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State-by-State Child Deaths

Posted by Sandra On December - 18 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

30528-enzThe Associated Press asked all 50 states, the District of Columbia and military services to provide information on children who died of abuse or neglect over a six-year span, even as authorities were investigating them or their families or providing some form of protective services. The overall tally for children who died under such circumstances was 786.

Here is the list of U.S. child deaths (6-year time span):

Alabama: 10 deaths, from fiscal year 2009 through 2013 (missing 2008)

Alaska: 4, from 2008 through 2013

Arkansas: 18, from 2008 through 2013 (missing 2009)

Colorado: 18, from 2008 through 2013

Connecticut: 13, from 2008 through 2013

District of Columbia: 4, from 2008 through 2013

Florida: 117, from 2009 through 2013 (missing 2008)

Hawaii: 1, from fiscal year 2008 through 2013

Idaho: 0, from fiscal year 2008 through 2013

Illinois: 33, from fiscal year 2008 through 2013

Indiana: 7, from fiscal year 2008 through 2013

Iowa: 2, from fiscal year 2008 through 2013

Kansas: 10, from fiscal year 2008 through 2013

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Child Sex Offender Grooming

Posted by Sandra On December - 14 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The grooming process

child traffickingStudies of sexual offenders have found that deliberate tactics are often used to select victims and engage them in sexual abuse. This is described as the grooming process. Sexual offenders have often claimed to identify vulnerable children – for example, those who are less able to tell about the abuse, or who are unhappy or needy. There are a number of specific techniques that offenders use to mask their behavior prior to the assault, as well as during and after the assault. Many deliberately establish themselves as the kind of person you wouldn’t suspect to be a sex offender because they are “too nice” or an upstanding person in the community who helps a lot of people out. This is a powerful tactic as it allows offenders to become embedded in a community and be involved in a number of socially responsible activities such as youth groups, churches and schools, which can give the offender access to a number of potential victims without ever being suspected. This double life causes parents and others to drop their guards and to allow access to their children without suspecting anything. It is important to also note, that the majority of offenders are known to the family, and too often are family members. READ MORE HERE

Child Abuse Categories

Posted by Sandra On December - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Types of child abuse

Little Girl and Scary Shadow on WhiteChild abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. While physical abuse might be the most visible, other types of abuse, such as emotional abuse and neglect, also leave deep, lasting scars. The earlier abused children get help, the greater chance they have to heal and break the cycle—rather than perpetuate it. By learning about common signs of abuse and what you can do to intervene, you can make a huge difference in a child’s life. Child abuse and neglect occurs in a range of situations, for a range of reasons. Children are rarely subject to one form of abuse at a time. Adults can experience a range of psychological, emotional and social problems related to childhood abuse.

Cyberstalking and Harassment Laws

Posted by Sandra On December - 8 - 2014 Comments Off

NATIONAL CYBERSTALKING AND CYBERHARASSMENT LAWS

img20121215175840607301218States have enacted “cyberstalking” or “cyberharassment” laws or have laws that explicitly include electronic forms of communication within more traditional stalking or harassment laws. In addition, recent concerns about protecting minors from online bullying or harassment have led states to enact “cyberbullying” laws. This chart identifies state laws that include specific references to electronic communication. However, other state laws may still apply to those who harass, threaten or bully others online, although specific language may make the laws easier to enforce. This chart classifies the various state laws addressing these three different types of online behaviors, as described below.

Cyberstalking.  Cyberstalking is the use of the Internet, email or other electronic communications to stalk, and generally refers to a pattern of threatening or malicious behaviors. Cyberstalking may be considered the most dangerous of the three types of Internet harassment, based on a posing credible threat of harm. Sanctions range from misdemeanors to felonies.

Cyberharassment. Cyberharassment differs from cyberstalking in that it may generally be defined as not involving a credible threat. Cyberharassment usually pertains to threatening or harassing email messages, instant messages, or to blog entries or websites dedicated solely to tormenting an individual. Some states approach cyberharrassment by including language addressing electronic communications in general harassment statutes, while others have created stand-alone cyberharassment statutes.

READ MORE HERE & SEE LAWS VIA EACH STATE

Social Media Bullying Crackdown

Posted by Sandra On December - 4 - 2014 Comments Off

Children’s e-Safety laws target social media and cyber bullying

downloadAUSTRALIA — The Federal Government has moved to crack down on cyber bullying with new legislation that targets social media sites and allows individual posts and offending material to be taken offline. The Parliamentary Secretary for Communications Paul Fletcher introduced the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014 to parliament today with the goal of protecting the 20 percent of 8-to-17 year olds that he said have been victims of bullying online. The bill also sets up a Children’s e-Safety Commissioner to police cyber bullying and keep social media sites in check. READ MORE HERE

Policies & Laws | StopBullying.gov

A Brief Review of State Cyberbullying Laws and Policies

Mother: My Son Was Groomed Online, Molested by Four Men

Posted by Sandra On December - 1 - 2014 Comments Off

bbcd3e4afa2189ecf3231c0f73c0f54bYour child being abused is every parents worst nightmare, but for one couple, it was happening right under their nose in their own home. Ben was just 13 when he became the victim of online grooming and ultimately sexual abuse by four adult men. His parents, increasingly concerned about his reclusive behavior, only discovered what was happening when they overheard a late night phone call between Ben and his abusers. What followed is a harrowing tale of not only unwinding the psychological control the groomers had over their son, but a struggle to get support and to see the abusers convicted. READ MORE HERE

 

Bullying: Words Can Kill

Posted by Sandra On November - 26 - 2014 Comments Off

A “48 Hours” special on bullying in the digital age

download (1)“You’re judged constantly,” Johnny told CBS News correspondent Tracy Smith. “Whether it’s your orientation, your clothing, your — well, how you look, you know, everything.” Since he can remember, Johnny has always been made to feel different. “Growing up, you play sports. If you don’t play sports, then you’re weird or, you know, you just don’t fit in,” he explained. “And all through my life, that’s how it’s been. I don’t fit in.” For most of his life, Lisa Cagno says her son was interested in things most boys weren’t. READ MORE HERE

Bullying at School and Online | Education.com

School Bullying – Bullying Statistics

Online Bullying Doubling

Posted by Sandra On November - 15 - 2014 Comments Off

Online bullying doubles in a year

download (1)The number of children being bullied on the internet has doubled this year, with more than one in three now victims, research suggests. In a poll of 11 to 17-year-olds, 35% reported that they have experienced cyber-bullying – compared with 16% last year. Four in 10 said they had witnessed others being picked on online – almost double the 22% recorded last year. READ MORE HERE

How to Check if Your Child is Bullied Online

Signs Your Child Is Being Bullied Online

 

Social Media=Anti-Social Kids

Posted by Sandra On November - 12 - 2014 Comments Off

Social Media = Anti-Social Kids?

images (2)Computer technology reaches the hands of kids earlier and earlier, which means they’re also stepping into the world of social media. One survey found 95 percent of teenagers ages 12-17 use the Internet. And 81 percent of those use social networks. By law, children to be at least 13 years old to join many of them, too. Those early years are key to development as kids learn how to interact with each other and the world. So what is all of that social media time doing for them socially?

“I have Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.”

“I have Instagram and Snapchat.”

“I use mostly Snapchat and Instagram and Facebook.”

“Facebook, Instagram, normal stuff.”

READ MORE HERE:

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U.S. Child Sex Trafficking

Posted by Sandra On November - 4 - 2014 Comments Off

100,000 U.S. Kids Are Sold Every Year

b1200b425eea1a0702a57837433a9983Selling children into sex trafficking may seem like a remote issue, something that happens in far-off places where kids live in extreme poverty and their rights aren’t valued. But it’s happening right here, all over the United States. And a new campaign wants people to take note that more than 100,000 children are victims of sex trafficking in America every year. ECPTAT-USA, a nonprofit that works to stop the sexual exploitation of children, recently released an eye-opening PSA that demonstrates how little most Americans know about the rampant child sex trade. READ MORE HERE

VIEW “The Faces of Trafficking” Slideshow here

Updates On Product Recalls

Posted by Sandra On November - 3 - 2014 Comments Off

a_parents_recallsThe best way to ensure you will be contacted about product recalls is to fill out and send in the registration card that comes with your product when you purchase it. If you threw away the registration card or received the product from a friend or relative as a hand-me-down, you can still check the product for recalls. Visit the product manufacturer’s website or call the toll-free number listed on the product to check on possible recalls or expired products. You will need to know the product model number and manufacturer date, which is located on a sticker on the product. READ MORE HERE

VIEW CURRENT PRODUCT RECALLS

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Toy and Product Recall Finder (parents.com)

Top 5 Dangerous Recalled Child Products

New Crib Standards: What Parents Need to Know

 

Youth, Suicide and Bullying

Posted by Sandra On October - 22 - 2014 Comments Off

WHAT’S THE CONNECTION?

1294310-LThe role of bullying in suicide among our young people has been intensely scrutinized in both media and research. As the deleterious impacts on mental and physical health for both perpetrators and targets—suicide being the most severe—become more evident, calls for framing of the problem from a public health framework have increased. A scientifically grounded educational and public health approach to both bullying and suicide prevention is required. READ MORE HERE

Bullying, violence, intimidation and suicide

Who Are Child Molesters?

Posted by Sandra On October - 15 - 2014 Comments Off

Who are Child Sexual Abusers?

Icouple-silhouettef trying to protect a child against child sexual abusers, one might want to know what to look for to indicate someone is a child predator. It would be convenient if we could spot a child abuser in a crowd to make sure they didn’t come anywhere near a child. Unfortunately, sexual abusers do not wear black hats nor can any one characteristic tell you who they are. Child abuse offenders often look, and act, just like everyone else. In fact, many times the family of the child has a relationship with the child abuser either because he (or she) is a family friend or because he is a member of the family. There is no single type of person that is a sexual abuser. Sexual abusers can be men or women of any age or socioeconomic status but are generally known by the child as only 10% of child sexual abuse cases are perpetrated by strangers. READ MORE HERE

What Causes Someone To Molest

Things You Need to Know About Child Molesters

Pedophile and Child Molester Statistics

A Profile of the Child Molester and Grooming Techniques

Helping Your Bullied Child

Posted by Sandra On October - 14 - 2014 Comments Off

What To Do When a Child Reports Bullying

imagesA bully can turn something like going to the bus stop or recess into a nightmare for kids. Bullying can leave deep emotional scars. And in extreme situations, it can involve violent threats, property damage, or someone getting seriously hurt. If your child is being bullied, you want to act to help stop it, if possible. In addition, there are ways to help your child cope with teasing, bullying, or mean gossip, and lessen its lasting impact. And even if bullying isn’t an issue right in your house right now, it’s important to discuss it so your kids will be prepared if it does happen. READ MORE HERE
What Professionals and Parents Can Do When a Child Reports Bullying

Bullying: Help your child handle a bully – Mayo Clinic

Support the Kids Involved | StopBullying.gov

 

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The Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)

Posted by Sandra On October - 9 - 2014 Comments Off

downloadThe Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) was authorized in the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which was signed into law on July 27, 2006. The responsibilities of the SMART Office include providing jurisdictions with guidance regarding the implementation of the Adam Walsh Act, and providing technical assistance to the states, territories, Indian tribes, local governments, and to public and private organizations. The SMART Office also tracks important legislative and legal developments related to sex offenders and administers grant programs related to the registration, notification, and management of sex offenders. READ MORE HERE

Dreamcatchers Resource Library – FREE eBooks

Posted by Sandra On October - 2 - 2014 Comments Off

DREAMCATCHERS RESOURCE LIBRARY

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Dreamcatchers for Abused Children has complied a comprehensive self-help resource library on all aspects of child abuse and other important child safety categories. They are offering these e-books for FREE as a PDF download to help further their mission by educating the public on child abuse awareness and prevention. These e-books offer vital information to parents, caregivers and educators depicting a variety of harmful behaviors directed against children. Each e-book will also offer important resources and pertinent toll-free numbers to the reader. All eBooks are available for immediate downloads. SEE BELOW FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF AVAILABLE EBOOKS!!

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  • FREE e-books available via LULU and AMAZON(coming soon!):
    Child Abuse
    Physical Child Abuse
    Child Sexual Abuse
    Verbal Abuse
    Child Neglect
    Child Abuse Effects
    Sexual Predators
    Intervention
    Report Child Abuse
    Child Protection
    Child Sex Abuse Prevention
    Stages of Recovery
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Shaken Baby Syndrome
    Family Incest
    Bullying
    Suicide Prevention
    Missing Children
    Family Abduction
    Child Sex Exploitation
    Rape Support
    Domestic Violence

