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Old 01-13-2007, 04:42 PM   #11
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Much appreciated Dom. There are 92 offenders listed in the area surrounding the suburban/rural area that I live in. This has always been the sleepiest of areas but it's coming everywhere. folks. I don't hover over my oldest but you can believe that I keep tabs...close ones. It's unfortunate that in our society, we have no choice but to take extra precautions to protect our kids. I can't allow my kids that same freedoms that I had growing up....even in a "safe neighborhood". No paranoia just wisdom.
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Old 01-13-2007, 06:22 PM   #12
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92! Wow! And I felt uncomfortable when I found 12 in our radius!
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Old 01-13-2007, 06:27 PM   #13
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92! Wow! And I felt uncomfortable when I found 12 in our radius!
I know....I'm shocked. You can't believe how "safe" this area is said to be....excellent rated schools, good property values.....this is depressing.
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Old 01-15-2007, 12:04 PM   #14
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I know....I'm shocked. You can't believe how "safe" this area is said to be....excellent rated schools, good property values.....this is depressing.
Same situation with my area kind of shocking at first. I dont know about your list mine had alot of people on there twice. Some because they moved to another location (farther away) others just repeated. Still it is a good site definitely a good reminder that we dont live in Cleaver world anymore.
I showed it to my kids not to scare them but just so they are aware.
Excellent post Dom thanks.
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Old 01-15-2007, 12:38 PM   #15
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I have 4 cops within one block ...two dogs within calling distance ..and 9mm's within arms reach..I feel pretty safe.
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[/QUOTE]I get what you're saying. I have a dog, a cop across the street and firearms that I know how to use. But all of those things don't help my kid if he gets approached outside of our home. Thankfully he's been trained in Taekwondo (getting ready to go for his blackbelt in February) but still the fact remains that it's questionable how much power a child could muster against a grown man with a weapon or a person with the cunning to convince them.

If I didn't pray daily for God's protection over my kids, I don't think I could let them out the door.
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Well put flood the point is knowing what is out there when your children arent by your side.
The sick minded individuals that are listed are for the most part cowards that is why they prey on the innocence of those that are weaker. The last thing on most of these peoples plan is to attack you where there is any chance of you being defended like your home. It is much easier for them to pick a target where they are more vulnerable such as a playground or bus stop.
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Here is Some Help to Protect against Sex Offenders:...Copy or print if needed!!!! If you have children..PLEASE dont just skim through this!!!

1) Teach Children Key Information. Teach your child(ren) their full name, address, phone number with area code, parents' names and work phone numbers. Practice reciting this information often as children may often forget pertinent information over time. Also practice how to make an emergency call to you or 911 from a pay phone.

2) Teach Children Who is Safe.
Children should be taught at an early age what type of "stranger" is okay to ask for help when they are lost or frightened. Good examples are: a mother with children, a counter clerk in a store or a uniformed police officer. Next time you visit a store, practice picking these types of people out with your child(ren).

3) Know Where Your Child is Going.
Children should always inform you before they go anywhere. This applies to older children as well since they are equally at risk to abduction by registered child offenders. As you give your older children more freedom, reiterate safety rules with them. As a parent ask the questions: who, what, when, where, why and take the time to follow up on their responses.

4) Teach Children about the Buddy System.
Never let your children go anywhere alone. Remind them that there is safety in numbers and they should always use the buddy system, never going anywhere alone. Stress the point that they should avoid situations that might isolate them from others or crowds.

5) Don't let Children be Lured in.
Children should be taught not to go near cars or be lured by adults asking for directions, help finding something they lost, that their parents are in trouble and that they will take them to mom or dad. Make sure your child understands that they should always keep a safe difference from strangers and never get close.

6) Develop a Password System.
Children can be very trusting of adults, especially adults whom they may be somewhat familiar with. It is critical that you and your child(ren) have a password system. Work out ahead of time an arranged password that any adult whom tries to accompany them must have before they will go anywhere with them. Pick a password that is both easy for your child to remember and something that is not easy for a stranger to determine (don't make a password out of a name or address). Share the password only with your child, family members and trusted friends.

7) Reinforce Safety Skills.
Parents should seize opportunities to reinforce safety skills. If an incident occurs in your community, speak frankly about it and use this time to discuss and re-emphasize the safety rules with them. Be sure to comfort them with the fact that there is always someone who can help them. Please visit www.goodknight.org for Government Sponsored Abduction Prevention Materials (books, tapes, DVD videos, & programs). These materials are bilingual (Spanish/English). Some of the safety films were written, created, and directed entirely by children so that other children could learn how to protect themselves from dangerous situations by recognizing the behavior patterns of those who might try to harm them.

8) Always Keep an Up-To-Date Record of Your Child's Information & Discription.
In case of an emergency, it is imperative that a readily available, up-to-date record is kept. Records should include a recent photograph, fingerprints, physical attributes and even a DNA sample. The easiest way to keep up-to-date records on your child is with a child ID kit. You can print or download a free Child ID Kit.

9) Know How to Report Your Missing Child.
Time is a very critical factor in abduction cases. Seventy four percent of children who are abducted and murdered are killed within three hours of the abduction. When you can not find your child, you should immediately call your local law enforcement and provide your child's name, date of birth, height, weight, and any distinctive marks such as eyeglasses, braces or scars. Request that your child's information be immediately entered into the National Crime Information Center's Missing Person File. After you have reported your child missing to local law enforcement, call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.

10) Take the Initiative to be Informed.
As a parent, be informed by knowing where the child offenders live in your neighborhood and around your local schools. The National Alert Registry has a wealth of information on registered child offenders all in one place, including photos, addresses, degree of criminal offenses, and distinguishable markings. Visit the National Alert Registry at www.NationalAlertRegistry.com where retrieving this important information is fast and affordable, making it easier for you.


To Protect Against On-Line Predators:

1)Put the family computer in a common room, not in a child's bedroom.

2)Educate children about online predators. Make sure they feel comfortable talking to you if someone approaches them online.

3)Teach children to never leave a chat room's public area to enter a private chat room.

4)Young children should not use chat rooms, but if they do, make sure you monitor which ones they visit and who they talk to.

5)Teach children not to respond to instant messages or emails from strangers.

6)Create a family email address, and make sure children use that instead of a private email address.

7)Consider installing parental control software that monitors instant messenger and chats for explicit language.

8)Teach children to never share any personal information online.

9)If your child has a profile on MySpace or another social networking site, go through their list of friends and make sure they know each person in real life. Also, make sure that they have not posted any personal information on their profiles.

10)Make sure your child understands that they should not meet with anybody they have met online unless you are present.

11)Familiarize yourself with Internet chat code. Kids sometimes use these acronyms to hide what they are saying from parents and teachers.

12)Teach children not to download images that strangers send them online since they could contain pornography.

13)Have children choose a gender-neutral screen name for instant messaging and chat rooms.

There are several signs that your child may be the target of a predator, including
1) withdrawing from family and friends
2) spending a lot of time online
3) and receiving mail, gifts, or phone calls from people you don't know.

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Very good stuff thanks for posting
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Thanks LLT...copied. Good info with a few ideas that I hadn't heard.
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