This week Norton/Symantec announced that its award-winning online family safety service, Norton Online Family, will now be offered for free worldwide in 25 languages.
Previously available in English only, the new version of Norton Online Family is the first globally available free solution to give parents the comprehensive tools they need to not just block inappropriate websites, but truly connect with their children’s online lives and foster ongoing dialogue about safe Internet behaviors. According to the Norton Online Family Report, a global study that was released today, 62 percent of kids worldwide have had a negative online experience, underscoring the need for a service like Norton Online Family that helps create positive online experiences for their kids.
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“Textual Harassment” is a newer aspect of dating violence and it’s growing out of control.
Constant texts asking “Where r u?” Who r u with? Why aren’t u answering me? …are just a ping away on cell phones. And those pings can amount to hundreds per day.
A17-year-old New York girl was trying to break up with her boyfriend. Yet the texts she received were not only menacing but in one text he threatened to kill her.
A 22-year-old Virginia woman received 20 to 30 unrelentless texts a day wanting her back. Not taking no for an answer he texted and called 758 times.
For those digital pros, “Textual Harassment” is a big part of domestic violence and it’s gotten out of hand.
The victim will feel compelled to respond to the messages. Textual Harassers are obsessive and can text more than 100 times a day.
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Kudos to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he told news sources about his plans to hire a fatherhood-services coordinator as part of an initiative to encourage dads to be more active in their children’s lives.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, City agencies plan to offer parenting classes at homeless shelters and at public hospitals as well as publishing a guide to city services available to fathers.
This comes as great news to all of the child advocates in New York City.
Mayor Bloomberg told news sources that “Strong families make a strong New York. But too many children in this city are growing up without their fathers.” The administration reports that 32 percent of all children under 17 in New York City grow up in a fatherless household.
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Last week a New York City mom was checking out her local supermarket and looked down to see her toddler’s leg stuck in the narrowest bar of the shopping cart. Her daughter’s leg was completely stuck.
While the toddler cried the mom tried to remain calm by slowly slipping her leg back out, but it wouldn’t move. The checkout lady, manager and security all came to their rescue to no avail. Someone cried “get the Crisco oil”, another yelled “don’t touch it” and someone yelled “call 911.”
The poor mom was panic stricken and screamed for someone to get a cutter which is used to cut large metal bike locks.
Someone came to the rescues with the metal cutters but the frantic mom couldn’t help but think “Do it and don’t miss” and prayed her daughter’s leg or ankle would not be broken.
Soon the little girl was free with only a few scratches and bruises.
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We have all heard the expression “kids don’t come with instructions” and it’s so true — they don’t.
And when teens become parents they are not emotionally mature enough to handle parenthood.
How is a parent to know if their teens are sexually active? If they are … are they taking precautions?
Parents can learn The Real Truth about Teens and Sex by Sabrina Weil, President of Weill Media and former Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen Magazine.
The results are revealed for the first time in The Real Truth about Teens and Sex. This book is a great tool for parents to learn about their teens sexual activity and how to keep them from becoming teen parents.
Although teen pregnancy has been on the decline over the past decade, more and more teens are having sex.
According to facts at www.stayteen.org three out of ten teenage girls in the United States get pregnant at least one before age 20 — that amounts to 745,000 teen pregnancies each year.
The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world — twice as high as in England or Canada and eight times as high as in the Netherlands or Japan.
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