Littleton, CO (PRWEB) April 7, 2007 –
Kid Safe Place is offering four kid-safe web browsers created by Childrens Educational Network of San Diego, California, with a free demo and 100% money back guarantee.
Protecting children while they explore the Internet has become a major issue with law enforcement, including the FBI, which has even distributed a publication that helps inform parents about web safety.
These kinds of [Internet] cases truly represent the most abhorrent crimes we see, said Jana Monroe, FBI Assistant Director, Cyber Division. We will continue to work aggressively to prosecute those who engage in the exploitation of our children.
Now, with Kid Safe Place, parents can work just as aggressively to protect children.
There are four new browsers, Santa Surfer, Noahs Net, MindStein Travels and the brand new Son of the Mask from the new movie. Santa Surfer is a Holiday themed browser. Noahs Net is a Christian themed educational browser and MindStein Travels features Professor MindStein, an educational cartoon character. The kid-safe browsers allow children to safely discover the possibilities of the Internet, expanding their horizons and exposing them to different cultures and ways of life. The browsers are controlled by parents, allowing them to assemble a safe, secure and educational Internet experience for their children.
The suite of applications offered by Kid Safe Place includes child-safe web browsers, talking email, talking chat, and, in the future, talking instant messaging. Parents can program and edit an
Lambertville, NJ (PRWEB) April 19, 2007
Dr. Edward F. Dragan education expert and founder of Education Management Consulting, LLC recognizes the importance of cooperative efforts to prevent school bullying.
“All children are entitled to courteous and respectful treatment by students and staff at school. Educators have a duty to ensure that students have a safe learning environment,” says education expert and school liability consultant Dr. Dragan.
In American schools, more than 16 percent of students say that they have been bullied by other students during the 2000-2001 school year, according to a survey funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The study appears in the April 25, 2001 Journal of the American Medical Association.
In the U.S. many states are finally recognizing the urgent need to take a firm stand against bullying. In February 2007, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled students have the right to attend school without being subjected to repeated taunts from other children. The ruling makes school districts in that state responsible for stopping bias-based harassment. A school district may be found liable if it knew about a “hostile educational environment” and failed to take reasonable action to end it.
Eighteen additional states, Guam, and Puerto Rico have passed anti-bullying laws and require public schools to have an anti-bullying policy in place. These laws generally define harassment and bullying as any conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school environment. The list includes age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.
According to Dr. Dragan, “The key for the protection of both the victim and the school is that the school takes affirmative action whenever there is an observation or report of bullying.”
“Schools must have clear policies and procedures and train students and staff in the detection, reporting, and prevention of bullying. No amount of laws will stop the practice of bullying. Effectiveness is achieved when students, parents, teachers, and administrators join together to confront bullying and harassment. Each must take responsibility to take part to protect students and to make schools safe.”
Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D. is the founder of Education Management Consulting, LLC, providing consultation and education expert witness services to school administrators and attorneys on education-related issues including school management, safety, bullying, education law suits, and school risk assessments. His book, Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know, is scheduled for publication in 2007.
Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D.
Education Management Consulting, LLC
Green Bay, WI (PRWEB) July 5, 2007
Edenvale Shoppes announced today that it has entered into a relationship with ICRA to further the efforts of providing a safe internet experience.
“In addition to current measures such as Hacker Safe and Yahoo Secure Shopping that provide shopping and viewing security and reliability for our customers, we feel that users of the internet need the ability to determine what they are exposed to,” said Jesse Akre, President of Edenvale Shoppes. “The ability to label a site’s content as safe for viewing — void of any solicitations or materials that are considered offensive or vulgar, we feel is key at driving the continuous evolution of a save internet experience for all users, minor and adult. Leading internet safety advocate sites such as Netsmartz.org endorse the ICRA as a must have for internet content measurement and exposure.”
Internet safety is a growing concern. Recently, The FBI listed their top tips for child and teen internet safety.
There are some very important things that you need to keep in mind when you’re on your computer at home or at school.
