“Barbara Walters Presents” My 5th Show with Barbara

“Barbara Walters Presents”
My 5th Show with Barbara
Airing Tuesday, December 6 at
8PM ET/7C on the Investigation Discovery Channel

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A Message From the President

Dear Friends,

I wanted to let you know about my interview with the legendary Barbara Walters airing tomorrow night.

I sat down with Barbara in June for a couple of hours to tape the interview. The one-hour show covers my journey over the past several decades and highlights some key EIE victories since 1994.

I haven’t seen the entire show yet, but the producers tell me it’s a great hour of journalism, the way investigative reporting should be. For those of you who are history buffs, you might appreciate the historical significance of this show which chronicles the year the mainstream media went tabloid.

One thing is for sure, I respect and love my longtime friend Barbara, who held my hand during one of the most difficult years of my life. And for those friends and family who walked though that season with me, I will always be grateful.

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EIE President Donna Rice Hughes’s story and work as an Internet safety pioneer is featured in this one-hour interview with Barbara Walters.

Most importantly, I always believed that if I chose the high road, the path of dignity and follow the Lord’s leading in my life, that all these painful and challenging times would work out for good, and they did. (Romans 8:28-29)

 

 

Barbara Walters Interview Information

“Barbara Walters Presents: The Scandal That Changed History” airing tomorrow night, Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 8ET/7C on the Investigation Discovery Channel.

Check out 3-minute promo here

Check out our Press Release here: (DONNA RICE HUGHES: FROM ‘MEDIA PUNCHING BAG’ TO INTERNATIONAL CHILD INTERNET SAFETY EXPERT: Barbara Walters Special Tuesday Reveals Woman with a Mission)

Enough Is Enough Congratulates President-Elect Donald Trump

 

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Mr. Trump enthusiastically signed the Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge in July, prior to the GOP convention

Donna Rice Hughes, CEO/President of Enough Is Enough® (EIE), whose mission is making the Internet safer for children and families, congratulates Donald J. Trump on winning the Presidency.

Mr. Trump enthusiastically signed The Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge in July, prior to the GOP convention. EIE is a non-partisan, non-profit organization and does not endorse or oppose candidates for office.

“Mr. Trump’s leadership to uphold the rule of law by signing the Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge is historic and represents the first time in history a candidate has signed a pledge during the election process to defend the innocence and dignity of America’s children by promising to enforce the existing federal laws and advancing public policies designed to prevent the sexual exploitation of children online” said Mrs. Hughes, a leading Internet safety pioneer, author, speaker, and Emmy-winning filmmaker.

“Making the Internet safer for children and families is a critical step in making America safe again.”

“Internet safety is now the 4th ranked health issue for U.S. children and is a bi-partisan unifying issue that requires a holistic multi-pronged strategy with a shared responsibility between the public, industry, and government. Governments can’t parent and parents can’t enforce the law.”

Donna Rice Hughes, CEO/President of Enough Is Enough
Donna Rice Hughes,
CEO/President of Enough Is Enough

“Parents alone cannot prevent Internet crimes against their children. Government must also do its part and enforce all the laws on the books, not just some of them” adds Mrs. Hughes.

EIE will stand alongside and support President-Elect Trump as he fulfills his commitment to appoint an Attorney General, who will make the vigorous prosecution of the federal obscenity, child pornography, sexual predation, child trafficking laws and the Children’s Internet Protection Act a top priority.

The Pledge also includes provisions for the necessary resources and tools to prosecute such crimes, and calls for the establishment of public-private partnerships to step up voluntary efforts to reduce and prevent Internet crimes against children.

Finally, the Pledge asks for consideration to appoint a Presidential Commission to examine the harmful public health impact of hard-core Internet pornography and the prevention of the sexual exploitation of children in the digital age.

