Dear parent, grand-parent or guardian,
Taking the time to read and sign this Online Safety Contract will directly impact the life of your child and the children of your loved ones. Current studies show that 1 in 7 children will be solicited for sex online. Your child is worth making the simple commitments below. Please electronically sign this contract today.
Sheriff Michael J. Brown
Bedford County, VA
Chairman, Safe Surfin’ Foundation
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SAFE SURFIN’ ONLINE SAFETY CONTRACT
SSF says it hopes to get 1 million signatures by the end of the 2012 school year.
The Safe Surfin’ Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to protecting children from Internet predators, has published an Online Safety Contract for parents, grandparents and guardians. Signatories to the contract commit themselves to six actions to protect their children.
“Current studies that 1 in 7 children will be solicited for sex online. Your child is worth making the simple commitments below,” the introduction to the petition reads.
“Most parents don’t understand how much of a danger Internet predators pose. Children are abused by people they communicate with through the Internet far more than is realized and it happens in every community,” said Sheriff Michael Brown, the chairman of SSF’s board.
The contract will allow SSF to develop a database that will enable it to mobilize supporters for action, facilitate cooperative programs with schools and provide parents,
grandparents and guardians with advice, news updates and educational materials.
Getting 1 million signatures is a “bold goal and a mammoth undertaking,” but said it could save thousands of children from being victimized.
He predicted that if schools and houses of worship send the petition to parents asking them to sign it, then SSF will achieve its goal. The SSF Online Safety Contract can be accessed here:
The Safe Surfin’ Foundation will soon be releasing a new mobile phone application to instantly alert you when you are nearing the home of a registered sex offender. The application is the most innovative of its kind, is easy to-use and most importantly, very effective!
The new application, named “The SSF Sex-Offender ALERT,” relies upon the National Sex Offender Registry. Users can insert a zip code or address to see where registered sex offenders live and have the option of setting up an alert to go off when traveling to know when the user is nearing the home of an offender. For example, when a parent drops off their child at a friend’s home or parks their car, they’ll immediately know if they are in a danger zone.
The application saves the user the trouble of having to go onto the Internet and typing in an address before traveling. Instead, the user is warned when entering a potentially dangerous area for their child.
Safe Surfin’ will be regularly updating the application with new information and upgrades as they are developed.
“This application is a great tool for parents and guardians, and it’s only possible because of SSF’s generous supporters who trusted us to make a difference”
Program will alert users when entering the area of a registered sex offender
BEDFORD, VA, NOVEMBER 14—The Safe Surfin Foundation (SSF), an organization dedicated to preventing the victimization of children by Internet predators, has released a new mobile phone application to instantly alert parents when their children are nearing the location of a registered sex offender.
The program, named “The SSF Sex Offender ALERT,” relies upon the National Sex Offender Registry to allow parents to be warned when their children are traveling near the home of a person listed in the database. Users can also type in a zip code or address to see where registered sex offenders live.
“When a parent drops their child off at a friend’s home, parks their car or is even going for a walk, they will know which areas to be careful of,” said Sheriff Mike Brown, chairman and founder of SSF.
“This application is a great tool for parents and guardians, and it’s only possible because of SSF’s generous supporters who trusted us to make a difference.”
The organization says it will regularly update the application with new information and upgrades as they are developed.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Sheriff Michael Brown, contact Robin Sundquist
The Safe Surfin’ Foundation (SSF), an organization dedicated to
fighting Internet predators, is moving into high-gear to prepare
for the next year! SSF has launched a new website and a monthly
newsletter to keep its supporters aware of all of its latest
activities to protect America’s children. There will be a new
emphasis on “results-oriented activism.”
“We’re bringing Safe Surfin’ to a whole new level. We decided
that we needed a new website to cover everything we’re doing and
a monthly newsletter to keep pro-active citizens engaged with
us,” said Sheriff Michael Brown, chairman of SSF’s board and
founder of the organization.
One of the goals of the new website is to become a “one-stop
place for everything you need to protect your kids,” explained
SSF’s Executive Director, who is
spearheading the expansion.
The website will have educational resources, explain SSF
programs and offer guidance for activism. It will also showcase
SSF’s new outreach initiatives to schools, houses of worship,
law enforcement and other interested groups.
“The new website and newsletter will allow us to quickly
mobilize supporters, contact government officials and respond
immediately to events and opportunities,” said Sheriff Brown.
SSF will reach thousands of citizens all at once with new
monthly newsletter, which will also encourage feedback from
supporters. The objective of the newsletter, Campbell said, is
for supporters and donors to see how their help is changing and
protecting lives. He emphasized that the ultimate goal is save
thousands of children from being abused and suffering life-long
trauma or even death.
SSF maintains an extensive community oureach campaign in Central Virgina and across America!
We can schedule events including bringing our instructors to your community groups, youth awareness groups, classrooms and offering “Train the Trainer” programs for parents and concerned citizens.
From motorcycle rides, Safe Surfin’ Night at the Ball Park to even wine festivals we are always looking to better educate children and parents on the dangers of the Internet. Contact us today to find out how we can bring Safe Surfin’ to your community. Together we can promote online safety by getting your community involved in its cause.
This program will teach parents exactly how predators operate and how to stop them.
Parents often say, “My kids know about more about the Internet than I do.” That should never be the case, and that’s why SSF will offer the Train the Trainer Program. It has become an essential part of parenting to watch over Internet activity and the use of other technologies. The parent is in a constant struggle to stay one step ahead of their child.
During ‘Train the Trainer Programs’ We will discuss how to effectively supervise your children while permitting appropriate levels of freedom. Parents will learn about monitoring programs they can purchase and SSF will even provide free and discounted Internet security software. This program will be useful for community leaders, teachers, pastors and youth workers as well as parents.
Kids look to their parents, teachers and community leaders to help guide them. SSF strives to help in keeping children safe by providing assistance to those that guide children.
Call us today to see how we can bring a ‘Train the Trainer Program to your school, church, community center.
FACT: The average teenager is online an average of 5.5 hours per day!
According to the FBI, there is a “100 percent chance” that children will encounter a sexual predator in one of the 40,000-plus chat rooms that criminals enter to find victims. Through these chat rooms, or even direct contact through social networking websites, what appears to be casual conversation is actually a manipulation by the predator to acquire personal information about his prey. Three-fourths of children and teens say they have shared personal information about themselves and their families to complete strangers in chat rooms. Predators have a methodical, well-thought-out process of luring children into their traps.
Elementary Program (Ages 5-7)
One in three children in America’s elementary schools use the Internet, according to the U.S. Department of Education. These developing minds are unprepared for the manipulation of predators. That is why SSF will teach children using coloring books, games and online cartoons to teach them about how to safely use the Internet.
Tween Program (Ages 8-12)
At this age, children are feeling more independent and are eager to explore. They begin using social networking websites like Facebook, YouTube and other services. It is nearly impossible to prevent exposure to graphic images and videos and opportunities to communicate with strangers. The Department of Justice says that at least 15% of tweens will use the Internet to talk to someone they do not know. This program will educate children about the dangers posed by illegally downloading files, sharing information over the Internet, the damage caused by cyber-bullying and what consequences they face if they engage in it.