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
Lambertville, NJ (PRWEB) August 22, 2007
Dr. Edward F. Dragan, author of the soon to be released book, Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Every Parent and Teacher Should Know, comments on keeping our students safe. School safety and liability expert, Dr. Edward F. Dragan states, “Unnecessary risks in schools must be corrected, most importantly to protect the safety of students, faculty and support staff, but also to eliminate costly litigation and settlements. Implementing regular assessments of school safety policies and procedures can greatly reduce risks.”
Dr. Dragan remarks, “All too often we hear after the fact, ‘How did this accident happen?’ or ‘Could the school have prevented it?” “Unfortunately once the accident occurs; it is too late to ask these questions, a school’s risk management plan must be proactive to be effective.”
Our nation’s schools pay millions of dollars annually in damages to school children injured in class, sexually assaulted by teachers, and harassed by fellow students. New Jersey alone faced 381 suits-more than one case a day-representing a potential liability of over 500 million dollars. This total does not include cases filed in administrative court, which typically hear special education issues. Since most cases settle privately, the general public and even some education insiders are not aware of the scope of such liability.
The following three recent instances chronicle occurrences that could have been avoided had the schools developed a risk analysis plan identifying potential safety hazards, emphasizing accountability and establishing procedures for creating and maintaining a hazard free school.
A 1.7 million dollar verdict was awarded to a third-grade student told by her teacher to return a television cart with a television on its top shelf to the library. The cart fell, causing the television to strike the student, whose injury resulted in permanent brain damage. A federal court jury decided the school was partially liable for the accident due to the student’s lack of supervision. This unfortunate incident could have been prevented if teachers and administrators had assessed the risks of allowing young children to move such equipment.
A private settlement was reached in a similar case. A board of education paid $ 850,000 to a five year old student with autism who was seriously injured when a fifty pound television fell and struck him on the head. When evidence of inadequate supervision pointed to the school’s liability the case was settled.
The coach of a girl’s track team and a student who threw his javelin one more time after the coach announced practice was over both shared payment of a $ 300,000 settlement to a student who received permanent nerve damage and facial paralysis when the javelin struck her in the face. The coach was responsible for the students while they were using potentially dangerous equipment.
Most cases of school safety violations could be prevented through practice of proactive risk management. Teachers and administrators must scrutinize their procedures, equipment use and personal practices for ways to ensure the safety of everyone concerned. Schools must follow risk management guidelines to improve overall school safety and to eliminate the high costs of accident related litigation. Although insurance companies usually pay these settlements, schools and taxpayers will ultimately have the burden of higher taxes and insurance premiums.
Dr. Dragan comments, “School administrators must develop a systematic procedure for inspecting school premises and reviewing safety procedures for evidence of potential risks. An inspection log should be established to record potential risks along with the remedial action taken to eliminate the unsafe hazard or procedure.”
In addition, Dr. Dragan suggests the following risk management guidelines to maximize school safety and security. “School administrators should assess potential risk related to all equipment in proximity or accessible to students. A safety handbook that details procedures for supervising students in all school areas should be established.”
“Administrators need to conduct in-service training and review of first-aid practices, crisis response strategies, school evacuation drills, and alternative communication methods to use, if warranted, during potential crises.”
Dr. Dragan also remarks, “Each faculty member must be aware of their specific responsibilities related to safety and should have prioritized action system available to them to effect needed safety corrections in a timely matter. Administrators need to model and emphasize personal accountability and commitment to create and maintain school safety and security procedures.”
“School administrators who demonstrate a proactive commitment to safeguarding the welfare of students, faculty members and support staff will produce safe and secure school campuses and climates which will reduce potential school liability.”
Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D. is the founder of Education Management Consulting, LLC, providing consultation to school administrators and education expert witness services to attorneys on education-related issues including school management, safety, bullying, sexual harassment, child custody, and special education . His book, Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Every Parent and Teacher Should Know, is scheduled for publication in 2008.
Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D.
Education Management Consulting, LLC
Chatsworth, CA (PRWEB) November 20, 2007
Safe Life Jackets delivers a Coast Guard approved life vest (http://www.safelifejackets.com/category/life-vest.html) and inflatable pfd just in time for the family holiday cruise. Safe Life Jackets offers over fifty-five varieties of adult life vests through the ease and convenience of internet shopping. Older versions of life jackets and life preservers can be hot, bulky, and cumbersome. Providing increased protection over older versions of life vests, Safe Life Jackets offers a life vest that is cooler, lightweight, and more comfortable. Constructed with the highest quality materials and components, Safe Life Jackets supplies multiple adult sizes with two or four buckles, a 100% nylon outer shell, and a liner providing a longer life and more comfortable wear than the older and bulkier life vests.
