We did it together! I am overwhelmed with the enormous success we are experiencing with the National Porn-Free WiFi campaign, which we launched in the fall of 2014! Two weeks ago we announced TWO major victories!
Victory 1: McDonald’s began to filter their public WiFi from pornography and child pornography in January in their company owned restaurants and urged their franchises to do the same. I have been working behind the scenes with McDonald’s all this time and waiting to announce the victory that nearly all of McDonald’s 14,000 stores nationwide are providing safe, filtered WiFi!!
Starbucks, however, was completely unresponsive to the certified letters I sent to their CEO, cosigned by 75 groups in our Porn Free WiFi Coalition accompanied by the 46,500 petitions signed by friends like you. But we got them to change their mind in only TWO DAYS!
Victory 2: After a flurry of positive media about McDonald’s WiFi filtering and headlines reading, “You can’t get porn in McDonald’s… so you will have to go to Starbucks!” and the launch of our new petition signed by hundreds that flooded the inboxes of Starbucks’ CEO and Board members…. They finally cried “Enough Is Enough®!”
Starbucks announced they will be filtering WiFi in their company owned stores in America AND that they are planning to implement a Global Policy to filter child porn and porn worldwide! THIS IS HUGE!
The National Porn Free WiFi Campaign has now become the Global Porn Free WiFi Movement!
The campaign started with a vision to urge McDonald’s and Starbucks, both based in America, to implement WiFi filtering to block child porn and porn in their stores in the USA and to lead corporate America to provide safe WiFi. Why these two giant companies? Because they were the first big companies to filter WiFi in the UK over three years ago!
We – you — made history TWICE in one week. This is a feat that has never been accomplished amongst advocacy groups like ours.
To put into context just how momentous this effort is, the estimate of places that will now have porn-free WiFi in the U.S., between McDonalds with their 14,000 stores and Starbucks with 8,000, amounts to 22,000 public WiFi hotspots across the country. 22,000 porn-free hotspots!.
Our work isn’t over… its just beginning. The world now connects through WiFi.. Our vision is to expand to other major restaurants, like Burger King, as well as shopping malls, hotels, airports, airlines, schools, libraries, and more.
Wars are won by winning multiple battles for as long as it takes. The tide is turning and we need your help to leverage the momentum. Will you partner with us in this fight by giving today? Any amount you can give will ensure that we can continue to make history.
Our goal is to raise $22,000 in 22 days which represents the 22,000 restaurants that have or will shut off access to WiFi child porn and porn in McDonalds and Starbucks. With 14,000 McDonalds stores around the country, joined by the 8,000 Starbucks will be filtering, 22,000 represents a monumental number!
Here’s how you can help:
1. Make a tax-deductible donation today to ensure that we can take on other corporate entities. Any amount $1000, $500, $250, $100, $50, $25, or even $10 . Click here to learn more!
2. Join the National Porn Free WiFi Coalition. We now have over 75 organizations involved. . If your company or organization would like to sign on… we welcome you.
3. Join the Porn Free WiFi Movement and sign your name here. Every time we start a new campaign, we will include your name as a member of the Movement.
You can helps us to accomplish more victories to protect children and families from online sexual exploitation.
We need your help, and we need it now. $22,000 for the 22,000. There is more WiFi to be filtered, and we cannot do it without you.
Thank you in advance for your contribution, and thank you for your continued support. We cannot do this without you.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Because of your faithful partnership and dedication in supporting our efforts to make the Internet safer for children and families, we have a major victory to share with you!
McDonald’s is now filtering their public Wifi to block both child pornography and pornography in approximately 14,000 stores nationwide. Your support has been key in this awesome success story with McDonald’s. Join us in sending a Thank you to McDonald’s and we will send your thank you directly to our contact at McDonald’s!
Yesterday, we sent out this press release to praise McDonald’s for protecting children and families by offering safe friendly WiFi.
As a result of the National Porn Free Wi-Fi campaign launched in the fall of 2014, followed by over 50,000 concerned citizens like you signing our petition to the CEO’s of both McDonald’s and Starbucks to keep America’s children and families safe on their public WiFi, we got the attention of McDonald’s. They were very responsive and began to to filter their restaurants’ Wi-Fi from harmful access to p*rn and child porn in the first quarter of 2016! That’s right – predators can no longer fly under the radar of law enforcement to access child pornography on McDonald’s free Wifi.
While McDonald’s wasn’t aware of any pornography related incidents in their stores, their move to offer filtered WiFi is clearly one more major step in the right direction. The bottom line: Parents and families can have peace of mind that children and teens and all patrons will have a safe, friendly WiFi experience. Here’s what McDonald’s Global Communications Director had to say:
|As you know, we heard back from McDonald’s after my initial letter to them in 2014. This effort has been a long time in the making, as McDonald’s told us over a year ago that they were seeking out effectively filtering solutions. Visit the NEW friendly wifi section of our website to track the history of this two-year campaign.
Join us in saying bravo, McDonald’s, for protecting children and families from online child porn and exploitation. You can join us in thanking McDonald’s by:
Together, we are making the Internet safer for children and families. We are grateful for you. You’re making a difference… From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all that you do.
Forget about Facebook and Twitter, there’s a new social media trend consuming teens’ time everywhere. What is it? Disappearing apps, such as Burn Note, have quickly risen in popularity over the last few years, and parents should definitely be on high alert.
EIE advisory Board member, media and cultural expert Rebecca Hagelin knows how overwhelming it is to raise kids in today’s morally toxic environment. In her newly released book, “30 Ways in 30 Days to Strengthen Your Family,” Rebecca helps you:
- Learn how to battle the culture, not your child
- Know the difference between your principles and your preferences
- Understand how marketers target your children and how to keep them safe online
- Develop and follow your “mother’s intuition” and “father-knows-best” instincts
- Teach your children to be good stewards of money, time, and work
This would make a great Mother’s Day gift as well. Check it out at:
Enough Is Enough Applauds Resolution Signed by Utah Governor Declaring Internet Pornography a Public Health Crisis
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2016
Press Statement by Donna Rice Hughes, CEO and President of Enough Is Enough
Today Marks A Historic Landmark Change to End the Way America Thinks About Pornography
Enough Is Enough Applauds Resolution Signed by Utah Governor Declaring Internet Pornography a Public Health Crisis.
GREAT FALLS, Va. – “Enough Is Enough (EIE) applauds the historic landmark resolution by the state of Utah declaring pornography a public health issue. The resolution is being signed today by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert after overwhelmingly passing the Utah Senate and House. The resolution, sponsored by Sen. Todd Weiler, (SCR9), is the first time a state has said pornography is a “public health crisis,” language often used for anti-smoking and anti-drunk driving campaigns.
“This resolution is part of a concerted effort to begin framing the issue as not merely a “moral” issue, but a social issue with enormous costs that negatively impacts individuals and societies. For over two decades, the Internet pornography industry has been able to succeed on the myth that pornography is just harmless fun.
“Noble and worthwhile causes such as these indeed often take a lifetime, as well as a strong network of devoted individuals and groups. Two years ago, under the leadership of Ernie Allen, founder of NCMEC and ICMEC, a small group of leaders, including myself, met together to brainstorm the best way to elevate Internet pornography to a public health crisis.
“However, recent peer-reviewed research and medical science is undeniable in proving that extreme Internet pornography fuels the sexual exploitation and abuse of children, violence against women, addiction in youth and adults, the breakdown of marriage, sex trafficking, and a myriad of other harms.
“Prior to this important meeting, Enough Is Enough® (EIE) has been at the forefront in the battle to prevent the sexual exploitation of children from Internet pornography and sexual predators.
“EIE launched “Project Wilberforce” to remind us that, such daunting social change as ending the Internet-enabled sexual exploitation of children and restoring a culture of dignity and respect is indeed possible. Like William Wilberforce, we have the ability to create a better world, a “beloved” community in which all people are treated with dignity and respect. The two main life goals of Wilberforce were to abolish slavery and to restore manners and decency in England. It took Wilberforce and his band of friends a lifetime to bring about such grand and revolutionary social change.
“Making the Internet safer for children and families has been a twenty-three year marathon, not a sprint.
“EIE urges other states to adopt the Utah resolution and become a leader in the movement to make the Internet safer for children and families and change the way America thinks about pornography. We stand ready to work side by side with you on this critical issue.
“Like Wilberforce said, ‘You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say that you did not know.'”
To schedule a media interview, please contact Donna Rice Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making the Internet safer for children and families.
- 1 out of 3 Americans seek out porn at least once a month
- 62% of teens and young adults have “received” a nude image from someone
- 40% of teens and young adults have “sent” a nude image
- Teens and young adults view NOT recycling more immoral than viewing pornography.
- Interviews with several young men were featured discussing their experience with Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction (PIED).
- A 2014 fMRI study from the Max Planck Institute found that habitual porn use may have an effect on the brain. “The more pornography men consumed, the smaller the brain striatum, the reward center of the brain.”
- The rise in the numbers of young men struggling with porn addiction and PIED has led to a rise with support groups, videos, and smartphone apps to bring awareness to the dangers of pornography.
The Set Free Summit is less than one week away. Overall, we stand in awe of those who will be in attendance: 19 countries, 750 participants from 350 different organizations and representing +615 million people. Our message will be heard by 200,000,000 people in 25 languages.
The Set Free Summit, which will take place April 4-7, 2016 in Greensboro, N.C., is a global summit that seeks to expose the impact, while providing solutions to the pervasive problem of Internet pornography. This unique conference will discuss the true impact of Internet pornography, the neurological, psychological, cultural and spiritual implications of pornography, and providing attendees with the methods and resources for leading the fight against pornography. This conference will inspire you to educate parents, school administrators, and church leaders about the dangers of Internet pornography.
I am honored to be one of the speakers at the Summit, where I will be speaking on the topic, “Parenting in a Dirty World.” This topic is especially crucial, as I will be discussing about ways to keep your children safe online.
You don’t want to miss a minute of this Summit! There is space still available to attend the Set Free Summit. You can register here. I hope to see you at the Set Free Summit in Greensboro, N.C. on April 4-7, 2016!