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On National Missing Children’s Day AdaptiveMobile Warns US Parents About the Hidden Dangers Cell Phones Could Pose for Children and Teenagers

Dublin, Ireland (PRWEB) May 26, 2008

AdaptiveMobile, http://www.adaptivemobile.com, the leading provider of mobile subscriber protection for enterprises and individuals, today issued a warning to parents to be aware of the risks and hidden dangers the mobile environment poses to children. The company is making this announcement to commemorate National Missing Children’s Day, to honor the estimated 800,000 children that go missing each year, more than 2,000 per day. The dangers in unrestricted internet usage is well known among US parents, and AdaptiveMobile wants parents to be aware that cell phones can allow predators and strangers to have almost unrestricted access to their children via social networking sites, texting and MMS. In one recent chilling example, a 14 year old girl in the US was sexually assaulted by a man who contacted her through her a profile she posted by cell phone on a mobile social networking site.

Many of the guidelines for child protection and safety overlook the cell phone and focus on the computer, but doing so can have dire consequences for children. In a 2007 survey, AdaptiveMobile found that children access the internet from their phones an average of nine times per day, often without their parents’ knowledge. AdaptiveMobile is highlighting the following risks for parents:

Holidaymakers Could be Paying 500% Over the Odds for Their Travel Insurance, Warns Confused.com

Cardiff, UK (PRWEB) May 16, 2009

Buying insurance from a travel agent, rather than shopping around, could see holidaymakers paying nearly 500% more for their holiday insurance than necessary, says Confused.com.*

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and Datamonitor, more than one third (40%) of all travel insurance policies were sold by travel agents last year. However, in the same way that customers can shop around to make significant savings on their car and home insurance policies, they can also save money on travel insurance policies.

Steve Williams, head of travel insurance comparison at Confused.com, says: “Even if consumers choose to purchase their holiday through a travel agent, they should not feel obligated to take their travel insurance out with them too.”

“While holiday insurance is a must-have, it makes little sense to pay through the nose for it, especially when shopping around for a better deal is likely to save consumers money. Price comparison sites enable consumers to trawl the market for the most suitable travel insurance policies on offer.”

“Not only is the service quick, easy and comprehensive, but it also enables consumers to directly compare levels of cover. For example, a family of frequent globe-trotters heading off on a three-week safari in South Africa would require a very different policy to a family which goes caravanning in France once a year. Price comparison sites are designed to empower the user and enable them to make educated decisions about the best policies for them, in turn saving them money.”

“Spending just a little bit of extra time finding the best holiday insurance deal will allow you to properly relax and enjoy your trip.”

For further information please contact:

Press office, Confused.com: 02920 434 398

Joanna Harte/Gug Kyriacou, Polhill Communications: 020 7655 0550

Notes to editors

Research below compiled by Confused.com

Confused.com – quotes accurate as at 02/05/09

Single Trip

1 Adult between 18-54 travelling to Europe for 1 week

Staysure – Medical expenses

President Obama Warns Kids about Posting on Facebook; PC Pandora Warns Parents about the Dangers of Not Monitoring Their Children’s Internet Activity

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 14, 2009

Last week, president Obama met with 32 ninth graders at Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA, for a question-and-answer session. The discussion eventually led to the President’s caution about being too open on social networks.

According to Reuters, Obama stated: “I want everybody here to be careful about what you post on Facebook, because in the YouTube age, whatever you do, it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life.”

He continued, “when you’re young, you make mistakes and you do some stupid stuff. And I’ve been hearing a lot about young people who [post] stuff on Facebook, and then suddenly they go apply for a job and somebody has done a search.”

The president’s statement echoes a survey from this past June by careerbuilder.com, which revealed that 45-percent of employers used social networking websites to research job candidates. Furthermore, 35-percent of the employers surveyed said they had found content on those sites that had influenced them to reject a candidate. Examples included inappropriate photographs, information about the applicants’ drinking or drug use, or bad mouthing of previous employers, co-workers or clients.

Employers aren’t the only ones screening your kids. An LA Times article from earlier this year documented a report by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, revealing that about a quarter of U.S. colleges are doing some research about applicants on social networking sites or through Internet search engines.

Pandora Corp., makers of PC Pandora computer monitoring software, is giving advice similar to President Obama’s to parents across the country.

“It is imperative that parents be aware of not only what their kids are doing online and who they are talking to, but also how they are representing themselves in the digital community,” says Pandora Corp. co-founder Jamie Leasure.

