We finished giving away 75 of our Internet safety books at the National Night Out. And almost as many cupcakes and cookies. It was a success. We also made contacts for our free presentations.
National Night Out
Silverdale, Wa YMCA
Aug 2nd, 5-7:30 pm
Dec 2021 Our Internet Safety Book Wins Two Awards
Dec 2021 The Effects of Porn
"The 19-year-old “Ocean Eyes” singer said during an interview with provocative shock jock Howard Stern, "As a Woman I Think Porn is a Disgrace.'
"Pop singer Billie Eilish is condemning pornography as a scourge on society.
“I started watching porn when I was 11,” she explained to Stern, who is known for his frequent objectification of women. “I didn’t understand why it was a bad thing. I thought that’s how you learn how to have sex.”
"Eilish went on to reveal the myriad ways pornography harmed her:
"I think it really destroyed my brain and I feel incredibly devastated that I was exposed to so much porn. I think that I had sleep paralysis, and these almost like night terrors, just nightmares. I think that’s how they started, because I would just watch abusive [pornography] and that’s what I thought was attractive, and it got to a point where I couldn’t watch anything unless it was violent, and I didn’t think it was attractive." (www.faithwire.com/2021/12/15)
Gene’s webinar on Internet Safety, hosted by Shared Hope, is available for free replay; click here. Attendees asked the following questions, and we include Gene’s answers.
Q: Parents can get Parent's Dashboard only through safety apps. Is that correct?
A: Yes, each app has its own dashboard to control settings for that app.
Q: Safety boxes and apps are separate or both same? Do we need to pay for apps if we have the box?
A: The Internet WiFi Filter safety boxes from Gryphon and Bark come with an app/dashboard that controls settings within the home. At a one-time $99 cost, this is a deal. The software apps that go on cellphones are $49 a year and are separate. Disney Circle bundles both together for $129 a year. Bark Premium and Canopy, which provide more levels of security, cost more.
Q: Schools blocking technologies are notoriously weak. Could schools adopt these technologies as well as families?
A: Yes, and many schools do already. Gryphon makes WiFi Filter boxes in larger sizes to cover larger areas. The sneak path around all router boxes is to turn off WiFi and connect to a cell tower. We still need students to put their phones in boxes during class.
Q: What are VPNs, and how do they interact with these technologies since they block cookies?
A: Virtual Private Networks hide the user’s identity, which prevents websites from collecting data. VPNs also get around almost all forms of censoring. Both features make them attractive for pedophiles etc. We are not fans of VPNs for minors, and parents should be sure none are active for their children.
Q: What can someone do if they find out their pictures have been shared without their permission?
A: Not a lot. You can use the photo to search the Internet for sites that have it, then ask the website to remove the image. They may or may not comply. You can do almost nothing if the photo is saved to private computers or is on the Dark Net. It is better to prevent rather than try to clean up. The whole issue of who owns modified images is hotly debated with few laws for protection.
Q: Do you have resources you can share for having conversations with children and youth about being safe online?
A: DefendYoungMinds.com offers Good Pictures, Bad Pictures, as two books for two age groups to prepare children to deal with porn. They also have curriculum and guides for various parents and schools. SharedHope.org also has material to help in discussions with children. Missingkids.org/Netsmartz has videos and tools for children and free curriculums to help parents and schools prepare minors to deal with many Internet issues. Our book on Internet safety gives parents facts they can share with their children. Go to the resource page here.
Aug 2021 Discount on Canopy (Now Expired)
Summer is coming to an end, and that means your kid's hectic school schedule is back! Use Canopy to keep them safe wherever they take their devices. That's why we're giving you the chance to test drive Canopy for 30-days free AND 20% off FOR LIFE! Try out our porn blocking, sexting deterrence, app management, and location tracking all at once!
- Click the link below
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- Complete registration
August 2021 Webinar
Gene will present on pornography, sexting, and teens on adult dating sites. Then cover advances in tools parents can use to protect their children. And Three Things Technology Could Do to protect children online. Follow this link to sign up for the free webinar.
July 6 2021 Watching Porn Does Not Pay
Tacoma – A 37-year-old Tacoma man, Brandon Culp, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 90 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release for receipt of child pornography. Culp was previously caught and convicted in a sting where he sought to have sex with a child. June 22, 2021
Seattle – Johnathon R. Umphlett, a registered sex offender originally from Arkansas, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography. Umphlett had a previous conviction for raping a child. June 21, 2021
April 3 2021
2021 Gene is presenting Keep Children Safe on the Internet, April 21st, on Zoom. Register for free at https://withoutpermission.org/events.
March 12, 2021 Danger of Dating Sites
Anthony Vernon Weber, 32, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and child rape. An unhappy 12-year-old girl threatened to run away, then posted as an adult on dating websites. The man picked her up, took her to his house in Poulsbo and had sex with her. (Kitsap Sun, Mar 10, 2021)
Key points are:
- Unhappy 12-year-old-vulnerability
- At home doing virtual school-opportunity
- Lied to get on dating website-danger
- Pedophile takes advantage of her-crime
January 2, 2021 Human Trafficking Awareness Month
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Gene and Sandy Hill are the directors of Freedom13.org, an organization dedicated to ending the sex trafficking of minors. Sex trafficking of minors in America is their focus, especially using social media to approach, harass, and market minors. They have developed strategies to help protect children of all ages, which they share in their new book, Parents, Technology, Lawmakers, Let’s Keep Children Safe on the Internet! The book is available on Amazon, and profits will be donated to help protect children. Starting in January, they will share these strategies in free Zoom meetings with interested groups. If you have a group who wants to have a Zoom meeting, please email them at ContactUs@Freedom13.org.
They are passionate about getting the word out because they want children safe on the Internet. They ask you to share this link with five other people who have a heart for children.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Visa & Mastercard Stop Supporting Pornhub
Pornhub is the largest provider of online pornography, and they do not require proof of age to have an account. The Nation Center on Sexual Exploitation listed Visa on their Dirty Dozen of businesses facilitating sexual exploitation. After an investigative report by New York Times found Pornhub was showing and downloading actual rapes and child pornography, Visa and Mastercard suspended transactions with Pornhub. Pornhub is scrambling to control video sources, but has not implemented age verification.
Saturday, December 5, 2020
Washington Sex Education
If you are concerned about the Washington State Sex Education Curriculum and the defeat of R90, as we are, you need to be aware of Initiative 1109.
Initiative 1109 will require that:
- Any sex education program adopted must be “opt-in”
- Local School Boards and parents choose the sex education programming - not the State
- Sexual health will only be offered in grades 5 - 12
- Curriculum materials must be available online for citizen review
- Curriculum content must be able to be broadcast on public media
- Primary prevention/optimal health/sexual risk-taking avoidance behaviors be taught
Learn more at www.commonsensesexed.com
Monday, October 26, 2020
Today, October 26th our new book
is available on Amazon. Writing this book was a labor of love for our community because we want to equip families with the information needed to protect your children online from sex traffickers and predators. We take you step by step on how to provide layers of protection for your loved ones. We included strategies to protect preschool through high school and discuss virtual schools.
Friday, October 2, 2020
Parents, Technology, Lawmakers, Let's Keep Children Safe on the Internet! Best Practices to Fight Sex Trafficking will be available at Amazon.com this month, October 2020.
Friday, September 19, 2020