In addition to the adult, child and dog life jacket, Safe Life Jackets offers an online inventory of 12 varieties of the highest quality inflatable vests at competitive pricing. The deluxe inflatable pfd’s (http://www.safelifejackets.com/category/inflatable-vests.html) from Safe Life Jackets combine the advanced safety of inflatable technology with new product enhancements such as a safety inspection window to inform users if the inflator is ready for use. Made by Stearns, the 1339 Ultra Inflatable PFD automatically inflates when placed in water or can be inflated with a pull of a cord. With a lightweight design for high mobility, durable nylon construction, high visibility reflective tape, tri-fold design for quick and easy repacking, and a mesh bag for easy storage the Stearns 1339 Ultra Inflatable PFD can be easily worn over a shirt or jacket and is perfect to take on a large boat.
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Participating in the Better Business Bureau Online Reliability Program, Safe Life Jackets is committed to providing the most secure and convenient shopping experience over the internet and/or telephone. Trained “No Commission” support is dedicated to assist you in finding the safest life jacket to fulfill your individual needs. Support staff is available via email, live chat, or telephone to provide personalized and informative assistance. Visit http://www.Safelifejackets.com or call Toll Free 1-888-723-3998.
Dunedin, FL (PRWEB) June 25, 2008
McGruff Safe Kids provides child safety packages at grand openings of new Verizon Wireless stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York.
The statistics are frightening to say the least. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, every 40 seconds a child is reported missing or abducted. That translates to over 2,000 children per day and over 800,000 per year!
When a child becomes missing every passing second counts. Law enforcement officials need as much information as possible to help track down a missing child. Having this information is the single most useful tool available to help law enforcement locate a missing child.
“The most recent statistics on child abductions are staggering. Verizon Wireless is pleased to sponsor this important event that will enable parents to better protect their children,” said Christine Baron, president of Verizon Wireless’ Tri-State Region. “I encourage local families to take advantage of this free service and potentially life-saving educational activities that we have planned for the day.”
Each McGruff child safety package includes a full-sized ID card that contains the child’s 10 digital fingerprints, color digital photo and vital personal information, two laminated, wallet-sized ID cards that contain the child’s digital thumbprint, color digital photo and vital personal information, a DNA Self-Collection Kit that will allow a parent to easily obtain and store their child’s saliva, hair and blood samples, a McGruff Jr. Crimefighter Sticker Badge and a McGruff Envelope.
The McGruff Safe Kids Total ID System is the leading, most comprehensive child safety/identification/education program available in the United States. It is the only digital child identification program licensed by the National Crime Prevention Council.
Neil Arfmann, a retired Tampa Bay, FL police officer, is the President and cofounder of the McGruff Safe Kids Total Identification System, a company committed to the safety and education of America’s children. The McGruff Safe Kids TID System is a licensee of the National Crime Prevention Council. The National Crime Prevention Council features McGruff the Crime Dog and his slogan, “Take A Bite Out of Crime.” Learn more about McGruff by visiting http://www.ncpc.org.
To schedule an interview with Neil Arfmann, please call 888-209-4218.
McGruff the Crime Dog
NEW YORK (PRWEB) September 10, 2008
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Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 1, 2008
On Thursday, October 9, 2008, Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE), Inc., invites you to join our staff, volunteers, and friends at The Rock and Roll Hotel for SAFE & Sound, a benefit concert featuring the music of Laura Burhenn (formerly of Georgie James), Olivia & The Housemates, Lode Runner, and The Spiritual Machine (formerly KOKO). These incredibly talented local musicians are generously donating their time to perform at this event, so that all proceeds go to support SAFE’s critical work of supporting domestic violence victims in the Washington, DC community. Tickets for SAFE & Sound are $ 10, and can be purchased at the door or in advance through The Rock and Roll Hotel website.