(Are you prepared to protect your kids so they can enjoy the wonders of the Internet while being spared from the dangers? Learn More, courtesy of Enough is Enough and YouTube)

Hughes concludes, “We applaud our next First Lady Melania Trump’s commitment to make cyberbullying her cause while in the White House, and look forward to supporting Mrs. Trump’s efforts to be an agent of change for Internet safety and responsibility.”

“With our new President and First Lady united in their commitment to prevent the Internet-enabled exploitation of our nation’s youth, the tide will begin to turn so that children can enjoy both safe and rewarding digital experiences.”

Donna Rice Hughes, Enough Is Enough‘s CEO & President has been an Internet safety pioneer, author, and speaker since 1994. As a media commentator, she has given over 4500 interviews on Internet safety related issues.

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She is also the Emmy-award winning Producer and Emmy nominated Host of the EIE’s Internet Safety 101SM TV series.

She has testified numerous times before Congress, and has served as a COPA Commissioner and served on other national and state government task forces.

She won the 2013 Women In Technology Award for Social Impact and the 2014 Professional Women in Advocacy Excellence In Advocacy Award for “Veteran Practitioner”.

The Presidential Pledge and supporting documentation can be found at http://enough.org/presidential_pledge.

 

 

The True Cost of Those Alluring Online Quizzes

quiz-imageThey’ve become all the rage for kids and adults alike.  After all, within a matter of minutes and a few clicks of the keyboard, anyone can determine: “Which Celebrity Do You Resemble?” “What Classic Disney Princess Are You?”  “Are You Actually Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” “Which State Do I Actually Belong In?”  “How Young Are You At Heart?”  “What Is Your IQ!”  Quiz lovers and anyone seeking instant gratification or feedback about their intelligence, identity, or personality traits are up to the challenge.

There’s no denying that online quizzes and surveys can be enticing. Long before the Internet was around, they appeared in an assortment of magazines and publications. Today however, the seemingly harmless quizzes that have taken over social media feeds and appear regularly on search engine ads have driven up online traffic in record numbers to the delight of quiz developers. The results can then be instantly shared or posted to friends and any online connections. Children also partake in this viral quiz-taking phenomenon as it’s a fun and easy way to compare and share results with their friends.

But the question must be asked: Is there a cost to taking online quizzes?

The answer is a resounding yes. While many get easily sucked in to answer a set of seemingly unrelated questions to appease their curiosity, participating in online quizzes can come with a hefty price.

Although they can seem like a momentarily thrill ride as questions and images are designed to engage the quiz taker, the user is often not aware that these quizzes are a data-mining haven for the quiz developer—and even fraudsters—to collect personal data, and in some cases their money.

If you’ve ever taken a Facebook quiz, you’ll be asked to log in with your social media profile before the results can be posted for friends to see. Most often, a popup screen will ask you to allow access “to pull your provide information, photos, your friend’s info, and other content that it requires do work.” It goes on to say:

 “By proceeding, you are allowing [Insert Quiz Name] to access your information and you are agreeing to the Facebook Terms of Use in your use of [Insert Quiz Name.]” 

Did you catch that?  Your profile information is being accessed by the quiz developer (and your Facebook friends’ information is being accessed without their knowledge or permission)! The abundance of information being shared can include photos, your personal information and interests, work and education history, groups you belong to, religious views and more.

Participating in online quizzes can also lead to unwanted ads that follow you long after you’ve taken a quiz, or request a required payment or purchase with a credit card (which opens up a whole host of problems with potential credit card fraud) before results can be accessed. Even more disturbing, terms and privacy policies stemming from quizzes are sometimes found on an entirely different domain from that on which the quiz appeared. Developers are likely banking on the fact that quiz takers will breeze right through the small print allowing third-party service providers to collect a whole slew of information about personal income, buying habits, and so forth, which are then put on display for marketers ready and willing to pay for specific, targeted data.

So what can you do to protect yourself and your child?  First and foremost, if the temptation is too strong to bypass these quizzes, adjust your social media privacy settings and deselect anything you do not want shared without your permission. Also, make sure you know who your Facebook Friends are (and especially your child’s Facebook Friends if they have an account) as they may be able to share your profile information (or your child’s profile information) by taking part in these quizzes.

