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John Walsh Partners with CA, Inc. to Help Keep America Safe Online : Victim Advocate and Television Crime Fighter Teams with Global Software Company to Raise Awareness about the Danger of Cyber crime and Online Predators


ISLANDIA, N.Y. (PRWEB) November 24, 2008

“John Walsh is a great match for CA’s Internet security businessboth have a tenacious drive to protect consumers on- and off-line,” said George Kafkarkou, senior vice president and general manager, Internet Security Business Unit for CA. “Together we’ll raise awareness of protecting consumers of all ages against the increasingly sophisticated and organized world of cyber crime.”

“I am honored to team with CA’s Internet Security business, a group whose products and vision reflect a strong commitment to protecting consumers and stopping cyber criminals dead in their tracks,” said John Walsh. “CA’s campaign addresses the most crucial issue our society faces in a Web 2.0 world; protecting our loved ones from the cyber creeps. I look forward to working with CA to promote consumer awareness and keeping predators and fraudsters away from our children and families.”

CA Internet Security Suite Plus 2009 is currently available at http://shop.ca.com and from CA resellers, including major retail outlets, nationwide.

About John Walsh

John Walsh is internationally recognized as the host of TV’s “America’s Most Wanted;” the groundbreaking television program that has helped take down more than 1,040 dangerous fugitives during the past 21 years. John Walsh has dedicated his life to fighting for justiceincluding his proudest achievementprotecting the nation’s children. John and his wife, Rev

Vanessa Williams Urges Parents and Teens to Give Each Other the Ultimate Holiday Gift an “Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract” : “Ugly Betty” Star and Her Teenage Son Sign a Driving Contract, Launching Allstate’s National Home for the Holidays Teen Safe Driving Campaign


NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 2, 2008

They’re giving each other a conversation and a promise. And best of all, it’s free.

With Devin on the verge of getting his learner’s permit, Ms. Williams and her son are signing an Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract before he gets behind the wheel. Based on conversations they had at home, their contract lays out expectations for smart driving decisions, and consequences if those expectations are not met.

It’s a conversation Ms. Williams and Allstate hope all parents and their teens have this holiday season.

“As a mother of two older daughters, I’ve given them the car keys and worried whether they would make it home safe. The fact is that our teens are more likely to die in a car crash than from anything else, so having the safe driving talk with your teen is just as important as talking about drugs and sex,” Williams said. “As the holidays arrive, parents and teens should use the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract as way to begin a conversation that can be a gift of life.”

Vanessa and Devin signed their contract in New York City today, publicly launching Allstate’s national Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign.

Through its national Parent-Teen Driving Contract Sign Up Drive, Allstate encourages parents and teens to begin a conversation with their teens about safe driving by completing the interactive contract online at http://www.allstate.com/teen. By completing and signing a contract, parents can help ensure their teens return home safely for the holidays and every day.

With car crashes the leading cause of death for American teens, it’s a vital conversation for parents and teens especially this time of year. Teens have an increased chance of getting into an accident around the holidays. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, last December alone, nearly 400 teens died in car crashes across the United States. Many of these crashes could have been avoided with a simple conversation at home.

“By putting the contract in as many parent’s hands as possible, we hope to inspire them to give their teen the most important gift of all the safe driving talk,” said Vicky Dinges, Assistant Vice President of Public Social Responsibility for Allstate. “Signing the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract is the first step to making a commitment between parents and teens that they aren’t going to let themselves become a statistic.”

As part of the campaign, Allstate is also conducting contract signings with other prominent parents and their teens in cities across the country, hoping that more parents and teens heed this important call. This is part of Allstate’s tradition of public advocacy aimed at reducing the number of teens killed on America’s roads each year.

“As a company dedicated to reinventing protection and retirement for American families, doing whatever we can to avert the tragedy of losing a child is something we must take on,” Dinges said.

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About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate

Allstate Insurance Company Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study Reveals Areas with Highest Rates of Deadly Teen Crashes from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day : Study part of Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign to urge parents and teens to have a conversation about smart driving during the holiday season and sign Allstate’s Parent-Teen Driving Contract


NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 3, 2008

The Allstate Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study found that the 10 deadliest hotspots for fatal teen crashes among the nation’s 50 largest metro areas (a central city and its surrounding counties) from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day are:

Baby Blue Foundation Introduces National Safe Haven Sign to NJ

Atlantic City, NJ (PRWEB) December 4, 2008 –

The last two states to enact Safe Haven laws, Alaska and Nebraska adopted such laws in 2008. Nebraska’s law has received substantial media coverage due to its failure to limit the surrender age of children protected under the law. In November, Nebraska revised the law limiting the age to 30-days, the same as New Jersey.

