Exciting Progress!

Dear Friends,
This summer has been so productive in our efforts to make the Internet safer for children and families. In summary, a few of our key victories include both McDonald’s and Starbucks’ commitment to filter their public WiFi, Donald Trump’s signing of our Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge, and the launch of our summer $22K in 22 days funding campaign. Since a few weeks have passed since our last update, I am writing to give you a few brief updates!

 

 

Update on Pledge – As you know, Donald Trump signed EIE’s Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge agreeing to aggressively enforce all the laws on the books to prevent the sexual exploitation of children online. We’re very grateful for his leadership! Last week Hillary Clinton’s national campaign director called me and told me she is sending me a letter in support of the Pledge. As soon as I get it, I will share it with you.
We can’t just rely on our political leaders – we need our citizens to take action if we’re ever going to truly prevent the sexual exploitation of children online. That’s why we’re introducing the The Children’s Internet Safety Citizens Pledge which  lends support to  Presidential Pledge. This pledge is for citizens like you who support the tenets of the Presidential Pledge. Our goal is to collect 25,000 signatures to send to both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to show them how important the Presidential Pledge is to everyday Americans.
Also, citizens who sign this Pledge promise to do their part as Americans to protect children online and offline, whether they are their own children or the children of others. Please let your voice be heard by signing the Pledge here.

 

 

An example of why the Presidential Pledge is so crucial is evidenced in the Elizabeth Smart video which recently went viral.  Elizabeth’s story is a prime example of the devastating link between hard-core porn and sexual abuse and victimization.

 

Sadly, Elizabeth’s abuse at the hand of a porn addicted child abuser is not uncommon. It is very typical for sexual predators to use porn to arouse themselves and to train and desensitize their victim to the sex acts they will be forced to perform. Pedophiles do this all the time with children – porn is their “educational tool” and is also used to sexualize the victim. This is one of the myriad reasons as to why we need to continue to educate and mobilize our nation to combat obscene pornography, predation, trafficking and child porn.
To continue to build on our many victories this summer, such as McDonald’s and Starbucks decision to filter child pornography and pornography from their public WiFi, we need your to help. We seriously cannot operate without your kind and generous donations. 

 

 

As you may know, summer months are lean for fundraising. Unfortunately, we have not yet reached our $22,000 goal, so we are extending the deadline. We simply must raise $22,000 by Labor Day in order to continue the fight. You can make a one time donation of  $25, $50, $100, $250, $500  or you can join our President’s or CEO Circle with ongoing Pledge of support.  Please CLICK HERE to make your contribution today.

 

You can also support EIE financially by doing your online shopping through Cause Network. Over 1000 popular online stores like Amazon, Best Buy, Macy’s, Expedia, etc participate and pay back a percentage of your purchases to support EIE’s ongoing programs to make the Internet safer for children and families. Labor Day and Back to School sales are just a few of the great deals offered. Shop, Save and Support EIE!

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

I’ll be in touch soon with more exciting announcements. But as always, thank you for all that you do. I’m grateful to be in the fight with you.

Gratefully,

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Donna Rice Hughes

President & CEO

Three Victories in Three Weeks!

 

 

Dear Friends and Partners of EIE;
For the third time in three weeks, we have big things happening here at EIE! Building on the success of McDonald’s agreeing to filter their WiFi in nearly 14,000 stores nationwide and Starbucks’ promise to filter their WiFi both nationally AND globally, we were able to convince the first Presidential candidate in history to sign acomprehensive Internet safety pledgeThe Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge.
The Pledge was sent to each of the Presidential Candidates, calling upon them, if elected President to defend the innocence and dignity of America’s children by enforcing the existing federal laws and advancing public policies designed to 1) prevent the sexual exploitation of children online and 2) to make the Internet safer for all.
GOP nominee Donald Trump returned the signed Pledge just before the GOP convention. EIE sent the Pledge to Secretary Clinton, whose campaign said they support the Pledge’s goals but have a policy to not sign pledges, and we have not yet gotten a response from Gary Johnson.

As you know, EIE is a non-partisan, non-profit organization and does not endorse or oppose candidates for office. We are hopeful that eventually all three candidates will sign this historic Pledge, for the sake of the children.
This is a significant step forward to elevate the need for the next President to commit to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth online a priority! The Pledge specifically asks each candidate to agree to “Appoint an Attorney General who will make the prosecution of such laws a top priority in my administration and, to provide the intelligence community and law enforcement with the resources and tools needed to investigate and prosecute Internet crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.”
You will find the press release here.
Dozens and dozens of media outlets picked up the story, reporting on the press release. Among them, Lifesite News accurately reports on the pledge in this way; “The heart of the promise requires the president to prosecute existing obscenity laws by ‘appointing an Attorney General who will make the prosecution of such laws a top priority in my administration.'”
I was quoted in Momzette, speaking about the signing, “I applaud Mr. Trump’s leadership and commitment to uphold the rule of law as demonstrated by his signing of the Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge. Making the internet safer for children and families is a critical step in making America safe again.”  In SLOT publication, I am further quoted as saying, “Government must also do its part and enforce all the laws on the books, not just some of them! Over the last two decades America’s children have paid an unnecessarily steep price for the lax enforcement of federal obscenity laws. Obscenity is not protected under the First Amendment, and the failure to enforce the law is harming children across the nation and around the world.”. In an interview, Hughes reportedly said that an explosion of internet porn “rewired teen brains.” This positive coverage of the event makes opening the discussion on this important issue more possible.
When the next President of the United States says enough is enough to the Internet-enabled sexual exploitation of our nation’s youth, the tide will begin to turn at the highest level to protect the innocence of America’s children.
Enough is Enough will be asking other federal and state legislators and candidates to sign similar pledges in order to insure their commitment to this critically important issue. State leaders have already reached out to us to bring the Pledge to state legislators, which we plan to do.
The movement continues on with great momentum but we need your support and prayers.

Lastly, we just launched our August fundraising campaign to raise $22,000 in 22 day for the 22,000 filtered WiFi McDonald’s and Starbucks stores nationwide.
Thank you for all that you do!
Sincerely,
 DRH Green Polo Headshot
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Donna Rice Hughes
P.S.  You can also show your support for The Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge by signing The Children’s Internet Safety Citizen’s Pledge to do your part to protect children online. Once we have collected 10,000 signatures, we will send them to the candidates for President to demonstrate the support of caring citizens like you.

We Are Not Only Changing the Culture…, We Are Changing the World, Thanks to You!

Dear Friend;

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.

There are many obvious reasons why we need corporate America to filter their public WiFi as I mentioned in my op-ed on Fox Newswhich you can read here.

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 McDonalds!

Dear Friends,

thanks mcDs

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:

  1. E-mailing a thank you: Add your name to the ever-growing list of thank you’s by clicking here.
  2. Tweet to McDonald’s: You could say something like: .@McDonalds thanks for blocking access to child p*rn by filtering your public wifi! #FriendlyWifi.
  3. Tag them on our Facebook page, and be sure to by “like” and “follow” our page for up-to-date happenings on this campaign.

Finally, here is a link to some of the wonderful media coverage we have received thus far. The top three articles, including my op-ed coverage on FOX News, are included.

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.

The Rise of Disappearing Apps

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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.

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Sextortion Leads to Teen’s Suicide, Donna’s Letter to Cosmopolitan’s Editor-in-Chief

May was certainly busy! There is no rest when it comes to waging the war to prevent the sexual exploitation of youth online.  June is here and with that in mind, I would like to be able to update you on a few things.

We have been spreading the message about the dangers of sexting, and this message needs to be shared widely to protect our children online.

Sexting has given rise to sextortion which occurs when the person depicted in the sexually explicit photo/video are then extorted for money in exchange for not distributing them to others. Sextortion recently caused a young 13 year old girl to commit suicide due to the shame, humiliation caused by this crime.
The Justice Department released a new “National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction” in which it charged, “The threat of extortion directed toward children is not just restricted to the immediate sexual and emotional abuse imposed by the offender on their victims.  Sextortion victims engage in cutting, have depression, drop out of school or grades decline, as well as engage in other forms of self-harm at an alarming rate.”

This is another online crime that can be prevented. Parents, it is important that you keep tabs on your children’s online activity. One of the most important things to do is to block your kid from being able to see or transmit nude photos or videos. American Family Association has created American Family Online Mobile Filtering. (Learn more here .) Also, please implement our safety tips on all Internet-enabled devices used by your kids. I have also included a short video from our Internet Safety 101 series (also on our YouTube Channel) on the importance of implementing parental controls on all Internet enabled devices.

Recently, I emailed Cosmopolitan’s Editor-in-Chief, Joanna Coles, regarding their recent article on sending the “perfect sext” since there is no such thing as a perfect sext.  Sexting is degrading and harmful and can have lasting impacts emotionally. You too can send a message to Cosmopolitan’s Editor-in-Chief by emailing her: inbox@cosmopolitan.com .

Follow Up from Set Free Summit
In April, I spoke at the Set Free Summit. I am excited that the Set Free Summit has recap videos and slides available from the presentations. You can learn more here.
The Set Free Summit wants to continue to help you put the lessons from the conference into action. Please join their Facebook group to collaborate and continue sharing the message about the dangers of pornography with the community.
In case you missed it, I was interviewed in the following publications during the month of May.

Time Magazine – “How to Talk to Your Kids About Snapchat

World Net Daily – “Cosmo Spills Sizzling Secrets on ‘How to Send Perfect Sext’
EIE on Cause Network
Every time, you make a purchase with any of the 1000 retailers on Cause Network, Enough Is Enough will receive up to 10 percent if you choose Enough Is Enough as your charity! This is a great way to make an impact and help protect children online. Check out our page on Cause Network today !

And finally, will you join the movement by   becoming an Enough Is Enough change agent to fuel our efforts to make the Internet safer for children and families? Below are two simple ways you can help:
  1. Follow Enough Is Enough on Facebook and Twitter to help us continue our over 22-year successful track record!
  2. Donate now to help us continue the fight to make the Internet safer for families!

My Time Magazine Interview: Talking to your kids about Snapchat

Dear Friends,

Snapchat is one of the fastest growing social media sites and one of the most popular sites for tweens and teens. Youth love it because of its “Mission Impossible” messaging system. Any photo or video sent over Snapchat will self-destruct within moments of viewing … perfect for avoiding parental detection and accountability.

Recently, Time Magazine interviewed me for parental tips on how to keep children safe on Snapchat and beyond:

At any age, says Donna Rice Hughes, president and CEO of the internet safety organization Enough is Enough, parents need to help kids understand that the digital world is very much like the real one: it has lots of good places and people-but also bad ones. Problems in the digital world arise, Rice Hughes says, because we don’t have “healthy boundaries instinctively in the digital world.”

It’s also crucial, Rice Hughes says, for parents to realize they can’t just “have that Internet safety conversation once,” because today’s kids are always online, and always finding new opportunities – for good or ill. So conversations with kids about their digital lives should start early, and continue on a weekly or even daily basis.

So from elementary age, Rice Hughes says, parents need to help kids set healthy digital boundaries. Today’s elementary students were born into a world in which “the internet has become an extension of our physical lives.” So one of the most important things to get across to them, says Rice-Hughes, is that “the internet has not always been here. We can live without it.” She encourages parents to encourage kids to unplug regularly, and to begin to use parental controls on all technology from the beginning – so that when kids are older, parental involvement in technology use – like Snapchat – just feels like a part of normal life.

(Read complete article here.)

Social media is evolving every day, and it is imperative that we keep our children safe online. We have several resources available to you on our InternetSafety101 website and YouTube channel. Also, please share this article and newsletter with family and friends as well. The digital world does not have to be a scary place with the right tools and awareness to stay safe.

Cosmo Promotes Sexting and Self Pornification

Dear Friends,
Recently, Cosmopolitan Magazine wrote a “how to” on sending the “perfect” sext. No, this isn’t a joke. You read correctly. You and I know there’s no such thing as a perfect sext. And deep down they know it, too.
They know full well that preteen and teen girls are within their demographic buying audience. They also bank on the fact that Cosmo is typically in full view of minor children, along with Time Magazine and People, and is not segregated like Playboy types of mags unavailable for browsing or sale to youth. While Cosmo continues to push the envelope on soft porn with how to articles on having titillating illicit sex etc., they really crossed the line by promoting and normalizing the dangerous activity of sexting.
What Cosmo neglects to mention is that:
  • Sexting and self pornification among youth are at crisis levels
  • 62% of teens and young adults have received a sext (Barna 2016)
  • 40% of teens and young adults have sent a sext (Barna 2016)
  • 15% of teen sexters sent texts to someone who they just met (The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 2008)
  • 44% of teens say it is common for sexually suggestive text messages to get shared with people other than the intended recipient. (The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 2008)
  • Nude and sexually explicit photos of anyone under the age of 17/18 years old is considered under the law to be child pornography and can lead to federal prosecution by those who produce and distribute these images. Many unsuspecting teens have found themselves on the sex offenders’ registry.
  • There are no take backs online and nothing is truly private. Reputations and lives have been ruined when sexting goes bad … when a sexted photo or video goes public and or viral. Revenge porn, sextortion, and cyberbullying are harmful consequences that lead to devastation.
Youth who are coming of age and sexually curious in a pornified culture rewards the pornographic impulse (Barna). The Cosmo article encourages self pornification and paints a picture in the minds of young men and women that it is exciting and acceptable to degrade themselves, that their worth and value are tied up in their sexuality, and that it is okay for them to lower expectations they hold for themselves and each other. That it is somehow okay for them to allow others to strip away their dignity by sending sexts.
Doesn’t Cosmo know that they are destroying the dignity of the human person? Do they even care? Well, I do, and I know you do, too.
That’s why we’re launching a #NoPerfectSext letter to the editor campaign. This campaign has one goal: to get Cosmo Magazine to stop normalizing the self-pornification practices that harm youth like sexting.
We need you to do three things:
  1. Tweet to Cosmopolitan. You can borrow this tweet: @Cosmopolitan sexting isn’t normal, & it degrades our children. It’s harmful. #NoPerfectSext.
  2. Tweet to Joanna Coles, Cosmo’s Editor-in-Chief. You can borrow this tweet: @JoannaColes, sexting isn’t normal, & it degrades our children. It’s harmful. #NoPerfectSext.
  3. Send Cosmo an e-mail at inbox@Cosmopolitan.com asking them why they think sexting is normal.
  4. Learn and share the following information about what you can do to prevent your children and grandchildren from sexting
Over the next couple of weeks you’ll hear from mothers whose daughters have been exploited by sexting and whose lives have been forever negatively impacted by sexting. There was nothing perfect about their experience, because there really is #NoPerfectSext.

30 Ways in 30 Days to Strengthen Your Family

Every parent faces a daily dilemma: How can I bring up my children to be people of character in a culture that undermines my values?

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 ricehughes@aol.com.

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