As the internet evolved into the current “web 2.0” state, America’s youth gained an unprecedented ability to share their lives in a public forum. Unfortunately, parents don’t realize that many kids have multiple social networking profiles.

“Allowing children, especially younger ones, on the Internet unsupervised is like letting them get in a car with a stranger. But even when you think you have a handle on your kids’ Internet activities there are risks,” explains nationally recognized child advocate, Maureen Flatley. “Some kids will show their parents a social networking profile, their ‘official’ pages. But at the same time, they have secondary page where dangerous activity takes place.”

Flatley says these other profiles often involve activities as diverse as chatting with strangers, to ordering prescription drugs online with parents’ credit cards or learning how to practice eating disorders.

“The risks go well beyond the obvious things,” says Flatley. “It doesn’t take a skilled, sophisticated search to readily identify multiple profiles or webpages for the same student or job applicant these are the pages that will come back to haunt entire families in this YouTube and Facebook generation.”

Computer monitoring software programs like PC Pandora are the best tool a parent can use to stay current on their child’s Internet activity. PC Pandora records all user activity through a series of screenshots and activity logs. This gives parents the unique ability to view their child’s activity in DVR-fashion, and review specific activity, such as instant messages, emails, websites and items searched for on the web.

For the social networking websites, PC Pandora will let you see firsthand any updates made to your child’s page, as well conversations in MySpace and Facebook’s instant messenger programs. It will also give you the usernames and passwords for the accounts they may not want you to know about.

“The reality is that parents should be concerned with everything their child does online. Whether it’s Facebook or MySpace, instant messenger or Twitter, peer-to-peer sharing or just innocent surfing, parents need to be involved,” says Flatley. “There is no excuse for not knowing all aspects of what your child is doing on the Internet. Monitoring software plays a critical role in obtaining that knowledge. It allows you to be an effective 21st century parent by eliminating the guesswork.”

The recently-launched PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium, created in association with Flatley and her team at Flatley McNeil and Associates, is an additional resource that Pandora Corp. makes available for free. An informative and customizable 90-minute safety seminar that analyzes the common threats children and families face online every day, the symposium covers cyberbullying, Internet predators, social networking, peer-to-peer file sharing and more. The complete kit consists of a full PowerPoint presentation, read-along script, 6-page parent hand-out for distribution, and marketing materials.

“The bottom line is that parents need to be just as aware of what their children are doing and saying online as they would be for real-life situations,” says Leasure. “As our society progresses and technology advances, the two worlds are becoming synonymous – there is little distinction anymore between what people say and do online and in real-life. Kids often don’t realize that; it’s up to parents to teach them.”

For more details, visit http://www.pcpandora.com. A two-hour trial of PC Pandora is available for download. The PD Pandora Internet Safety page has a sample of the symposium materials and a quick form can get you started on bringing the Internet safety discussion to your town.

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 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 Pandora’s Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. 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 2008, Version 5.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com. Currently in version 5.3, the next release of PC Pandora will incorporate Pandora LIVE, a web-based service that will allow parents to check content from anywhere through a secure server.


New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Warns School Nurses to Beware of Legal Consequences for Vaccinating Students Without Parental Consent

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 23, 2009

The legal terms assault and battery pop up in city tabloids and cops and robbers TV programs all the time. But lately these familiar phrases could just as easily apply to the actions of some New York City elementary schools, and their school nurses, in the wake of the current swine flu pandemic sweeping the country, according to Richard Gurfein, a New York medical malpractice attorney and senior partner in the New York personal injury law firm of Gurfein Douglas, LLP.

Despite claims, Gurfein said, by city health officials stressing the safety of the H1N1 vaccine, and the rapidly growing spread of the disease in city schools (hospitalizations for H1N1 have tripled in New York State in the past three weeks) the law requires parental consent before a school is permitted to give the swine flu vaccine to a student.

According to recent media reports, school nurses mistakenly gave the swine flu vaccine to two students whose parents didnt sign up for it, including a Brooklyn girl with epilepsy who wound up in the hospital after getting the shot.

Any unlawful touching, Gurfein explained, or unauthorized administration of medical care not in an emergency situation is a battery, a legal term for an assault. A school district cannot unilaterally administer vaccinations without parental consent, in writing.

Gurfein explained that on the issue of liability, it wouldnt matter if the child got sick or not from the vaccination.

If there is a battery, Gurfein said (medicine given to a child without an emergency situation, or parental consent), by law the child is entitled to compensatory damages.

The measure of damages is another issue, he added. If there was no ill effect from the vaccination, the damages would be relatively small. If the child became ill, the amount of the damages would go up considerably. Sadly, if the child dies, that wrongful death case would have almost no value because of existing arcane laws in New York State that place little monetary value on the life of a child.