Teach your kids not to take these quizzes without your permission. That way, you can monitor what information they are voluntarily providing (whether they realize it or not). Of course, caution your children about posting personal or contact information, including your child’s full name, address, phone number, passwords, and financial information that should only be provided on a secure site under parental supervision.

If you’re uncertain as to how to monitor social media accounts, Enough Is Enough has a host of brief Internet Safety 101 “Rules ‘N Tools” videos available on You Tube that show how to set privacy settings, and provides instruction on ways you can know your child’s online activities and friends. Click here to view the safety videos.

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So next time if you want to find out if your intelligence meets the “genius” criteria, or determine what your biological age really is, first consider the privacy rights you may be relinquishing by taking the quiz. Better yet, just bypass these quizzes all together. If you must indulge, take them the old fashioned way with paper and pencil.

Together, We are Making Great Strides to Keep Kids and Families Safe Online

Dear Friends,
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As we wrap up October and National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, it is our hope that you learned a lot by following us on social media and are better equipped to protect your family from threats. (Learn more at Cybersecurity section of our 101 site.)
This week is White Ribbon Against Pornography Week (WRAP) which brings together hundreds of national, state and local groups, along with concerned citizens in a massive effort to educate the public on the harms from pornography and the many resources available to aid those affected. See WRAP Week section below for great information to help you protect your children and family.
Are you following us on Twitter and Facebook? If not, please join do so today and help us help you. Will you share this newsletter with two other people and ask them to sign up for our e-communications? Thanks everyone.
Together we are making a difference!
Donna

Shaping Policy
Victory!

We are excited to report over  20,000 petitions were sent to  top Disney executives  urging them to use their legal muscle against phuge-successornographers producing Disney-themed porn. Do you believe Disney should protect their brand and our kids!  If so, please sign the petition by clicking the graphic) Thank you for being a Change Agent!
Election Day is almost here! Let our next President know that preventing the exploitation of children online MUST be a national priority by signing the Children’s Internet Safety Citizen’s Pledgesign-citizens-pledge

Changing The Culture

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The first week of November is National WRAP Week. Become educated, equipped and empowered  to better understand pornography’s harms,  tricks pornographers use to get kids to their sites and other important information for parents.porn-free-wi-fi
We have put together simple safety tips with short videos to empower you to prevent your kids from  porn, predators and other dangers.
Get the full Emmy-winning Internet Safety 101 TV series  now on Vimeo and the 101
Curriculum on Amazon. Get yours today!

See our Resource Center emmy-awardfor up-to-date resources by clicking on  graphic at the bottom of the screen to be redirected to our Resource Center!

Finally, our partner, The  National Center On Sexual Exploitation also has some great webinars this week. Check them out here!

 


EIE In the News

Press Releases:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH® JOINS HOMELAND SECURITY CAMPAIGN URGING FAMILIES, EDUCATORS, AND COMPANIES TO BE MORE VIGILANT ONLINE

CQ RESEARCHER: PORNOGRAPHY — DOES IT POSE A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS?


Take Action! Become a Change Agent!

Find out more about our campaigns and how you can Take Action to help make the Internet safer for Children and Families! CLICK HERE to visit our Action Center!

Please support our mission to make the Internet Safer for Children and Families with your most generous donation today or become a regular partner by joining Donna’s Team, The President’s Circle or the CEO’s Circle!

Help Us STOP Disney Themed Porn

SIGN OUR PETITION NOW
HELP US STOP DISNEY-THEMED XXX PORNOGRAPHY

eie_meme_09202016_ed-04Dear Friends and Partners in the Movement,

We need your help. What I am about to tell you will shock you, but its true.