However, the laws vary in age limits and legal surrender locations from state to state. These variations can create confusion for young women who often are in a position of panic after delivery of their newborn.

“These are not women who are getting regular prenatal care and planning for the delivery of their newborn. They are women who have fallen through the cracks. They have spent 9-months concealing and denying their pregnancy. They are unprepared for the imminent arrival of their baby,” says Susan Ferrier Co-founder and Vice President of the Baby Blue Foundation.

On December 4, 2008, the Baby Blue Foundation along with the Ventnor Police, Atlantic County hospitals, and the National Safe Haven Alliance will introduce the first National Safe Haven signs to New Jersey.

“We selected this date because it marks the 4-year anniversary of the day my husband Bill and I, along with the support of the community lay Baby Blue to rest,” says Susan. Blue’s body along with the afterbirth and presumable the mother’s undergarment stuffed in a sack washed up on a Ventnor beach in January 2004. It was Bill Ferrier who found her. He felt it important that she have a name and a proper burial. He and Susan began taking steps to see that it happened. It was 10-1/2 months before the Ferrier’s were able to fulfill their promise to Blue.

Since then the Ferrier’s founded a 501c3 whose mission is to honor the memory of Baby Blue and others like her through efforts to prevent future newborn abandonment and fatalities. The Foundation raises awareness about the prevalence, causes and alternatives to neonaticide (the killing of a newborn within the first 24-hours of life). Finally, in the event of future newborn deaths from abandonment or violence, the group seeks to provide dignified memorial service.

In its efforts to prevent new cases of newborn death and abandonment, the Baby Blue Foundation promotes awareness about the NJ Safe Haven Act. According to Susan, “the Foundation strongly supports Safe Haven legislation. It is the best, and in some cases possibly the only alternative for these young women.”

The New Jersey Safe Haven Act went into effect in 2000. Since the laws inception, 37 babies have been safely surrendered. While the number of safe surrenders surpasses the 28 newborns left in unsafe conditions or found dead, more needs to be done to raise awareness of Safe Haven Laws and to minimize confusion about the laws.

The National Safe Haven signs were designed to uniformly identify Safe Haven surrender sites. Hospital emergency rooms and police departments are the only legal surrender sites in NJ. A parent or designee can anonymously surrender a child under 30-days old to any police department or emergency room employee.

New Jersey’s first National Safe Haven sign will be unveiled Thursday Dec. 4 at 1pm. outside the Ventnor Police Department, located at 6201 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. A representative from each Atlantic County hospital will receive a National Safe Haven sign to hang outside their emergency room. In addition to the hospital representatives, Ventnor Police Chief Wayne Arnold and Tracey Johnson, executive director of the National Safe Haven Alliance will be in attendance.

“We are excited to be spearheading the initiative to uniformly identify Safe Haven surrender sites in NJ but also through out the country,” Susan explains. NJ joins NY, IL, AZ, FL, VA and ME in the effort to create standardization.

Other hospital emergency rooms or police departments who would like to hang a National Safe Haven outside their facility should contact the Baby Blue Foundation at 609-703-4180. The Baby Blue Foundation is a NJ 501c3 accepting donations at P.O. Box 2408, Ventnor, NJ 08406 or online at http://www.babybluefoundation.org.

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Children’s Social Network Provider Slams MySpace’s Efforts On Keeping Children Safe Online

London, UK (PRWEB) February 5, 2009

Intuitive Media, providers of safe social networks for children between the ages of 6 and 14, today slammed reports that MySpace and Facebook have any serious measures to keep children safe online.

In response to MySpace’s reports of purging 90,000 sex offenders from its social network, Robert Hart, CEO of UK-headquartered Intuitive Media said, “That it took them two years to purge known names of sexual offenders listed in the public domain is in itself outrageous, but more worrying is that those websites can simply not protect against the offenders that haven’t been caught yet trying to sexually solicit children whether on or offline. Many social websites make perfect breeding grounds for future offenders.”