CLICK HERE TO GO TO LULU TO DOWNLOAD

(coming soon) CLICK HERE TO GO TO AMAZON TO DOWNLOAD

20 Ways To Prevent Abuse

Posted by Sandra On September - 28 - 2014 Comments Off

What You Can Do

downloadUnrealistic expectations of parenthood, differences between what we want and what we actually have, a strained relationship with our marriage partner, too much to do and too little time, financial problems, drug abuse, alcoholism, and a history of being abused as a child are examples of problems that can cause parents to take out anger and frustration on their children. Even very loving parents can lose control to the point of child abuse. Here are some actions you can take to help children and their parents. READ MORE HERE

How to Prevent Child Abuse

10 Ways You Can Prevent Child Abuse | Childhelp

Chapter Seven: What Can Be Done to Prevent Child Abuse

 

 

Enterovirus EV-68 Respiratory Virus May Be Linked to Muscle Paralysis

Posted by Sandra On September - 27 - 2014 Comments Off

Respiratory virus probed in muscle paralysis cases in 9 Colorado kids

download (1)Health officials are investigating nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in Colorado children and whether the culprit might be a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday sent doctors an alert about the polio-like cases and said the germ – enterovirus 68 – was detected in four out of eight of the sick children who had a certain medical test. The status of the ninth case is unclear. The virus can cause paralysis but other germs can, too. Health officials don’t know whether the virus caused any of the children’s arm and leg weaknesses or whether it’s just a germ they coincidentally picked up. READ MORE HERE

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Virus probed as US kids hit by paralysis

Virus investigated after Colorado kids develop paralysis

CDC warns of polio-like cases in Colorado

Doctors warned after children stricken with polio-like symptoms

Enterovirus-68 Serious Respiratory Illness Spreading

Enterovirus outbreak continues to spread in the U.S.

Enterovirus: Think it is a cold or flu? Think again.

Respiratory illness, Enterovirus D68

 

Published on Sep 6, 2014

Enterovirus D-68 – Respiratory Virus Spreading Across The U.S. Midwest A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals In Kansas City alone about 450 children were recently treated at Children’s Mercy Hospital and at least 60 of them received intensive hospitalization Symptoms include fever body and muscles aches sneezing,coughing and rash

Clusters of Acute Respiratory Illness Associated with Human Enterovirus 68 Asia, Europe, and United States, 2008 to 2010

California health officials have documented 20 to 25 recent cases of paralysis in kids that they believe are linked to a polio-like virus—but not caused by polio itself. While that sounds pretty frightening, paralysis caused by infectious diseases is quite rare.

Some, but not all, of the children tested positive for enterovirus-68, a respiratory virus that, in rare cases, has been associated with polio-like limb paralysis and breathing problems. The California children were all vaccinated against polio, but not against enterovirus-68 which has no vaccine.

How to Spot a Child Molester

Posted by Sandra On September - 20 - 2014 Comments Off

The Stranger You Know: How to Spot a Child Molester’s Tricks

iStock_000022179003Small_700XDo you think you would be able to tell if a sexual predator was using deceptive “grooming techniques” to gain access to your child? In many instances, the red flags can practically be under our noses. Yet often, parents who learn that their child has been victimized will share the same reaction… “I had no idea… He was so nice… He didn’t look like a molester.” READ MORE HERE

Shocking New Unicef Report

Posted by Sandra On September - 13 - 2014 Comments Off

Unicef Report Details Endemic Violence Against Children

download (1)UNITED NATIONS — One in 10 girls worldwide have been forced into a sexual act, and six in 10 children ages 2 to 14 are regularly beaten by parents and caregivers, according to a report issued Thursday by the United Nations’ children’s agency, Unicef. The report, drawing on data from 190 countries, paints a picture of endemic physical and emotional violence inflicted daily on children, mostly at home and in peacetime rather than on the streets or during war. Homicide is especially common in some of the Latin American countries from which children are fleeing by the tens of thousands into the United States: It is the leading killer of adolescent boys ages 19 and under in El Salvador, Guatemala and Venezuela. Central and Eastern Europe report the lowest rates of homicide among children. READ MORE HERE

VIEW UNICEF REPORT “HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT” HERE

What Offenders Want Us to Know

Posted by Sandra On September - 9 - 2014 Comments Off

What Offenders Want You to Know

imagesFrom PARENTING SAFE CHILDREN – During the summer of 2014, I met with six groups of people who have sexually abused children: Four groups of men who, as part of their probation, attend a treatment group; one group of female offenders in their treatment program; and then one group of men in prison. I participated in these offender groups with the sole purpose of better understanding this crime so I can better equip parents and professionals to prevent it. Nearly all of the men and women were glad to have me participate because they don’t want to offend again and they want you to know how to keep children safe and to speak up on children’s behalf every chance you get. READ MORE HERE

Mystery Virus Spreading In U.S.

Posted by Sandra On September - 8 - 2014 Comments Off

Mystery respiratory virus affecting children across the U.S.

GTY_girl_wearing_oxygen_mask_jt_140907_16x9_992AOL BREAKING NEWS — More than 900 children and teenagers across Colorado have been sickened by a mysterious respiratory illness that is putting patients in hospitals’ intensive care units for treatment, according to local doctors. The disease, which is called human enterovirus 68, has not been seen previously in Denver, Dr. Raju Meyappan, who works at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, according to CBS affiliate KCNC-TV. HLN says doctors believe human enterovirus 68 may be related to a similar strain that causes the common cold. READ MORE HERE

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What parents should know about Enterovirus D68

Illinois hospital tells children not to visit due to mystery virus

Unidentified Respiratory Virus Likely to Hit Kids Across Country

Fever, coughing, mouth blisters: Hundreds of Midwest kids affected

Children’s hospitals in 10 states report spike in respiratory illnesses

Respiratory virus affecting thousands across U.S.

Mysterious Respiratory Illness Sickens More Than 1,000

Mystery Virus Hospitalizing Kids Goes from Midwest to All States

Rare Respiratory Virus Now Making Its Way Across the U.S.

Mystery Respiratory Virus Spreading in Children Across the Country 

Bizarre lung virus hospitalizing hundreds of kids across the Midwest, with 30 children admitted each day in Kansas City alone

 

The Polished Man Campaign

Posted by Sandra On August - 31 - 2014 Comments Off

Male celebrities paint their nails in a new campaign to raise awareness of violence against children

 

1409366817921_wps_27_Polished_Man_Campaign_ChrMen across the country will be sporting a colorful look on their fingernails for the first two weeks of September, as part of the Polished Man campaign which aims to raise awareness of violence against children. Participants, who will wear nail polish on one of their fingers, include AFL player Chris Judd, Logie award winner Gyton Grantley from Underbelly and House Husbands, ARIA award winner Dan Sultan and Triple M’s Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann. Grantley, who began to show his support a little earlier than required, told Daily Mail Australia: ‘I’m already sporting a nice kind of pink with blue sparkles on top’. READ MORE HERE

 

 

Keep Kids Safe From Abductors

Posted by Sandra On August - 25 - 2014 Comments Off

25 Tips to Keep Kids Safe from Abductors

child_abduction_safetyAccording to experts, the goal is to teach children basic safety skills without instilling unnecessary fears. “The last thing you want is for your child to live in constant fear, and be untrusting of most everyone,” explains Julia Cook, author of Smarter Than the Scoopers, a book written for children to provide them with the skills and confidence needed to make right choices in their daily social interactions. Child Watch of North America, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and recovery of missing, abused and exploited children, offers these important tips for children and their parents: READ MORE HERE

 

26 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe from Abduction

Preventing Abductions

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Past Abuse Affects the Present

Posted by Sandra On August - 22 - 2014 Comments Off

Past Abuse: Why do I feel this way?

4ba3d5c931de1a9371a4a7486a633f94Perhaps you’ve been struggling for years with feelings that you can’t understand or explain. Here are some of the ways sexual abuse affects a child, which can follow into adulthood. Maybe you’ll see some of yourself in the list below:

  • Self-blame: When children experience trauma,their inherent egocentrism leads them to believe that they are responsible. It’s important for them to understand and believe that the abuse was not their fault. Sexual abuse silences the victim. It takes away their voice. They live in secret, silent shame. They grow up believing their voice, opinion, and person does not matter.

Powerlessness: Children who’ve been abused have a strong sense of powerlessness. This can impair their self-image, which follows them into adulthood increasing their potential to be victimized again. The powerlessness of sexual abuse damages the body. Not only the physical body, but how they feel about their own body. Children who’ve been abused have no sense of ownership or protection of their own bodies. They assume that their bodies are for public use. This can lead to a disregard for their own safety causing them to act out sexually with others, or being re-victimized over and over.

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