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We recently bestowed the “CyberHood Watch Magic Wand” to Judy Graybill, and here is the exact quote:
Recorded live on 5/5/09 and the Quote Timestamp is: 01:18:31 – 01:19:49
Well, my biggest thing if I would be able to wave the Magic Wand, would be education, free education for all children all the way through high school, and make the resources available.
And yet, it’s a little bit different than, you know, a stepfamily issue, but it is very much in respect kids and their families.
Education is so very important. People, who have a quality education, do so much better, not just academically, but emotionally, and mentally, and intellectually as well. So, education is very important and if I have a magic wand that’s what I would do.
Make education free for all children, all the way through high school at least, and make the resources equal all across the board for all schools.
That means equal salaries, competitive salaries for good teachers. That means computers, books, you know, extracurricular, I’m a big fan of extracurricular activities like band, artists, you know, bring back the pottery, and the stuff that some places take away when they’re trying to do the budget cuts.
We recently bestowed the “CyberHood Watch Magic Wand” to JoAnn Collins, and here is the exact quote:
Recorded live on 4/28/09 and the Quote Timestamp is: 57:13 – 57:59
I would say an enforcement of an idea.
The issue, you know, people say every once in awhile well, we need more laws. No. We have laws, we have great laws, we have section 504, we have individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
If I had a Magic Wand, I would say enforcement.
The State Board of Educations finally wake up and decide to enforce ideas in their state and the Department of Education gets off its butt, which I hope it’s okay to say on radio, [chuckle...It is.] get off its butt, and start taking away Federal funding. Then, that’s when things will change.
We recently bestowed the “CyberHood Watch Magic Wand” to Darlene Siddons, and here is the exact quote:
Recorded live on 4/21/09 and the Quote Timestamp is: 01:04:47 – 01:05:22
Oh Wow…I just think that if every human being on this planet could have overpowering self-esteem and self-worth, and know what beautiful children of the universe they were, and really got who they were, how powerful they are. Oh, I mean, wouldn’t that be astounding?
We recently bestowed the “CyberHood Watch Magic Wand” to Drew Reed, and here is the exact quote:
Recorded live on 4/14/09 and the Quote Timestamp is: 01:02:15 – 01:04:15
I guess; if I was going to wrap it up, as I would say, don’t be afraid. And I would say don’t be afraid of a couple of things, don’t be afraid that technology is over your head, don’t be afraid in your own home of your kid, don’t be afraid to be involved in your community.
That may take many different forms… that may take, maybe that’s a civic club that you’re involved in. Maybe that’s a church that you are involved in, maybe that’s just your work place that you’re involved in. We are involved in, invariably, in every area of our life we are involved in some way or another. I would be hard pressed to find that there are many people out there who aren’t, and certainly, people who are listening to this radio show today are involved in some way.
And so, the first point of being involved is to not to be afraid. Well, how do you not become not afraid?
You begin to take action, and you take action deliberately, and you take action to address a concern, an issue, that is very real and it is not going to go away.
And so, how do you go about doing that?
Maybe the first step is to say something. Maybe it is something about ‘Hey,’ are you guys concerned about this with your kids? I am seeing this with my kids right now. Maybe, it’s a nephew or a cousin that you know of. It’s addressing the issue there, hey, I saw this going on with Johnny, have you seen this as well?
And sometimes that first little spark, by just saying something, gets us over this hurdle that we think is way higher in our minds, but is not that high at all, which is by just taking that first step, it always becomes easier to take the second and third.
Same thing with exercising, the more you exercise the easier it becomes. So, what I would encourage parents to do and people listening, and in my own life, I speak this into me too, is don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid to take action, don’t be afraid to say something, don’t be afraid of your own home, don’t be afraid of technology. Take action, and you can say that’s being engaged, but that’s what I’d like to see parents do. I would like to see them take action.
We recently bestowed the “CyberHood Watch Magic Wand” to Robin Sax, and here is the exact quote:
Recorded live on 3/31/09 and the Quote Timestamp is: 58:50 – 01:01:07
Well, it’s funny that you would ask this question because this is kind of the advance preview of my deadline book that’s due tomorrow actually, to my publisher.
I have a book coming out; it’s basically, the companion book to the hundred questions. It really, actually, goes into a lot of what we talked about. It’s about me as a parent, it’s my conflict, and I really have sections on it if I were judge, jury, and lawmaker too, what I would do if I were to change the system.
And I have a list that I’ve been creating, you know, I’m a fan of these lists here. So, I have about fourteen or fifteen different things that I would do, and a lot of the things I would do, again, go back to my same theme of honoring children.
We talk about protection of children, but yet we still put children all the time into situations that are difficult, uncomfortable, and some of the things would include changing how courtrooms are structured.
There’s a lot of things out there that have been done by individual judges, by individual lawyers, and by individual jurisdictions, but really creating more of a uniformed protocol to how we deal with child sexual assults, Internet abuse, child exploitation, all these crimes that deal with children, and put them into their own little category.
Right now, there is a lot of battle, right now, on Capitol Hill about the Adam Walsh Act and sexual registration. No matter what people think about the sexual registration laws, one of the goals of the Adam Walsh Act was to make uniform requirements for the registration of sex offenders between the different states. I think that’s a fabulous approach for the offender and for victims because really you have an offender who lives in one state moves to another state and there are different rules and different requirements, it’s confusing.
You know it’s difficult; it’s difficult for enforcement, and I think that we need to go to a more uniformed approach. And then have specialists from all different disciplines, from social workers, lawyers, psychologists, child advocates, doctors, and all the people who are involved with the protection of children, to come together, and create that protocol to maximize the benefits to children and to own our children in the way that they should be.
We recently bestowed the “CyberHood Watch Magic Wand” to Heather Steele & Kevin Conde, and here is the exact quote:
Recorded live on 3/24/09 and the Quote Timestamp is: 01:00:54 – 01:03:35 | 01:05:14 – 01:06:55
Kevin Conde: I think the main thing is to be aware, and I’m sure you have emphasized this before, is that parents have to be aware of what their kids are doing on the computer, and the computer cannot be a babysitter without an adult monitoring it.
Limewire is to me, it’s perhaps unfair, but Limwire, Bearshare, Frost Wire, Effects, has become a real red flag. And that’s because even if they’re peer-to-peer, or even when you think about it, it’s just sharing music that still has a copyright issue with it. But there are so many other things that can be shared through Lime wire. So, anytime I see a computer with Lime wire on it, I start looking.
And awareness is more like anything else, I’m sure Heather is going to agree with me, that there’s been so many times that I’ve worked a case when a child was abused, and the other parent said initially, well, I never suspected it. But, once you get into the case, you realize they did suspect it, but they didn’t want to confront it.
So, if you have the slightest suspicion, you have to in this day and age, and it’s unfortunate to say that you can’t trust anybody. But, if you have the slightest suspicion that there is something inappropriate going on between an adult or a child, and it’s not always an adult, sometimes the kids are the ones who are the abusers.
You have to tackle it head-on.
You cannot be afraid of calling your police department and saying this is just a little bit unusual, and we want you to look in… We had an example of a neighborhood watch block party, where someone called us up and said there’s this one guy going around and getting email addresses from thirteen-year-old girls.
That’s not right in 2009. It’s not right and this person had the courage to at least suggest it. Think about it, it takes a little bit of courage because it could be a completely innocent thing, where he’s the husband of a Girl Scout troop leader, and he’s trying to get girls into a program that’s a great program, but the bottom line is he’s an adult male asking for thirteen-year-old email addresses.
Someone needs to go find out what’s going on. And too many people would be afraid, I don’t want to get involved in it, you got to get involved. All of us have to keep our eyes open and if you see something that doesn’t look right, have the courage to call.
Heather Steele: Well, I think it’s important to talk about this, and everything starts with awareness. So, if you’re aware of a situation and you talk to other people about it and you talk to your local community leaders about it, whether it be your city council, or your representatives. You can resell it to your police department and ask them how they’re doing and say we want to help you, how can we help you. Maybe you have bake sales, maybe you have garage sales, community car washes, whatever kind of community fundraiser you can do. But you can also go to Innocent Justice Dot org, you can join us with your email address.
We’ll be doing political campaigns, kind of sending out emails to State Legislators,and Federal Legislators because this is the problem at every level, at the local, the State, and the Federal level. And of course, God forbid you ever find anything like child pornography on an iPod, cell phone, or a computer.
The first thing you need to do is report it, you can call 911, or you can report it to the cyber tip line. That’s cyber tip line Dot com: the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. And really, just make sure that you talk about it with other people because, there was an article that was published yesterday, it was huge, it was talking about this problem. And I think more media that reported about it, the more people talked about it, the sooner our elected officials are going to realize that they cannot continue to cut funding in this area.
We recently bestowed the “CyberHood Watch Magic Wand” to Miranda Mercuri, and here is the exact quote:
Recorded live on 3/17/09 and the Quote Timestamp is: 51:40 – 52:50
My goodness, you’ve caught me off guard there. Magic Wand, huh?
Well, for me it’s important that kids have role models and mentors. It’s easy for children to get off track, I mean just like adults, as well, from work, business, and what not.
And part of the program that I created was having mentors out there for the kids. A place that they could call and talk about, you know, whatever obstacles they were facing. Where they learn positive thinking and values, and visions, and all this that they can really work on.
That’s where I’m heading with that…keeping them safe online is just a wonderful addition to already what we’re doing in terms of teaching children, you know, basics, safety even on the streets.
Whom they’re talking to, the text friends who they want to hang around with, some of the issues they’re having at home and in school. I think online safety goes very well and works hand-in-hand already with the mentoring program that we have going.
We recently bestowed the “CyberHood Watch Magic Wand” to Jim Fulton, and here is the exact quote:
Recorded live on 3/10/09 and the Quote Timestamp is: 01:03:00 – 01:05:06
I think it really is about bringing accountability to what we do online, and to make it easy for people to be safe without it being such a big burden.
When you go and do things online, shopping, paying bills, and so forth, right now as you said, the banks and others make it your responsibility, and make it really on your head to stay safe.
And they’re ways that we as an industry, we as a society can change that, so that, it is much easier, so that you can trust when you’re shopping, when you’re banking, when you’re kids are on a social networking site. And there are ways to do it without giving up our civil liberties or giving up our privacy.
And so we at DigitalPersona think we are helping to take things in a step towards that by giving you that control over your most personal of data and over that identity online so that we can bridge your actual person to your DigitalPersona.
We see that moving out into the future and we certainly hope that that becomes the norm that it allows people to use the Internet more safely with greater confidence.
For businesses to be able to operate because certainly in this economy, for us all to get out of this, finding ways to be able to boost our productivity will also be a key part of how we’ll turn this around for everybody, and so, we’re hoping to do our small piece both at home and in the office.
We recently bestowed the “CyberHood Watch Magic Wand” to Heather Steele, and here is the exact quote:
Recorded live on 3/3/09 and the Quote Timestamp is: 57:10 – 57:25
I think it’s really just the money. If we can get that three billion dollars allocated towards the team, I’d retire from this division and I could go back to having a life that didn’t involve dealing with child sexual abuse every day. That’s what I would do, just the three billion dollars, and I could rest and know that it’s being taken care of.
We recently bestowed the “CyberHood Watch Magic Wand” to Jodee Blanco, and here is the exact quote:
Recorded live on 2/25/09 and the Quote Timestamp is: 01:01:15 – 01:03:09
One thing, and it’s funny I say this because I know, Courtney Duncan, is that I think the biggest problem we have with bullying is that it’s like the Wild West. Not only does every state have a different definition for what school bullying is every school district within every community within every state has a different definition and every school within every district and every classroom within every school within every district, it’s like the Wild West.
And I use the analogy of rape. I use the analogy of rape, no matter where you are in the United States, if you’re a woman and somebody rapes you, you know what your rights are. We all know what the definition of rape is. We all know what happens in terms of the legal system that rape is a capital offense. We all know the basic reality, the definition of rape, what to do, that you can go to the police, it’s clearly defined.
Bullying needs to be defined in much the same way. We need one comprehensive definition of bullying that is federal. There needs to be one anti bullying policy and procedures. Federal mandate that every single school has to abide by.
So, no matter where a bully goes to school the rules are the same. Bullying is defined the same way at every school, it’s dealt the same way in every school, and that everyone in America understands what it is and how a school is going to deal with it.
We need a policy for anti-bullying that fits the same way for “No child left behind”. A single document, a policy that’s federally mandated that everybody follows.
And the one thing I want to do is to be on that task force to help create that policy. That’s the one thing I would like for my birthday this spring.