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Is Your Family Really Safe And Secure?

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National Center For Missing & Exploited Children and KidSmartz.org

Internet, Mobile Phones, and Texting Safety

Children need parental supervision from the day they are born to the day they turn 18-years-of-age. All it takes is one minute alone with the wrong person to seriously alter their once-bright future.
Be the parent your Child deserves.
~ Robert StrongBow ~

Internet, Mobile Phones, and Texting Safety
Tips for Kids

  • Do not post personal information online (name, age, birth date, address, telephone number, or school name).  This information can be used by others to find out where you and your family live.
  • Do not post your picture or pictures of your family online – they can be copied or changed or used to find you.
  • Do not send any inappropriate photo or message by email or text.
  • Do not post your plans and activities in a chat room or on your personal website.
  • Do not post entries that make it clear that no one is at your home.
  • Do not communicate with someone who has made you uncomfortable or afraid.  Tell your parents or a trusted adult if someone does.
  • Do not join online groups or games without talking to your parents.
  • Do not meet with someone you met online without first telling your parents or guardian.
  • Do not post hurtful or inappropriate messages.  If someone else posts hurtful or inappropriate messages — do not respond, but do tell a teacher, parent or other adult.
  • Do not click on any link that you do not know, and you are not sure is legitimate.
  • Do not buy any “apps” or “in app” purchases without talking to your parents or guardian.
  • Do not enable any location services without talking to your parents or guardian.
  • Do remember that people can lie online and say they are something they are not.  Someone who says they are a 12-year-old girl could really be an older man looking to harm you.
  • Do save messages that upset you and show them to your parents.
  • Do share your password with your parents.
  • Do visit http://www.netsmartz.org/ to learn more about Internet safety.

Internet, Mobile Phones, and Texting Safety Tips
for Parents

  • Do teach your child not to post identifying information on the Internet.
  • Do set a limit for how much time your child can spend online.
  • Do keep the computer in a public room in the house.  Do not have an Internet-connected computer in your child’s bedroom.
  • Do utilize parental controls provided by your Internet Service Provider and/or blocking software. (Contact your Internet ISP if you have questions).
  • Do talk to your children about purchasing “in app” products.
  • Do talk to your child about using any location services on their device.
  • Do periodically review your child’s computer, emails and messages.  You should have all of your children’s passwords.
  • Do spend time with your child online.  Have them show you their favorite online destinations.  Get to know your child’s online friends as you would their real-life friends.  Learn to navigate the web.
  • Do know who they text and email.  Most providers have online ways to identify frequent contacts so you can see if someone new appears as a contact.
  • Do monitor your child’s access to the Internet and texting.
  • Do talk to your child about the danger of Internet predators.
  • Do watch for unexplained changes in your child’s behavior.
  • Do NOT hesitate to seek help from law enforcement if you think a predator may be targeting your child.

For more helpful Internet safety information, please visit http://www.netsmartz.org/.  Netsmartz.org has age appropriate videos, activities, and information for students in elementary school, middle school, and high school.

Resources:

NetSmartz Workshop
http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents
A Program Of The
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
http://www.missingkids.com

United States Department of Justice

Volunteer Gave Children Cell Phones To Record Themselves

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The odd thing is how organized the “Club” was.

MD teacher’s aide gave kids phones to record themselves, sources say

WASHINGTON — The former Prince George’s County teacher’s aide accused of making child pornography reportedly gave cellphones to elementary school students to record themselves, sources say.

Deonte Carraway, who volunteered at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary, gave cellphones to at least several students to videotape themselves, a source close to the investigation tells NBC 4.

Carraway, 22, is accused of taping children ages 9-13 performing sex acts at the school and other places.

Police say he had dozens of videos and admitted making explicit videos of children.  According to police, 17 victims have come forward.

Carraway was arrested Feb. 5 and is charged with 10 felony counts of manufacturing child pornography, child sex abuse and second degree sexual offense.  He’s being held on $1 million bond.

NBC 4 reports changes are being made at the school.

The school now has a School Resource Officer and is installing 26 cameras inside the school.  Visitors also have to show identification, and a new acting principal has been announced since Principal Michelle Williams was put on administrative leave.

Say YES To Winston’s Law In Alabama

abama District Attorney
District Attorney Randall Houston

Child Abuse Legislation ‘Winston’s Law’
Gets Start In Legislature

Featured on My Brother’s Keeper, December 15, 2015

Alabama  –  District Attorney Randall Houston hopes that an early start in the effort to strengthen punishment in aggravated child abuse cases makes all the difference.

He recalls how it took three years for a bill to change the boating under the influence law to work its way through the Legislature.  He pursued that bill after a series of fatal boating under the influence accidents occurred in his circuit.

“We hope Winston’s Law can make it through the House and Senate quickly this session and go on to the governor’s desk for his signature.”  Houston, who represents Autauga, Chilton and Elmore counties, said.  “We have picked up strong support for the bill.”

Named for the now 5-year-old boy who is at the center of a high-profile Elmore County child abuse case, Winston’s Law would make aggravated child abuse cases where the victim is 6 years old or younger a Class A felony.  Reserved for the most serious crimes in the state, Class A felonies have a punishment range of 10 to 99 years to life in prison.

Aggravated child abuse is now a Class B felony, with a punishment range of 2 to 20 years in prison.

The District Attorneys Association of Alabama and Child Protect have endorsed the bill.  Rep. Paul Beckman, R- Prattville, and state Sen. Clyde Chambliss Jr., R- Prattville, are sponsoring the bill.

In September Winston was found unresponsive in the back of Scott Hicks’ vehicle in the parking lot of the Bay County, Fla., courthouse, where Hicks went to clear up some unrelated warrants.

After deputies found Winston in the vehicle, Hicks, 38, was charged with aggravated child abuse.  He remains in the Bay County Jail.  The investigation shows that the abuse occurred in Elmore County.  His mother, Hallee McLeod, 29, was recently indicted by the Elmore County Grand Jury on charges of aggravated child abuse and chemical endangerment of a child.  Hicks and McLeod, boyfriend and girlfriend, are both Wetumpka residents, Houston said

She remains in the Elmore County Jail under bonds totaling $300,000, jail records show.  She could not be reached for comment and courthouse records show she doesn’t have an attorney.  Houston said Hicks will face similar charges in Elmore County, when the charges against him in Florida adjudicated.

Hicks was a co-owner of Spa Rejuvenate which had locations in Prattville and Montgomery.  McLeod was the manager of the Prattville location.  The Alabama Board of Message Therapy suspended the business license for the Prattville location and entered a non-renewal order for the license at the Montgomery location after the couple’s arrest.

At the time Sheriff Bill Franklin called the physical abuse Winston went through “the worst I have seen.”

“It certainly is the worst I have seen, where the child lived,” said Houston, a veteran prosecutor.”

Winston is now with his father, Joey Crampton, and making a “remarkable” recovery.

“Winston is in a loving, supporting environment and from all signs is doing much better than any of us could have ever hoped,” Houston said.  “He has several more medical procedures that he is facing, and he may well face emotional troubles given the horrific abuse he went through.

“But now he is doing very well, and for that we are all very thankful.”

If passed, Winston’s Law will not be in effect for his case, since McLeod and Hicks were charged before the law was enacted.

“If anything good can come out of a bad situation, it is ensuring that justice is for everyone going forward,” Crampton wrote on the Facebook page JusticeForWinston.  “If we can have a law that protects people, humanity, children especially, that to me is what justice is about.”