SAFE is a nonprofit organization that provides services to domestic violence survivors in the DC metro area who are dealing with the courts or the police to obtain protection from abuse. SAFE provided court-based services through 5,737 client contacts in 2007 through their work out of DC Superior Court’s two Domestic Violence Intake Centers, and also provided after-hours crisis support to 647 survivors who contacted the Metropolitan Police Department for assistance.
Domestic violence rates in Washington, DC are shockingly high for such a small jurisdiction. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) received 31,304 domestic-related crime calls in 2007–one every 17 minutes–an increase of 7.3% from 29,179 calls in 2007. In the same year, 4,811 clients visited DC’s two Domestic Violence Intake Centers (DVICs)–an average of 19 clients each day. This number shows an increase of 2.4% from 4,696 clients in 2006. And perhaps most shocking of all, domestic/family violence homicides, not including child abuse, accounted for 6% of all murders in the District of Columbia (14% of all female murders and 3% of all male murders) from 2002 to 2004, in cases where homicide motives can be established.
These figures make it clear that there is so much more work to be done to ensure that everyone in our community has the support and resources they need to live a life free of fear and violence. Your support can help make this happen.
And it all starts with one concert.
About Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE), Inc.
Founded in 1997 as a program of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, SAFE separated from the Coalition and incorporated as an independent organization in October 2006. SAFE serves over 6,000 survivors of domestic violence each year and provides a 24-hour continuum of court- and police-based services through its two direct service programs. More information about SAFE is available at http://www.dcsafe.org.
About the bands
Laura Burhenn is formerly one half of the band Georgie James, begun in 2005 with John Davis, drummer from the defunct DC trio Q And Not U. In January of 2007, Laura released their first single (“Need Your Needs”) on her pet label, Laboratory Records. The duo released their debut LP, “Places,” on Saddle Creek Records in September of 2007. The pair recently separated to focus on their solo careers. Laura has achieved great renown within the local and national musical scene for her lyrical, lilting, yet commanding singing voice and her enchanting piano accompaniment. For more information, visit http://lauraburhenn.com.
Olivia & The Housemates came together in the spring of 2005 when a group of friends–Edward Donohue (guitar), Kristin Forbes (bass, vocals), Randy Scope (drums), and Dan Swenson (trumpet, organ, vocals)–agreed to help Olivia (vocals, guitar) put together some songs she had been working on. Naming the group was easy: most of the musicians already were housemates. Since then, this group has been making a splash with their infectious, upbeat, folk-pop-rock sound, incorporating trumpets, hand clapping, and Olivia’s own earnest, sweetly soulful voice. For more information, visit http://www.oliviamancini.com.
Lode Runner is not superhuman, and does not have abilities that are far beyond those of any normal group of individuals. Wielding analogue synthesizers, striking guitar chords and syncopated electronic rhythms, they inebriate a mode of consciousness waiting to wake up from that long rest of elevator sound ringing from the city. Four individuals burn down that city and then construct monuments architected in a basement. Their live show is one to enjoy! For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/loderunnerband.
The Spiritual Machine (formerly KOKO) has been described as “2/3 straight, 100% awesome.” A guitar/synth/drums trio, the Machine whips up frenzied, sharp dance-rock peppered with elements of funk and post-punk. Their one and only goal: get the crowd moving. More information about the Spiritual Machine is available at http://www.myspace.com/thespiritualmachine.
About the venue
The Rock and Roll Hotel–not actually a hotel–is a concert hall and bar in Northeast DC’s hip H Street Corridor that hosts an impressive variety of local and not-so-local artists from all ends of the music spectrum. Housed in a renovated former morgue, the Hotel features fashionably distressed mismatched furniture in its upstairs lounge area, winged guitars dangling from the ceiling, and deliciously Victorian oversized gilt mirrors lining both floors. The Hotel opened in August 2006 and quickly established itself as a favored venue of local music lovers, whether enjoying a show in the first floor stage area or lingering over cocktails in the comfortable second floor bar. For more information, visit The Rock and Roll Hotel website at http://www.rockandrollhoteldc.com.
Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) October 8, 2008
AmberAlertRegistry.org, a leader in helping protect children, has worked with several police departments to produce Halloween safety tips for parents and young children for trick-or-treating.
Halloween Safety Tips Include: