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OpenDNS Helps Thousands of Schools and Libraries Achieve CIPA Compliance Without Exhausting Technology Budgets

San Francisco (PRWEB) November 10, 2007

OpenDNS, the award-winning DNS service that makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced the successes thousands of schools and libraries across the United States have experienced using the free service to meet the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). A federal law enacted by Congress in 2000, CIPA addresses concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. OpenDNS is the world’s largest, fastest-growing DNS service.

While other Web content filtering products and services are sold to schools and libraries, exhausting their technology budgets, OpenDNS is free. Compared head-to-head, OpenDNS performs all of the same Web content filtering functions as the leading subscription products and services.

“As budgets tighten, regulations grow, and K-12 Internet filtering becomes more complex, free services like OpenDNS are fast becoming mission-critical tools that schools rely on to help deliver safe and effective Internet access to their staff and students,” said Jim Klein, Director Information Services & Technology for Saugus Union School District, OpenDNS user and highly respected technology innovator.

CIPA imposes certain types of requirements on any school or library wanting to receive funding support for Internet access or internal connections. In early 2001, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued rules implementing CIPA including the requirement of an Internet Safety Policy. Such a policy must include technology protection measures to block or filter Internet access to content that is obscene, considered to be child pornography or is harmful to minors, on all computers that are accessed by minors. OpenDNS answers this need by offering free and airtight Web content filtering that schools and libraries use to secure their networks and keep kids protected from unsafe content.

“OpenDNS is rooted in the belief that a safe Internet shouldn’t be something that’s unavailable to kids, but dealing with a restrictive budget makes running a network for a learning institution and keeping kids safe online challenging,” said David Ulevitch, OpenDNS CEO. “By using OpenDNS, network administrators can free budget to explore other innovative technologies that make the Internet experience better for the kids on their network. We’re thrilled to be providing such an excellent and valuable service to network administrators at schools and libraries.”

About OpenDNS

OpenDNS makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable. Based in San Francisco, the company operates a large distributed network that powers a new kind of recursive DNS (Domain Name System) service that provides all Internet users increased security, reliability and performance. OpenDNS is thoroughly committed to building and operating the best DNS platform in the world and to improving the Internet. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit: http://www.opendns.com


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.


Fieldhouse Media Offers Universities Social Media Monitoring Without Violating the Privacy of Student-Athletes

Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) March 07, 2012

There has been a lot of criticism in recent weeks about the tactics used by several universities and the consultants hired to monitor student-athlete social media activity. Should a bill recently introduced in Maryland become law, some of these practices would become illegal.

Fortunately for universities which still want peace of mind about how their students are using social media, Fieldhouse Media provides an alternative.

Fieldhouse Media, a firm established to educate student-athletes on how to properly use social media, announced in January its social media monitoring service called FieldTrack. According to founder Kevin DeShazo, Fieldhouse can monitor student-athletes’ online activity while respecting their privacy

“It’s unfortunate that some in this industry have chosen to operate in such an invasive manner. FieldTrack is designed to protect the image of the student-athlete, while also respecting their privacy. We never have access to their private information.”

DeShazo says that FieldTrack is an extension of the education and training provided by Fieldhouse. “Monitoring is necessary, but it should exist to supplement education. And it has to realize that, while yes it is the internet, there can be some privacy. I wanted a program that I would be comfortable with, should a school use it to monitor my child.”

Bradley Shear, co-author of the Maryland bill, stated in a recent MSNBC article that while schools certainly have reason to be concerned with what student-athletes are posting online, that they should “deal with that issue the way they deal with everything else. They should educate.”

DeShazo continues, “Education really is the key. It has to start there. Everything we do, from education to monitoring, is geared toward helping student-athletes make better decisions online.”

About Fieldhouse Media:

Founded in 2011, Fieldhouse Media is a leader in social media education for student-athletes. With the perspective that social media is a valuable and powerful tool, Fieldhouse Media partners with athletic departments to educate student-athletes on how to use social media in a positive way. Through FieldTrack, they monitor social media activity to help protect the online image of student-athletes.

To learn more about Fieldhouse Media, contact Kevin DeShazo directly at:





Collaborative Divorce Expert & Author Mark Springfield Launches Divorce Without Drama Video Series for Couples

Raleigh, North Carolina (PRWEB) December 18, 2012

Mark A. Springfield, founder of Springfield Collaborative Divorce, a North Carolina family law firm, says name-calling, mud-slinging and insult-throwing do not have to be the norm when a couple decides to divorce. Springfield just launched a 4-part series titled Divorce Without Drama co-produced with fellow collaborative attorney and business partner Kerry Burleigh. The series tackles the tough topics related to divorce including handling money, helping children cope, and rebuilding life post-divorce.

In launching the Divorce Without Drama video series, Springfield and Burleigh, along with child psychologist Brian Mackey, PhD and financial planner Michael Kothakota, CFA, demystify the collaborative divorce method and discuss misconceptions and concerns that include:

NorthStar Alarm Goes One Day Without Shoes to Help Children

Orem, UT (PRWEB) April 16, 2013

NorthStar Alarm goes one day without shoes for the second time to raise awareness for the millions of children that go without shoes daily. The campaign “One Day Without Shoes” is an annual event sponsored by TOMS Shoes. TOMS’ asks people to go without shoes for one day to experience what children all over the world experience every day.

This year the campaign is focused on education. Rally signs can be found posted all over, with sayings like, “when children are provided school uniforms and shoes, attendance can increase up to 62%.” Also, “children affected with hookworm earn up to 40% less in adulthood.”

TOMS’ business model is to give one pair of shoes to an impoverished child, for each pair of TOMS’ shoes that is purchased. Thus the phrase “One for One” is well known. They have given shoes to children in more than 40 countries. Since 2011, TOMS’ also saves some of that profit to help save or restore eyesight to people in those countries.

NorthStar Alarm wanted to support the cause for a second time. They participated last year, 2012, in the event as well. Employees were encouraged to go without wearing shoes for the entire day of April 16. NorthStar customers were also encouraged to go without their shoes, and both employees and customers were given the chance to win a TOMS gift card by posting a photo of their bare feet on NorthStar’s Facebook page.

We are excited to be participating in the One Day Without Shoes project,” Director of Sales for NorthStar, Adam Bailey, said. “One of our core values at NorthStar is service, and it is something we take seriously. We pride ourselves on service to customers, to fellow employees, and also to those who stand in need. Our employees have diverse experience with humanitarian work across the world, and we all recognize the importance of giving back and raising awareness with initiatives like this one.

About NorthStar Alarm

NorthStar Alarm Services, LLC, an authorized dealer of Honeywell Security Products, provides elite home security systems that are the most advanced and user-friendly on the market. Having the equipment, relationships, and reputation that families have been able to count on since NorthStar was founded in 2000, NorthStar continues to grow and protect residents in more than 20 states across the U.S. With a 24-7 support staff, rapid response monitoring, well-trained technicians, and professional consultants, NorthStar Alarm exists to provide security and peace of mind through quality products and superior service.

About TOMS’ Shoes

In 2006 TOMS’ was founded by Blake Mycoskie. TOMS’ business model is to give one pair of shoes to a needy child for every pair of shoes that is sold. In 2011, TOMS’ introduced TOMS’ Eyewear. For each pair of sunglasses that is sold, some of that profit is put into a reserve to help restore and aid the eyesight of people in developing countries. While Mycoskie was in Argentina, he saw thousands of children running around without shoes. He learned about the lack of shoes for those children and soon discovered that it was an issue in other developing countries as well. The impact of being barefoot for those children was larger than Mycoskie expected, ranging from not being able to attend school to diseases. He returned home to the United States and began working on his idea to create a company that would help children in need.

Health Care Without Harm and Boston Public Health Commission Honored for Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Initiative

Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 12, 2013

Health Care Without Harm and the Boston Public Health Commission were honored at the 2013 annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), for developing and implementing a program that demonstrates exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local public health need. The Boston Hospital Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SBB) Learning Network was one of 38 public health programs developed nationwide in collaboration with a public health department and selected to receive NACCHOs Model Practice Award.

The Boston Hospital Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Learning Network brought together Boston health care organizations in a collaborative yet competitive environment to reduce obesity rates by reducing access to SSBs and increasing access to healthier tap water as a part of a comprehensive Healthy Food in Health Care Program. Over a 14-month period, 10 participating hospitals successfully employed a variety of strategies to reduce access to and promotion of SSBs within their institutions. Hospital representatives participated in regular meetings, through which they received technical assistance and resources, shared progress and best practices, and addressed challenges and obstacles in a peer-learning forum.

Were honored to join Health Care Without Harm in accepting this award, said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. Overconsumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is literally a growing problem for people in America, and we need to develop collaborative and creative strategies that make our food environment healthier. Our learning network is a fantastic example of how we can work together towards a common goal that still allows for customized approaches among our partners.

This successful approach showcases the critical importance of aligning efforts between public-private organizations to implement upstream changes to impact public health,” said Stacia Clinton, RD. LDN., Healthy Food in Health Care Program Coordinator, Health Care Without Harm. Due to its massive buying power, and its mission-driven interest in health, the health care sector can assist in reconfiguring the food system to prioritize illness prevention through shifts in product purchasing and promoting healthy consumption trends. Hospitals and health care systems can serve as leaders by setting a standard for other institutions to follow and by supporting necessary public policy interventions as they relate to food and beverages.

Each innovative project receiving the award was peer-reviewed (by other local health department professionals) and selected from a group of 101 applications. Since 2003, NACCHOs Model Practice Awards program has honored initiativesincluding programs, resources, and toolsthat demonstrate how local health departments and their community partners can effectively collaborate to address local public health concerns. The Boston Hospital Learning Network is now part of an online, searchable database of successful public health practices in areas ranging from immunization and maternal and child health to infectious diseases and emergency preparedness. This award puts Health Care Without Harm and the Boston Public Health Commission into special companya select group of public health organizations that exemplify a forward thinking, proactive attitude toward protecting and promoting the health of communities across the nation.

Heath Care without Harm (HCWH) is an international coalition of more than 500 organizations in 53 countries, working to transform the health care sector, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment. See http://www.noharm.org. To learn more about HCWHs Healthy Food in Health Care Program, visit our website at http://www.healthyfoodinhealthcare.org.

The Boston Public Health Commission, the countrys oldest health department, provides a wide range of health services and programs to the people of Boston. Public service and access to quality health care are the cornerstones of our mission – to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly those who are most vulnerable to poor health outcomes. Visit http://www.BPHC.org to learn more or follow us on twitter @HealthyBoston.

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation’s 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. For more information about the NACCHO Model Practice Awards and to view a list of other award winners, go to http://www.naccho.org.

Misunderstandings About Life Insurance Has Michigan Residents Going Without – Emil Rummel Agency Educates Residents on the Importance of Life Insurance

Frankenmuth, MI (PRWEB) October 15, 2013

While 85% of Americans agree that life insurance is necessary, only 60% of American adults have life insurance, according to a 2013 study by LIMRA. For Americans, buying life insurance may be one of the most important decisions they make. Aside from providing financial security, life insurance can also provide personal peace of mind and protection for families. Planning ahead and purchasing the right type of life insurance is one of the most significant things an individual can do for their future.

With 3 in 10 American households being uninsured, the local agents at Emil Rummel Agency are concerned. The agency wants Michigan residents to understand life insurance and get the protection they need. Since the top two reasons people do not buy life insurance are related to finances, it is important to understand how the cost of life insurance is determined.

The cost of a premium rate for a life insurance policy typically has two factors:


Xulon Announces Guardians Without Wings” by Robert and Miriam Fertig; A True Story about How the System of Justice Works to Protect Our Children Based on Author Cases

Clearwater, Florida (PRWEB) May 02, 2012

Xulon Announces Guardians Without Wings” by Robert and Miriam Fertig; A true story about how the system of justice works to protect our children based on author cases.

Guardians Without Wings by the Fertigs says, “We call them Without Wings, because they lack sufficient resources and government financial support to perform this vital work to protect and save our children.”

What are the key causes of parental failure in the author’s opinion?