For 15 years, we at Enough Is Enough® , have patiently urged Disney executives to take action to stop the proliferation of Disney themed hard-core porn sites, in particular, Disneypornland. These sites-are a clear violation of Disney’s copyrighted brand as well as its signature cartoon characters.

They portray beloved Disney characters performing graphic sexual acts with one another.
Sorry parents and grandparents, they are all there. Ariel, Snow White, Cinderella, and more. Why? Because the multi-billion Internet porn industry has successfully used deceptive and misleading marketing tactics to trick online users to get them to their porn sites.

I’ve avoided making this issue more public out of concern that traffic to these sites would explode and millions of curious seekers would be exposed to the disturbing videos and images that would be difficult to erase from their minds. Trust me, don’t look, don’t search. You can’t “unsee it”. If you don’t believe me, you can simply view our Internet Safety 101 teaching series film trailor here in which I use a Disneypornland, with blurred images, as an example of the misuse of popular cartoon characters.

I first brought this issue to Disney in 1999 and several times since then. I had hoped that Disney would have taken aggressive action to enforce their copyrights. But today, sadly, Disneypornland has not been taken down and has only grown to incorporate the newest and most popular Disney characters. And it’s gotten much worse, My recent Google search on Disney-themed porn yielded more than 12,600,000 search returns. In other words, there a many other obscene porn sites that are now exploiting and capitalizing the Disney brand and characters.

Why? Because they can. Only Disney has the muscle and legal authority to take action.
Disney themed porn is a serious issue. Online pornographers will stop at nothing, and don’t believe for a minute they are not after your kids.

Pornographers understand that the sexually exploitative pornography they produce and distribute is highly addictive. If they can get children hooked at a young age when they are curious, their hormones are raging and their brains and bodies are underdeveloped, they will likely have a consumer for life unless the addiction cycle is broken.

“I think about every person in this generation, and probably the one before us, have all looked up pornography once in their life. Even if you’re not looking for it, you could be innocent on the computer…and it’ll find you.” — Zach, 15 yr.old, Internet Safety 101 DVD

Will you join us in urging Disney to aggressively pursue the shutdown popular Disney-themed porn sites, for the sake of children and families in America and all over the world?

Please sign this petition today. It is going to the inboxes of 7 top Disney executives. We are not messing around. Enough Is Enough!

Thank you for the sake of children and families worldwide,

Yours in the Fight,
Donna Rice Hughes
President & CEO
Making the Internet Safer for Children and Families.
http://www.enough.org, http://www.internetsafety101.org , http://www.friendlywifi.org

P.S. In case you missed it, I wrote an article on this issue that ran in the Washington Examiner last Friday. Read it here.

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Enough Is Enough® is a national bi-partisan non-profit organization who has led the fight to make the Internet safer for children and families since 1994. EIE’s efforts are focused on combating Internet p*rnography, child p*rnography, sexual predation, and cyberbullying by incorporating a three-pronged prevention strategy with shared responsibilities between the public, Corporate America, and the legal community.
http://www.enough.org. http://www.internetsafety101.org

EIE Newsletter for October 2016

Dear Friends, September was a busy month filled with huge victories to  shape public policy and change the culture!

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and we have lots planned in partnership with the National CyberSecurity Alliance and the Department of Homeland Security so be sure to stay plugged in to EIE for more information to keep your family safe. You can read more about our partnership and commitment HERE

Shaping Policy – This is Historic!

The  Presidential nominees from both parties are supportingThe Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge.to utilize the Oval Office to lead in preventing the Internet-enabled sexual exploitation of youth online.  We need your help to get the issues talked about in the debates and the media by signing your name to The Citizen’s Pledge. We will send all the names to the candidates and media so that kids’ safety online is talked about by Trump, Clinton, the media and in the  debates.
Click HERE to read more about the Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge and to sign  Sign the Children’s Internet Safety Citizen’s Pledge Our goal is 25k signatures!
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Changing the Culture

Thanks to you, we have been hitting homeruns with the National  Porn Free Wifi Campaign. We are targeting libraries, hotels and more restaurants next. Stay tuned for a huge announcement soon!
IF you haven’t already, please add your name to our Thank you to McDonald’s for filtering their WiFi nationally and to Starbucks for their pledge to begin filtering.Learn About McDonalds’ and Starbucks’ commitment to family safe Wifi .

Thank Starbucks and McDonalds for Filtering Their Public Wifi

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EIE In The News

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Donna Rice Hughes on EWTN News Nightly 

Donna Rice Hughes was on The Laura Ingraham Show on September 28th, talking about the Historical Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge. You can listen with a subscription HERE.

Print Media:

NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER: THE POLITICS OF PORNOGRAPHY
THE CHRISTIAN POST: SEXTING HAS BECOME ‘RITE OF PASSAGE’ FOR TEENS, INTERNET SAFETY ACTIVIST WARNS PARENTSWND: MYRA ADAMS TALKS TO ACTIVIST WHO ROARED BACK FROM SCANDAL VIA ‘GOD’S FAITHFULNESS’

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: HOLLYWOOD ATTACKS PARENTAL MOVIE FILTERING OK’D BY CONGRESS

AUGUSTA FREE PRESS: SEXTING HEADLINES EMPHASIZE NEED FOR VIGILANCE

WND: WOMEN COMMIT SUICIDE OVER HORRIFIC ‘CYBER RAPE’ TREND

CNSNEWS: DONNA RICE-HUGHES ON LATEST WEINER SCANDAL: A ‘TEACHABLE MOMENT’ ABOUT THE ‘DANGERS OF SEXTING’

THE HILL: TRUMP AND CLINTON VOICE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO PROTECT CHILDREN ONLINE

Take Action! Become a Change Agent!

 Friend, we are making a HUGE IMPACT to protect kids online but we can no longer do this without your financial support. If you agree that we are winning big, will you support us? EIE is  a small donor supported organization. Here’s how you can help!

Donate- and help make the internet safe for children and families 

For the Sake of the Children,

Donna

PS.  Learn More About October and Cyber Security Month Get involved with National Cybersecurity Awareness month efforts

Parents, Whack-a-mole, and Cyberthreats

Stop. Think. Connect. 

Enough Is Enough Joins Homeland Security Campaign Urging Families,

Educators, and Companies to be More Vigilant Online

WASHINGTON, DC— Enough Is Enough (EIE) joins the National Cyber Security Alliance cyber-security-buttonand the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Security Awareness Campaign for National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). “Stop.Think.Connect.” is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.

“Internet safety and security are a crucial part of parents’ lives in today’s digital world,” says Donna Rice Hughes, President of Enough Is Enough, producer and host of EIE’s award-winning Internet Safety 101 Program to educate and empower parents to protect kids online. “Cyber security awareness month is an ideal reminder to parents to become more aware of their children’s activities online, discover what they don’t know and learn how to be their children’s first line of defense. In the ever evolving digital world where kids are constantly connected and dangers are prevalent, parents can feel they are playing whack-a-mole in their attempts to keep kids safe. We encourage parents to have a reality check and recognize that even the smartest most responsible of children are not always immune from online threats. This month, EIE joins hundreds of other organizations to help sure that every parent has the tools needed to prevent the misfortunes we see in the news.”

Internet safety is a shared responsibility between the public, corporate America and government. Parents cannot do the job of corporate America and law enforcement. This is why EIE continues to press forward with its current National Porn Free WiFi Campaign urging American companies offering free public WiFi to their patrons to voluntarily filter child porn and pornography.  In response, McDonald’s is now filtering their in store WiFi in nearly all of their 14,000 stores and Starbucks has issued a policy to do the same. EIE launched The Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge asking the Presidential Nominees to uphold the rule of law by aggressively enforce existing federal laws to prevent the sexual exploitation of children online, including the obscenity, child pornography, sexual predation & sex trafficking laws. Donald Trump signed the Pledge and Hillary Clinton sent a letter of support for the Pledge’s goals.

Studies have shown:

  • Internet safety is the 4th top ranked issue on the list of health concerns for U.S. children and sexting is ranked 6th. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital (2015)
  • 83% of b15oys and 57% of girls have seen group sex online; 32% of boys and 18% of girls have viewed bestiality online.
  • In a random sample study over 14% admitted to cyberbullying another person, with spreading rumors online, via text, or email being the most common form of bullying. (Cyberbullying Research Center, 2015).
  • 60% of teens who admit to being bullied online have told an adult (compared to 40% last year). Cox. (2014) “Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey.” The Futures Company.
  • One in two parents do not use any blocking or filtering software on their children’s Internet enabled devices.(FamilyPC Survey, August, 2001)
  • 1 in 5 teens have used a private browsing feature so their parents can’t see the sites they’ve visited. Cox. (2014) “Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey.” The Futures Company.

 

Enough Is Enough® is a national bi-partisan non-profit organization who has led the fight to make the Internet safer for children and families since 1994. EIE’s efforts are focused on combating Internet p*rnography, child p*rnography, sexual predation, and cyberbullying by incorporating a three-pronged prevention strategy with shared responsibilities between the public, Corporate America, and the legal community.  www.enough.orgwww.internetsafety101.org

National Cybersecurity Alliance builds strong public/private partnerships to create and implement broad-reaching education and awareness efforts to empower users at home, work and school with the information they need to keep themselves, their organizations, their systems and their sensitive information safe and secure online and encourage a culture of cybersecurity.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Donna Rice Hughes, please contact Cassandre Durocher with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at 703-739-5920 or cdurocher@sbpublicaffairs.com.

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My Statement on the Debate Tonight and OpeED in The Hill Today

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Dear Friends,
Are you as excited as I am about the Presidential Debate tonight? I have been sharing with you the great news about how both candidates have committed to support the Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge and I am happy to share with you that today The Hill published my opinion piece, “Trump and Clinton Voice BiPartisan Support to Protect Children Online.”  I think the timing is perfect! You can read the whole piece HERE. Please share and add your own comments in the com-box underneath my piece!
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Below I have included my Media Statement regarding tonight’s debate. I look forward to discussing it in the days ahead.
Tonight, I’d like to invite you to join me in real time on Twitter as we watch the debate together! Make sure to follow me @DonnaRiceHughes and use the hashtags #debate #debatenight  #PresidentialPledge and #PresPledge16 !
Here is my Press Statement:
 
For Immediate Release
September 26, 2016
 
Protecting Children from Online
Sexual Exploitation
“Key Campaign Issue”
Donna Rice Hughes Available to Discuss Debate
WASHINGTON, DC — In the first of several Presidential debates, Internet Safety Advocate Donna Rice Hughes, President of Enough is Enough, urges the Presidential candidates to remember their commitment to protect children from online sexual exploitation. Both Presidential candidates have expressed their support for The Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge. “For the first time in history, making America safe also includes making the Internet safer for children and families.  It is critical that America’s next Commander in Chief take the lead in fighting the war to keep our children safe online from predators, pornographers and traffickers, who are knowingly breaking the law. By taking a stand during the debate, the candidates will show true leadership and commitment to uphold the rule of law as demonstrated by supporting the Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge” says Hughes. “It is also my personal hope and prayer that each nominee as well as the moderator will stay on the high road during tonight’s debate. The high road always wins!” concluded Mrs. Hughes.
Enough Is Enough® is a national bi-partisan non-profit organization who has led the fight to make the Internet safer for children and families since 1994. EIE’s efforts are focused on combating Internet p*rnography, child p*rnography, sexual predation, and cyberbullying by incorporating a three-pronged prevention strategy with shared responsibilities between the public, Corporate America, and the legal community.http://www.enough.org.EIE does not endorse or oppose any candidate. Please follow us on Facebook @EnoughIsEnough, Twitter @EIETweets
I look forward to watching the debate tonight!
Sincerely,
Donna Rice Hughes

Donna’s Press Statement: Weiner’s Woes Worsen

STATEMENT OF INTERNET SAFETY ADVOCATE DONNA RICE HUGHES ON ANTHONY WEINER SEXTING REPORT

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Washington, D.C–” Reports indicate Anthony Weiner has been knowingly sexting with a minor, a fifteen-year-old high school girl. While sexting may unfortunately be the new normal for youth and adults alike, adults sexting with minor children is a crime.  Mr. Weiner’s compulsive sexting behavior has sadly already cost him his promising political career, his marriage, his family, and now, may result in criminal charges.

This latest story provides yet another teachable moment for parents to communicate with their children the negative consequences and dangers of sexting.  Parents must become good cyber-parents and the first line of defense to protect their kids from all dangers online including online predation, pornography and cyberbullying. Implementing non-technical measures such as knowing your child’s online activities combined with implementing parental, controls including monitoring, might well have prevented this young girl from sexual exploitation.
Bottom line: caution. Sexual exploitation is a real and present danger. No child is immune. This is why online safety is the fourth leading health concern in United States and sexting is ranked 6th,” said Donna Rice-Hughes, President of Enough Is Enough, the pioneering Internet safety organization.
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For more information on Protecting Kids Online go to  http://internetsafety101.org/safety ; and on Sexting and Safety Tips for Parents http://internetsafety101.org/sexting
To read the NY Post Story Click Here.

 

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Teaching Your Kids to Combat Cyberbullying

Note: a Special thanks to guest blogger Deborah Lansing for this informative piece on cyberbullying!  
— Donna Rice Hughes, President & CEO, Enough Is Enough

lady-on-cellParenting in the digital era has to be taken to another level. Not only must we be aware of the dangers that lurk around our local community but we are now dealing with dangers stemming from every corner of the world due to technology.

Cyberbullying is one of the issues that has come with the digital age and its effects have been saddening, at times even tragic. From false rumors spread online to mean texts, threats and even identity theft, cyberbullying comes in many forms.

It is much easier for anyone to bully or to get bullied online, rather than in real life. While 19.6% of students have reported being bullied at school, 43% of teens have reported being bullied online. Arming your kids with the right tools to combat cyberbullying is one way you can help beat this global issue as a parent and raise kids that are not bullies; kids who know how to stand up for themselves and for others. The following tips by the Digital Avengers Cyberbullying Campaign will help you to raise kids who are capable of handling this modern issue.

Say no to compromising media – Your kids should be taught that no matter how much they may trust someone, they should never send inappropriate photos or videos of themselves because they could be used against them. Moreover, data such as passwords and addresses should never be shared online for the same reason.

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Think before you post – Teach your kids to think before posting something inappropriate on social media that could lead to bullying and future consequences. The same goes for those participating in cyberbullying. Kids should be taught that posting something that ought to be private, simply to make fun of someone else is a form of cyberbullying.

Commenting or liking is adding fuel to the fire – Your kid may not be the initiator of cyberbullying but if he likes or shares the post, then your kid is only participating in the success of another cyberbullying story.

Teach them not to be bystanders – “90% of teens who see cyberbullying say they ignored it,” which is a significant statistic. Encourage them to report cyberbullies whenever possible (this is easy to do on social media sites). They can also comment and say that they are against such bullying and they can reach out privately to the victim to show their support.

Save evidence – Whether they are the ones being bullied or witnessing someone else being bullied, teach your kids to save evidence. Emails, social media posts, screenshots and other forms of evidence will all help to bring down cyberbullies.

Don’t fight it alone – Even the most confident adults can struggle to handle cyberbullying, let alone kids who are just finding their feet in the world. Cyberbullying has led to several tragic stories and so your kid should know that he should never fight this battle alone. Finding the right support system — parents, teachers and good friends will help your kid come out of this stronger than ever.