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Online Bullying Doubling

Posted by Sandra On November - 15 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

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 ADD COMMENTS

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.”

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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

Enable Safety To Prevent Child Abduction

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.

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT CHILD ABUSE RECOVERY

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Cases

Posted by Sandra On August - 11 - 2014 Comments Off

Did these moms allegedly hurt their kids for attention?

imagesWhat seemingly loving mother would want to intentionally hurt her child? According to experts, a disorder called “Münchausen syndrome by proxy” is a form of child abuse that causes a parent to do just that. Munchausen by proxy syndrome (MBPS) is a relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the exaggeration or fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by a primary caretaker. Also known as “medical child abuse,” MBPS was named after Baron von Munchausen, an 18th-century German dignitary known for making up stories about his travels and experiences in order to get attention. “By proxy” indicates that a parent or other adult is fabricating or exaggerating symptoms in a child, not in himself or herself. Munchausen by proxy syndrome is a mental illness and requires treatment. Find out more by taking a look at these alleged Munchausen by Proxy possible cases. READ MORE HERE

 

Good Touch-Bad Touch Book

Posted by Sandra On August - 5 - 2014 Comments Off

4f2828d58f45b89aca2318dbc4551ca9Research has shown, along with parents and caregivers, many educators are unaware of the signs, symptoms and prevention of childhood sexualabuse adding to the rapid and ever rising statistics. This is unacceptable with over 60 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the United States affecting 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys. Many parents and caregivers have trouble talking to their young children about their bodies. Small children are notorious for asking questions that make parents squirm, especially when it comes to sexuality. Sex education and sexual awareness is a topic many parents and caregivers would prefer to avoid, but with childhood sexual abuse statistics at an all time high; it is one of the most important talks a parent or caregiver can have with their child. READ MORE HERE

 

Inside the Minds of Pedophiles

Posted by Sandra On July - 31 - 2014 Comments Off

dopamineseratoninMost people imagine pedophiles as ugly old men dressed in trench coats, hiding in the bushes, waiting to snatch young children off the street. However, recent television shows, such as To Catch a Predator, have exposed pedophiles as local neighbors, trusted friends, clergy, babysitters, teachers, and even family members. Conceptions about pedophiles have been changing rapidly, and pedophilia has recently become a topic of increased awareness and concern. Not only do television shows expose pedophiles, but there are new sexual offender disclosure laws, websites that track convicted sexual offenders, and more investigations of pedophilia, especially after the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Yet children still remain vulnerable to sexual offenders regardless of their public facade. The increasing attention on pedophilia has caused many Americans to question what this disorder entails, its characteristics, and what type of treatment should be sought for abusers. What is pedophilia? Do people choose to be pedophiles or are they born that way? This post will address these questions. READ MORE HERE

Protect Your Child From Abuse

Posted by Sandra On July - 28 - 2014 Comments Off

imagesChildren depend on many adults as they grow up. Parents, relatives, teachers and child care workers all provide children with love, support and guidance. No one wants to see children grow up with fear, anger or neglect. But no one is born knowing how to care for children. Sometimes we make mistakes that hurt them. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a relative or a caregiver, you can make a difference and help the children you love grow up in a caring, loving environment. Adults don’t have to be perfect, just willing to listen, learn, grow and change.

Protecting Our Children From Abuse and Neglect

Child Sexual Abuse: Ten Ways to Protect Your Kids

Protect Your Child from a Predator – Parents.com

What can I do? Protecting your child from sexual abuse

How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse

Back-to-School Safety Tips

Posted by Sandra On July - 26 - 2014 Comments Off

How to keep your kids safe

download (1)It’s hard to believe until you enter any store–school is almost back in session! And while most parents keep a close eye on back-to-school sales, and tax-free holidays, it’s also a good time to refresh yourself on how to keep your children safe!

Backpacks

They may be all the rage, but getting your child’s new back-to-school book bag personalized with his or her name could be a safety mistake this fall. The younger the child, the more vulnerable they could actually be. “Strangers are people who we don’t know and who don’t know us,” says frequent Nancy Grace guest and president of the KlaasKids Foundation Marc Klaas. Klaas’ 12-year-old daughter Polly was brutally murdered. His goal now is to create a legacy in Polly’s name to stop crimes against children.  READ MORE HERE

Back to School Safety – National Safety Council

Back to School Tips and Checklist

Youth Safety Tips Back to School Checklist

SafeDragon: Back-To-School Safety Checklist

Safety Checklist Program for Schools

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Children Abusing Other Children

Posted by Sandra On July - 22 - 2014 Comments Off

What drives a child to commit sexual abuse?

111004030944-bullyproof-kids-story-topA unique insight into why young children sexually abuse other children is to be revealed in a ground-breaking study. The research, which has yet to be formally published, was on boys aged 10 or under who have molested siblings, classmates, or friends. It found that they are invariably born into families in which abuse, violence and neglect has become routine over several generations. The peer-reviewed study found that the boys were unable to form healthy relationships as a result of neglectful and hostile parenting. Even before starting school, they were anxious, angry and detached; bed-wetting, nightmares, self-harm and eating problems were common. READ MORE HERE

 

Why do some children sexually harm others?

Teaching Your Child About Children Who Sexually Abuse

See our Warning Signs section if you’re concerned about behavior between and among children and adolescents.

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Abuse Reports Have Increased 20%

Posted by Sandra On July - 17 - 2014 Comments Off

Sex abuse crimes reported to police up 20% in a year as ‘Savile effect’ encourages victims to come forward

1405604165309_wps_7_Picture_Device_IndependenHigh profile allegations of abuse by Jimmy Savile and other celebrities have triggered a 20 per cent surge in sex assaults reported to police. New figures released today show police were told of 64,200 sexual offences in the year to March, with officials crediting the publicity around historic allegations for encouraging victims to come forward. It also emerged police are failing to solve half of crimes, including nearly three quarters of cases of theft, criminal damage and arson. READ MORE HERE

Online child abuse reports surge, says US watchdog

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