He goes on to say, “If you have both children and adults on a networking website it is almost impossible to police their interaction. Almost all online social networks have no ability to authenticate age and rely on an applicant’s honesty. So it’s not possible for them to prevent someone aged 11 posing as 18, or an adult of 35 posing as a 13-year-old. Without identity verification no social network is safe for children.”

Another huge problem, as identified by the recent Internet safety task force created by 49 state attorney generals in the U.S. and similarly by government studies in the UK and Europe, is the threat posed by bullying online amongst children. Again, social networks are unable in most instances to monitor or action such behaviour unless reported. By then the damage is done.

“Parents need to be aware of what their children are doing on line. That is one protection. Schools also need to teach safe internet behaviour. But the real key to safe social networking for children lies with the provider of the service: with age identification and validation of its users along with well-thought out levels of mediation,” says Hart, whose own social networks, with over a million members, have foolproof age verification, child authentication, and both automated and live mediation on the networks.

Hart continues, “We are the only online safe haven for kids up to 14 where they can learn how to behave safely and respectfully online and when they later go off to the adult networks, they are much better equipped to look after themselves.”

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About Intuitive Media:

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Intuitive Media provides multi-award winning protected social networking and learning spaces for children aged 6 – 14 years who are able to safely engage in real online communities where they can learn, be creative, communicate and collaborate with other children of all backgrounds and cultures and make their voices heard in a protected environment.

Intuitive Media’s safe social learning networks for children and young people include SuperClubsPLUS for primary children, GoldStarCafe for secondary and SchoolNetGlobal, the biggest children’s contributory website on the planet.

The key difference between these and other social networking sites is that Intuitive Media offers children a genuinely protected learning community by way of a foolproof age verification, child authentication (requiring verification from parents and schools), and both automated and live mediation on the networks.

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Talisman Programs for Children with Special Needs Launches Webinar Series to Help Parents Keep Kids Safe Online

Zirconia, NC (PRWEB) February 8, 2009

One of the nation’s leading providers of educational opportunities for special-needs students is launching a series of interactive online seminars to help parents navigate the murky waters of Internet social networking sites.

The first of these online webinars, “Facebook, My Space, My Child, Oh My,” is set for Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants per session, and registration is already underway.

The webinar series is sponsored by Talisman Programs, which provides summer camp and semester-length programs for young people (ages 8 to 21) who have learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, and high-functioning autism.

According to Aaron McGinley, who is leading Talisman’s online outreach effort, the Internet forums will explain how social networking sites work, and will provide parents with insights into the risks and benefits of popular sites such as Facebook and MySpace. They will also allow parents to ask questions and discuss issues related to raising special-needs children in an increasingly networked world.

“A lot of parents have been calling us with two questions about their kids and the Internet,” McGinley said. “They want to know how they can keep their kids safe online, and they also want to learn how to make online social networking a positive experience for their children. These webinars will help answer both of those questions.”

MAXIMIZING SAFETY, MINIMIZING RISKS

For many young people with ADHD, Asperger’s, and related conditions, social networking sites can present both a world of possibilities and a range of potential problems. The Talisman webinars, McGinley said, are designed to help parents maximize the potential of the online world while minimizing the risks that their children may encounter there.

“A lot of our students struggle with skills such as reading social cues and interpreting nonverbal body language, so it’s natural for them to be attracted to some of these online social networking sites,” McGinley said. “It can be a bit easier for them to communicate online, and also it’s a big part of mainstream youth culture. It’s something that almost every kid is doing these days.”

But the enticements and opportunities that are offered by the online world are accompanied by many of the same challenges that special-needs children face in many of their daily interactions. “Our kids typically have trouble understanding social rules,” McGinley said. “Well, there are a separate set of social rules on the Internet, and failing to understand them can lead to some serious problems.”

For example, McGinley noted, children who are prone to taking risks and making poor choices about who they associate with offline are apt to behave in a similar fashion online. But because users are often unable to control or remove images or information once they have uploaded it, the consequences of posting an embarrassing photo or sending an inappropriate message can be exponentially worse than making a social mistake in a real-world environment.

ABOUT THE WEBINARS

The first Talisman webinar will focus on the following five topics:

Staying Safe, the Smart Way- CriminalPages.com New Website Revolutionizes the Online Criminal Records Search

Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 17, 2009

Criminal Pages, the nationally recognized leader in record searches and criminal background checks, announced the launch of their new, completely free website Friday. The purpose of the new criminalpages.com is to provide consumers with access to the over 300 million criminal and public records in the Criminal Pages database.