Gurfein said there are exceptions as to when schools are allowed to intervene. For example, in the event of an emergency, schools would be able to render medical care to the student since they are acting in loco parentis while a child is in their care.

But no court, he said, would ever accept the argument that vaccination without consent is an emergency, since the simple alternative is to refuse the child access to the school if parents dont comply with the schools wishes regarding vaccination.

Vaccinating a child without parental consent, Gurfein explained, is a tort that has a one-year statute of limitations. But because the school is part of the City, a parent only has 90 days from the time of the battery to file a Notice of Claim. He said, ninety days does not mean three months. It means ninety days.

Since a battery falls under the category of an intentional tort, Gurfein explained, it also cannot be insured against by the school, or the school nurse. In these situations, the nurse who gave the child the shot, and the school district as her employer assuming the nurse was acting within the course and scope of his or her employment would have to pay any judgment.

Gurfein advises parents to remember that municipalities and their school districts are heavily protected against lawsuits. He instructs parents of children who have been victims of a battery to contact a New York personal injury lawyer who is familiar with both negligence and medical malpractice claims.

Since a school, Gurfein said, is a department, or arm, of a municipality, a lawsuit must be commenced within a year and ninety days from the time of the battery, after having filed a timely Notice of Claim.

Such a lawsuit, he added, typically takes longer to pursue than an average auto case because the City of New York has so many lawsuits it just doesnt have the manpower to process all of them. As with any other personal injury claim, the damages would be determined by a jury. All costs to litigate the case are advanced by the lawyer, not the client. The lawyer only gets those costs reimbursed, and compensated for his, or her, services, if he or she wins the case.


1-800-DENTIST Warns Sugary Drinks Arent As Sweet As You Think

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 11, 2010

School-aged children in the United States are facing an epidemic of tooth decay. The problem is so bad that the U.S. Surgeon General now recognizes tooth decay as the nations number one chronic childhood disease. A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report indicates that a big part of this problem is young Americas unquenchable thirst for highly acidic, sugar-sweetened soft drinks, including sodas, sports beverages and energy drinks.


Back to School Sends Some Moms Back to the Bottle, Warns Promises Treatment Centers

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 28, 2011

In the past few weeks, children across the country packed their backpacks, grabbed their lunch pails and headed back to school. While some moms have welcomed the return of the school-year routine, Promises Treatment Centers warns that others are increasingly turning to alcohol to cope with the added stress.

With busy schedules to juggle and the holidays right around the corner, back to school can be a stressful time for parents, explained Dr. David Sack, CEO of Promises addiction treatment centers in Malibu and Los Angeles. For some, a need to escape or numb difficult emotions may lead to or exacerbate alcohol abuse. For those who have struggled with problem drinking in the past, this period of time may put them at increased risk for relapse.

According to the addiction specialists at Promises, it is not uncommon for family members to minimize drinking behavior or dismiss binge drinking as isolated incidents.

Ignoring signs of binge drinking or other drug abuse is potentially very dangerous. Women tend to hide their substance abuse well. And if they binge drink only occasionally, family members will often underestimate the riskiness of this behavior, Dr. Sack said.

Many loved ones dont know how to distinguish between recreational or social drinking and binge drinking that is a life-threatening problem. Unlike the alcoholic whose drinking is interfering with work and relationships, the binge drinker may only be impaired for several hours at a time, out of sight of family and friends. Women tend to be more secretive about their drinking, are more likely to binge drink and are more skilled at hiding their behaviors.

While some families and friends overlook a mothers drinking problem and some vehemently deny that a problem exists the cost of doing so can be steep. Drunk driving rates have been increasing rapidly among women, and women are at higher risk than men for alcohol-related health complications, such as liver, brain and heart damage. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, children of alcoholics are four times more likely to become alcoholics or addicts than other children.

Despite a growing awareness that addiction is a disease, there is still a stigma against alcohol abuse, especially in mothers. For this reason, it is critically important for loved ones to get involved. Few mothers with drinking problems reach out for help on their own, despite having much to lose, including their marriages, their children and their lives.

A healthy diet, exercise, quality sleep and a strong social support network are important protective factors during times of increased stress. Early intervention and treatment are essential for anyone who is struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction relapse.

Mothers are vulnerable to addiction just as they would be to heart disease, diabetes or any other chronic disease, said Dr. Sack. Even though the behavior may be hidden, high-functioning alcoholism endangers lives. Rather than judgment, moms need support and treatment.

About Promises Treatment Centers

Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and West Los Angeles are the premier addiction treatment centers in southern California. Led by some of the countrys leading addiction specialists, Promises has built an international reputation for innovative addiction treatment and exceptional service. Whether an individual requires detox, residential drug rehab, outpatient treatment, extended care or a sober living environment, Promises has been the drug rehabilitation center of choice for more than 20 years. For more information about Promises Treatment Centers, visit http://www.promises.com or call 877-351-7506.

Promises is part of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that includes The Ranch and the Sexual Recovery Institute. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit http://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com.


PublicRecordFinder.com Warns Perspective Parents Seeking Adoption To Be Cautious of Recent Scam

(PRWEB) September 30, 2011

PublicRecordFinder.com, a leading provider of online public records search, knows that most adoption agencies and birth parents are honest people. But PublicRecordFinder.com warns that sometimes in adoption there are ill-intentioned people who take advantage of others hopes and dreams. The Internet has enabled scammers to prey on a couples challenging situation – to forgo having a child of their own and adopt from a stranger- for their own gain.

Adoption scams take three forms. Sometimes the birth parent is not actually pregnant. Other times, the birth parent promises her child to more than one couple. The other alternative is that the birth parent is pregnant, but does not intend to give up her baby. Adoptive parents are most at risk if they are attempting to find a birth mother without the help of an adoption agency.

Fraudulent mothers will seek out private newspaper adoption ads or locate prospective parents on Internet sites that specialize in connecting birth mothers to adoptive parents.

The scam starts once the connection or commitment is made. The mother may ask for living expenses or for assistance with financial responsibilities relating to the baby. She might ask for the adoptive parents to place a significant amount of money up front. The scammer may ask for a place to live until the child is born. Many adoptive parents will give whatever the birth mother asks to ensure she is happy so she will still be willing to give them the child. The birth mother will disappear once she had received enough money from the couple, dashing their hopes.

PublicRecordFinder.com hopes to protect adoptive parents from being victims by offering the following warning signs:

Don Dymer, CEO of SingleSource Services, Warns: Not Everyone Plays by the Rules – Arm Yourself with ‘ArrestAlarm'”

Jacksonville Beach, Florida (PRWEB) March 12, 2012

SingleSource Services, one of the leading nationwide background screening providers, has partnered with Innovative Enterprises to fill a gap in an organizations toolkit for protecting their employees, customers and the public at large. Knowing if an employee or volunteer is arrested for an offense that affects their position has always been hit or miss, relying on the water cooler gossip, reading the paper or watching TV news.

ArrestAlarm allows, for the first time, organizations to monitor real time law enforcement activities across the nation. Information is available from more than 3,000 interfaces with law enforcement agencies across the country accessed real-time to provide instant arrest information. Historical arrest data is also available from tens of millions of historical incarcerations and booking records representing nearly three quarters of the jail population, all updated within minutes of booking through an integrated agency.

It is also a valuable tool to fill the void in the few states that dont provide a statewide criminal record database search capability.

Innovation in our industry brings our clients not only better pre-hire information, but now we can tell them real time if any of their employees have been arrested, says Dymer. In many cases that knowledge will enable the removal from the workplace, if only until the issue is resolved, of drivers for DUI, camp counselors and volunteers for lewd behavior, home care aids for theft, and so on he adds.

The program is powered by Innovative Enterprises, a specialist data provider to the background screening industry. I am impressed with the way that Innovative continues to develop programs that enhance our ability to better protect our clients interests, adds Dymer

Clifford J. Williams, Innovatives Vice President and Chief Operating Officer explains We are extremely proud to partner with SingleSource to empower the many employers who depend upon them to keep their workplaces, their employees and their customers safe from harm.

Mandated finger printing, criminal background checks, drug testing, and more are valuable tools pre-hire. But what then? Our clients need to know at the earliest opportunity that this trusted employee or volunteer may have erred in judgment and may now pose a threat. The ArrestAlarm tool provides that knowledge, Dymer explains.

When selecting and keeping employees and volunteers to work with children and the vulnerable, extra vigilance is needed. Only 5% of child sexual abusers have criminal records, according to Abel Screening, so organizations need to know at the earliest opportunity that there could be an issue. The earliest indicator of a new problem is likely an arrest.

SingleSource Services is located in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The company provides background screening to over 2,500 business across a wide variety of industries and non-profit organizations. SingleSource was founded in 1995 and believes that backgrounds are like fingerprints and prides itself on its long term customer relationships and strong commitment to fulfill its corporate civic duties.

