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October is National Cyber Safety Month

October is National Cyber Safety Awareness month and it’s important for you and your family to be cyber smart and cyber safe!

Learn how to keep your children safe on the Internet. So many parents say “my child would never meet anyone from the Internet” ….yet the reality is that so many kids are looking for something more … someone more … more love … more attention … and when a stranger tells them how wonderful they are and how happy they can make them … don’t be fooled! Your kids will believe them.

Love Our Children USA offers you internet safety facts … Advice for parents and childcare givers to help keep your children surf serious, surf smart and surf safe

Here you will find information on parental control software, keeping kids from visiting inappropriate websites and ensuring their use of appropriate monitored chatrooms. You can also learn about cyber bullying which is serious and on the rise!

You will also find information which will help keep you cyber safe. The more cybersafe parents are, the safer their children will be online.

Get Surf Serious, Get Surf Smart, Get Surf Safe!

Teach children and youth the rules about what they need to do to be serious and smart in cyberspace, allowing them to have fun and keeping them safe.

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Girls or Boys? Who are the bigger bullies?

We know that bullying is an ongoing problem which has reached epidemic proportions, with a distinct difference between the actions and responses of boys vs. girls.

Whenever you hear of bullies one might think of boys with their fists tightened ready to fight. We always think of girls as verbal bullies and mean girls who socially alienate and exclude others.

Today we see a rise in boys using verbal bullying, gossip and social exclusion, while we see girls who bully with  a lot of it related to sports.

And with the internet, both boys and girls cyberbully at an alarming rate — and it’s anonymous, making it that much easier for kids. With 43% of kids being cyberbullied, it’s been found that girls are cyberbullied more than boys.

Whether its boys or girls bullying and/or cyberbullying, it’s out of control and clearly inappropriate.

We  must STOMP Out Bullying!

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Wild West 2.0 hits the nation by storm! The reality of the dangers that lurk online

Your kids use the Internet, you use it, so do your family and friends.

We live in a digital frontier and it’s not going away. Our kids spend most of their time on the Internet which is a virtual playground for online bullies, cyber attackers, stalkers and predators.

You use the Internet for business, or you might be looking for a job, trying to make new friends or even find your mate online. You’d be surprised how many online dangers lurk online for adults as well.

There are moms who bully, people who want to ruin other’s reputations, stalkers and other cyber attackers.

No doubt about it — the Internet IS your life!

While setting up Google alerts for you and your kids are a good practice, people aren’t going to check to see what “he said …she said”, and who is telling the truth.

Wild West 2.0 already in its second print has hit book shelves across the nation! And it’s a must read for every parent!

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Gov Paterson pushes anti-bully hotline for schools one day after news reports a kid who was bullied

Bullying is a problem that affects millions of students of all races and classes. 1 out of 4 kids is bullied and 42% of kids have been bullied while online. Child and teen Bullying and Cyberbullying are at an all-time high. Some kids are so tormented that suicide has become an alternative for them. It has everyone worried. Not just the kids on its receiving end, but the parents, teachers and others who may not understand how extreme bullying can get.

New York does not have anti-bullying legislation – but maybe they will as a last hurrah for Governor David Paterson.

A day after the Daily News wrote about a teen being routinely harassed at his school, Governor Paterson announced he had submitted a bill to assist kids in trouble. Perhaps he wasn’t aware of all of the other kids in New York who have been harassed at school since he’s been in office … but we’re glad he’s finally taking notice.

The legislation which is way overdue, would require every school to post the state’s school violence hotline so that students could have quick access to services.

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Bullying continues to take lives. When will it stop?

Scott Walz should be celebrating his high school graduation from Johnsburg High School in McHenry County, IL.

He can’t. Scott took his life this past March 4th as a result of years of being bullied. His family says the school didn’t do enough to stop it.

Sadly this is not a surprise. Most schools don’t do enough. Some do nothing. The victims endure torment and pain.

Scott’s mom told CBS news that Scott was quiet and shy. He had a black belt in Karate but never fought back – even after nine years of being bullied. He was even beaten up and choked to the point of passing out.

Bullying and cyberbullying hurt.  The pain can be devastating!

And this past Monday on Memorial Day, Christian Taylor, a 16-year-old freshman at Grafton High School in Yorktown, Va., took his own life after reportedly enduring months of relentless bullying.

 Scott Walz (Illinois), Christian Taylor (Virginia), Alexis Pilkington (New York), Phoebe Prince (Massachusetts), Celina Okwuone and Hope Witsell (Florida), Ryan Halligan (Vermont) and all of the others who took their lives were tormented on a daily basis. But they might be here today if their schools had listened – if they took a stand against all forms of bullying.

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"To Save A Life" the movie. It’s about choices. What’s yours?

Are you a kid or teen who is depressed?

There is help!

You have choices and it’s all about the choices you make! Whatever is hurting you so bad that you would even think of suicide has a solution. And that’s NOT suicide.

Suicide is NEVER the answer. It ends all of your dreams, it’s permanent — you can’t take it back, it hurts the people who love you — and it doesn’t solve the problem that’s hurting you!

While Love Our Children USA and STOMP Out Bullying does not endorse any particular religious organization or group, we encourage you to see the movie “To Save A Life” and then spread the word!

It can save your life, it can save the life of someone you know. It’s up to all of us to help!

An all-star athlete and his girlfriend find their lives spinning out of control when Jake loses a childhood friend. Help comes when he reaches out to others who are hurting, and he realizes some people are just dying to be heard.
The movie asks…

How far would you go?

How much would you risk?

How hard would you fight…TO SAVE A LIFE

See the movie TO SAVE A LIFE in theaters near you.

Visit http://www.stompoutbullying.org/ and remember — you can save a life — you can save your life!

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