Veering away from the traditional paid record search service, CriminalPages.com is taking a three tiered approach to the information market, starting with a neighborhood check – something that few other people search companies offer. (In essence, this service allows consumers to compare their city’s crime and economic rates with national averages)

The sex offender check from Criminal Pages is also an indispensable tool when it comes to keeping customers safe. As sexual crime rates continue to rise in the United States, more and more people are turning to online sources of information to help protect their families. Consider this – Convicted sex offenders are about 70% more likely to be arrested for assaulting or molesting a child under the age of 13. Added to this, overcrowded prison conditions mean that more and more sexual predators are being released early. With statistics this startling, it’s no wonder why consumers are flocking to CriminalPages.com to receive a free check on the sex offenders that live and work nearby.

But perhaps the most innovative of Criminal Pages’ free search services comes in the form of their criminal records searches. The advent of new database technology means that CriminalPages.com can bring information to consumers that, even a few short years ago, would have been impossible. No other comparable company provides this caliber of criminal records absolutely free of charge. Among the background information available at the new Criminal Pages are complete felony conviction records (which include serious crimes, such as robberies, assaults, drug sales, and murder) as well as misdemeanors.

Consumers can also use the Criminal Pages website to find out about a person’s sex offender status. Thanks to Megan’s Law, enacted in the late 1990s, the public is entitled to information from the FBI’s national sex offender registry.

Additionally, CriminalPages.com provides access to valuable information on parole and probation violations, as well as arrest records, conviction records, and inmate records.

For more information on Criminal Pages, background checks and free access to criminal records, visit http://www.criminalpages.com

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Panda Security and Against Intuition Partner to Offer WOT, the Community-based Safe Surfing Tool


(PRWEB) July 30, 2009

The free co-branded WOT security add-on is available for Firefox and Internet Explorer users worldwide and can be downloaded from Panda’s website, http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/downloads/wot/. Enhanced by Panda’s latest information on new malware strains and phishing threats, WOT safety ratings serve the community of 5 million members worldwide. By joining forces, both companies hope to attract new users and make searching, shopping, and browsing on the Internet a safer experience.

“As we did with Collective Intelligence, we trust in the power of the community to improve the safety of the user, that’s why we believe WOT is the best tool to help get safe surfing through the Internet,” said Panda Security’s CEO Juan Santana.

“We are excited to have Panda, a respected security company, as a partner in our goal to make the Internet a safer place for everyone,” said Against Intuition’s CEO Esa Suurio. “WOT prides itself in providing frontline protection in the battle against online threats, and with this strong collaboration between Panda Security and Web of Trust we have strengthened both our products and given our users a definite advantage against cybercrime.”

Free Web safety tool provides protection against online threats

Web of Trust is a unique community-based safe surfing tool that uses an intuitive traffic-light style rating system to help Internet users stay safe as they search, browse, and shop online. The WOT security add-on provides safety ratings to search results when using Google, Yahoo!, Wikipedia and other popular sites, helping people protect their computers and personal information. Web site ratings are continuously updated by millions of members of the WOT community and from numerous trusted sources, such as phishing site listings. The free Internet security add-on works with Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers and can be downloaded at http://www.mywot.com.

About Panda Security

Founded in 1990, Panda Security is the world’s leading provider of cloud-based security solutions with products available in more than 23 languages and millions of users located in 195 countries around the world. Panda Security was the first IT security company to harness the power of cloud computing with its Collective Intelligence technology. This innovative security model can automatically analyze and classify thousands of new malware samples per day, guaranteeing corporate customers and home users the most effective protection against Internet threats with minimum impact on PC performance. Panda Security has 56 offices throughout the globe with US headquarters in California and European headquarters in Spain. For more information, log on to http://www.pandasecurity.com/.

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Stay Safe on Social Web Sites, Online for Valentine’s Day With These Tips from Identity Theft 911

Scottsdale, Ariz. (PRWEB) February 12, 2010

While social networking and online dating sites are great ways to exchange information, and sites that let you to post large amounts of personal and family information are great ways to stay in touch, they can also pose great dangers for identity theft.

With Valentines Day upon us, here are some tips from Identity Theft 911 to keep in mind during the lovers holiday: