KIDS LIVE SAFE: A Family Safety Blog

School Security: Are your children safe?

A new technological device called the School Gate Guardian is being dubbed as “the next evolution in school security.”

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Nine Connecticut school districts are implementing the School Gate Guardian into their safety measures. Read More

With the arrival of September comes the arrival of rustling papers, slamming lockers, and excited voices: it’s back-to-school season.

For non-parents, this means that roads may become more congested, and you may have to drive with more caution. For parents, this means that your home will be significantly quieter for about 40% of the day.  It means that your children are again venturing into the world to broaden their education. It also means that they’re more at risk. Read More

Jared Fogle CHARGED: From Subway to Slammer

Defining Stereotypes: What Does a Predator Look Like?

Last month, the public received a startling report: Subway spokesman Jared Fogle had been raided by the FBI at his Indiana home. The charges? We didn’t know at the time. Subway has since cut off any ties with Fogle and has scrubbed him clean from both the website and the stores.

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Charges are now filed and Fogle has been charged with “travel to engage in elicit sexual conduct with minors.” Before this charge, the only information known was that he allegedly possessed child porn, after Jared’s Foundation’s executive director was arrested on federal child pornography charges this past spring. A few weeks later, incriminating texts surfaced, in which Fogle and a former female Subway franchisee discuss Fogle’s previous sexual encounter with a 16 year-old girl.

The most common reactions included “I can’t believe it” and “He never seemed like that type of person.” But the problem is this: what exactly is “that type of person?”

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In the age of “LOL,” hashtags, and emojis, the Internet is hardly a new tool. The world has seen a dramatic technological revolution, and the Internet has proven to be a valuable gateway to information and connections. But there’s a flip side; the Internet can also be pruned to become danger’s best weapon. Read More

6 Lessons You Should Teach Your Children at a Young Age

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The topic of sexual abuse is sensitive and is often difficult to put into terms for younger children. Although it might be an awkward conversation to start, every parent needs to teach their children about the potential dangerous situations they may encounter. But how do you teach your child in terms that they understand? What is the most effective way to make sure that they can handle any situation or person that may approach them? Read More

They wave hello as you garden, they watch over your house when your family is away, and they watch your kids when you’re in need of a helping hand. Most people would consider their neighbors as friends, or at least people they know pretty well. However, what if you don’t know your neighbors as well as you may think? Since your neighbors are those that live closest to you, it is important that you spend some time making sure you can trust them – especially with your kids.  Read More

Your Child’s World – The Digital Age

Quick Test For You…

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Can you name three apps that your children use on a daily basis? If you answered yes, you are on your way to understanding the digital world your child utilizes on a day to day basis.
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The LA Times again continues their excellent reporting on sex offenders. In this article they identify that California sex offender data for October 2011 to Jan. 1, 2013, show a 65% increase in warrants for those who were tracked by GPS units and went missing.

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LA Times: Parolee GPS ankle monitors – Major flaws found in vendor’s system

The Los Angeles Times continued their excellent eye-opening reporting on the flawed state of sex offender tracking within California with their latest piece on 3/31/13.

Here is an excerpt: Read More