For National Poison Prevention Week, American Association of Poison Control Centers Warns That Children Act Fast, and So Do Poisons

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) March 19, 2012

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) is cautioning parents, grandparents and caregivers that poisonings children act fast, and so do poisons, according to Debbie Carr, AAPCC executive director.

About half of all poison exposures involve children younger than 6, most often occurring when parents are busy preparing meals. Poisonings also occur when the normal routine changes during holidays or while moving, visiting or traveling, Carr said. The 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week is the perfect time to stress the importance of poison-proofing your home to keep your children and grandchildren safe.

Since 1962, the third week in March has been designated National Poison Prevention Week and has focused national attention on the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. Americas 57 poison centers are committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of every American through poison prevention and free, confidential, expert medical services. Poison centers respond to calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to help those who have been exposed to toxic substances.

In 2010, U.S. poison centers answered more than 3.9 million calls, including nearly 2.4 million calls about human exposures to poisons. In children, about 40 percent of poisonings involve medicines; the other 60 percent of poisonings in children involve products such as plants, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, pesticides, paints and solvents. Poisoning is the fourth leading cause of death among children, with peak incidences occurring between ages 1 and 3.

The experts at Americas 57 poison centers urge parents, grandparents and caregivers to take the following steps to keep children safe from poisonings:

Inspect your home and garage to make sure medicines, cleaning products, pesticides and fertilizers are stored up high, away and out of sight of children.
Tell children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them. Never call medicine candy to get them to take it.
Dont leave medicines or vitamins on counters, window sills, bedside tables or the refrigerator top.
Take your medicine where children cant see you; they may try to imitate you.
Teach children to always ask an adult before eating, drinking or touching anything.
Keep cleaning products and household chemicals in their original containers with their original labels intact.
Keep batteries out of a childs reach. Call your local poison center right away if a child swallows a battery.
Keep magnetic toys and other magnetic items away from small children. Call your local poison center right away if you think a child has swallowed a magnet.
Know the name of all household plants in your home; remove any poisonous plants from your house and yard.
Remember that child-resistant is not child-proof. Layer the protection: re-seal and lock up, out of sight and reach.

For more information, the media may contact Loreeta Canton, AAPCC communications manager, at 703.894.1863 or canton@aapcc.org or Brett Schuster, communications assistant, at 703.894.1859 or schuster@aapcc.org.

The AAPCC supports the nations 57 poison centers in their efforts to treat and prevent drug, consumer product, animal, environmental and food poisoning. Members staff the Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 that provides free, confidential, expert medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year from toxicology specialists, including nurses, pharmacists, physicians and poison information providers. In addition, the AAPCC maintains the only poison information and surveillance database in the United States, providing real-time monitoring of unusual poisoning patterns, chemical exposures and other emerging public health hazards. The AAPCC partners with federal agencies such as EPA, HRSA and the CDC, as well as private industry.

To learn more, visit http://www.aapcc.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or read our blog at aapcc.wordpress.com.

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Restoration Local Warns That Children Are At Higher Risk From The Dangers Of Mold

Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) October 21, 2012

Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is warning parents that their children may be at greater risk from the dangers posed by residential mold growth. While mold may be a health hazard to all family members, children are more susceptible due to the fact that their immune systems are not fully developed.

If a child is suffering from allergy symptoms, there is a very good possibility that mold in the home is one of the triggers. These allergic symptoms may range from mild to severe, and are the result of mold spores being touched and / or inhaled.

Mold develops and grows in any area that is damp, with many types of mold growing on wet surfaces. Others may grow on food and fabrics. There are several species of mold, and while not all of them are toxic, those that are will trigger reactions in anyone who comes into contact with them.

Children and exposure to mold should be taken quite seriously, as mold related allergies may develop into something more serious over time. It is important that the mold be removed from the childs environment and the area properly treated to prevent it from returning.

Mold allergies in children may include milder symptoms such as dark circles under the eyes, fatigue, stuffy sinuses, runny noses, and irritability. If the problem is allowed to progress, they may experience hives, anaphylactic shock, and in some rare cases, even death. The most severe reactions almost always require medical attention, while mild cases may be treated with a daily antihistamine prescribed by the family doctor.

Mold must not only be removed from the home, but the environment treated in order to prevent future infestations. Commercial mold remediation services are available that are equipped to kill the mold, and then work on improving ventilation and reducing moisture and humidity levels in the area where the mold was found. By making the environment hostile to mold growth, it becomes possible to ward off any recurrence of the problem.

Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the lead mold removal and remediation companies in the US, with service providers in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.