Kids.

2. Prepare children in a fun, reassuring way. Explain what happens when you go to an airport and fly on an airplane. Teach “Stranger Safety” instead of Stranger Danger. Explain that the TSA officials are there to help everyone be safe, even though they are strangers and that it is okay to do what they say because you know about it and you will be staying together. Make up a story about a childs favorite character getting screened at the airport. Play a game where a child can pretend to gently pat down a stuffed animal or doll while you hold its hand or paw.

3. Reassure your child at the airport. Explain what is happening as you are in the security line. Remind your child about what to do. For example, See, that lady is getting to have someone checking her body with a wand. Isnt that interesting? Remember, once we go through that little gate, we have to stand where the people in uniforms tell us to stand and not leave until they say its okay. Well stay together the whole time.

4. Act calm and upbeat with your child no matter how you feel inside. Children are most likely to get upset if you seem upset. If your child gets anxious, be reassuring that, even if something unexpected happens, no one did anything wrong and everything is okay. If you are late, try to put the stress aside and remember to allow yourself more time next trip. Even if someone is rude, decide to deal with this later. At the moment, in front of your child, act cheerful and upbeat.

5. Advocate for your child with respect, persistence, and confidence. If you think someone is doing something in a way that seems inappropriate or unsafe for your child, speak up in a respectful, powerful way. For example, I understand that you are busy, but the way you are handling this is not consistent with the rules I saw on the TSA website. Please get a supervisor. Or, I understand that we made a mistake, but it was an accident. It will help my child cooperate if you act friendly and positive rather than sounding impatient and suspicious.

Five Kidpower recommendations for the TSA and its agents when screening children:

1. Make sure everyone understands the rules. Have the rules for passengers going through security, including children, clearly posted just as the rules are about what you cannot have in your carry-on luggage. For example, After going through security, people, including children, should not touch someone who is still being screened.

2. Advise parents and other caregivers on how to prepare children ahead of time. Adults need to know what to say to their children so that they will understand what is going on. Parents and caregivers also need to know what to do if a child needs to have a pat down. A simple, fun video could be created for parents to show children what being wanded looks like and what a pat down looks like so that they wont need to worry. People flying with children under 12 could also be sent the Kidpower recommendations above.

3. Let kids see, touch, and talk to their adults. An airport is an overwhelming place and being separated from their parents or other family members even for a few seconds can be terrifying for children and deeply upsetting for parents who want to protect their kids. Allow children who go through the security gate on their own to see and walk to one of their adults. If a child needs an extra screening, let the child hold hands with and talk with one of their parents or caregivers.

4. Make being screened with a wand or patted down an interesting experience instead of an upsetting one. Tell children who need to be screened with a wand or patted down what is going on and allow them to have verbal and physical contact with their parent or other family member in a way that does not interfere with the screening process. Prepare agents to enlist parental cooperation and keep a friendly attitude even if people get upset, remembering that everyone might be feeling overwhelmed by their trip. For example, I know you are safe and a good person, but we have to have the same rules for everybody. I understand you dont like it and thats okay. Sometimes for safety, we have to do things we dont like. Your mom is right here and youll get a special sticker when you are done.

5. Train officials on how to stay calm and reassuring rather than becoming impatient or acting alarmed if a child breaks a rule and gets upset. Use common sense! A four-year-old hugging a grandmother might require extra screening of both for public safety, but is just not the same as someone trying to pass a dangerous object to someone else. Responding to a stressed-out parent or a crying child with compassion can work wonders. For example, I am sorry we have to do this. I understand you are upset and wish we had a way to do this differently. Lets find a way to make this fun. Would you like to see how my blue glove can get a face like a silly puppet?

Airport screening of kids is an issue where a little change can go a long way. A little imagination, a little compassion, a little preparation, a little training, and a little common sense can go a long way towards preparing TSA officials, parents, and children so that everyone has a positive screening experience at the airport.

About Irene van der Zande and Kidpower:

Irene van der Zande is the Founder and Executive Director of Kidpower Te

Prevent Blindness America Urges Holiday Shoppers to Keep Safe Toys and Gifts at the Top of Their List This Year

Chicago (PRWEB) November 16, 2012

Thanks to online sales and some retailers starting the holiday shopping season earlier every year, many gift-givers have already begun to purchase items to get a jump-start on their lists. But sometimes, the best deal may not be the safest. Prevent Blindness America, the nations oldest non-profit eye health and safety group, wants everyone to make sure that all gifts purchased, especially for children, are safe.

In 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that hospital emergency rooms across the country treated 251,700 toy-related injuries. And, 72 percent of those injuries were to those under the age of 15.

In order to spend the holidays with family and friends, instead of in the emergency room, we must be diligent in making sure our children are protected, said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. We all need to make a conscious effort to think about the gifts we are buying to make sure they are appropriate for every childs age and development level.

Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month in an effort to help adults make the best decisions on how to keep the holiday season joyful for everyone. The group is offering toy-buying and gift-giving tips to all those planning to purchase a gift for a child this year.

Gas Fireplaces Recalled – Initiative Launched to Prevent Severe Burn Threat

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) November 23, 2012

The media spotlight is often a double-edged sword. No one knows this better than toddlers who suffer from severe Fireplace Burn. And yet, gossip and rumor-mongering aside, the real story here is being overlooked according to Sean Burke of AttorneyOne.

On November 8th, 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of electronically controlled Majestic, Monessen and Vermont Castings direct-vent and B-vent gas fireplaces and inserts. The reason is that a performance issue with a control component may prohibit the unit from lighting, though gas continues to flow, creating potential for fire hazard.

On October 8th, 2012 Herald Online published that the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) announced an industry-wide safety initiative for the protection of children and adults from burns resulting from touching glass fronts on gas fireplaces.

In August 2011, a suit filed in the USDC Colorado (case no. 1:11-cv-01526-RBJ-MJW) revealed that a 1-year old child, Stanton Smith, accidentally came into contact with the glass front of the fireplace and suffered severe, life-altering burns on his hands due to gas fireplace glass door defects.

AttorneyOne.com, a recognized authority on law, can provide helpful advice and simple solutions including how to get in contact with legal counsel so that, in case of Fireplace Burn, someone can easily and inexpensively deal with it. As Mr. Burke, director of Media Relations for AttorneyOne.com, added, What all this information really illustrates is that threat of severe Fireplace Burn remains. For that reason, our focus should squarely fall on getting the word out and assisting people in finding the right legal assistance.

Fairwarning reported on January 2011 that more than 2,000 children ages five and under suffered burn injuries from fireplace glass, from 1999 to 2009 based on a federal estimate.

AttorneyOne.com has further information on Fireplace Burn lawsuits including how to get in contact with legal counsel.

Headquartered in San Diego, CA Attorney One was founded in 2004 and is not a law firm. They offer a nationwide legal service which helps consumers find the best representation for their legal needs. You can learn more about Attorney One at our website http://www.attorneyone.com. You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AttorneyOne. Checkout earlier news from us at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/11/prweb10148020.htm.