The Internet and all its advantages are also being used to harm our children. Each day online sexual predators contact unsuspecting and unsophisticated children with the main purpose of taking advantage of their inexperience. Cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying by known or unknown online Internet users erodes our children's sense of self-worth and esteem.
St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) February 25, 2009
Keeping children safe in their own backyards and in front of computers is a diligent and ongoing task for parents. Now, two organizations dedicated to child safety have joined forces to increase awareness of the danger posed by sexual predators, online stalking, harassment and bullying. Both organizations are instrumental in facilitating tougher laws to deter sexual predators.
Denise Pellow, founder of KidsBeSafeOnline LLC, and Derek VanLuchene, President of RyanUnited.org, bring personal experience, research, common sense and technology to address the issues of child safety. Both organizations are involved in legislative and educational efforts to increase the awareness of predatory activities that endanger young people worldwide.
VanLuchene, of Helena, Montana, experienced personal tragedy in 1987, when Ryan, his then eight-year-old brother was kidnapped by a repeat sex offender while playing in his backyard. The boy was sexually assaulted and murdered by the offender who had been released from prison just weeks before, and had served time for a past sexual assault against a 13-year-old boy.
To best serve Ryan's memory, VanLuchene launched RyanUnited.or], a website dedicated to coordinating information and resources for parents, educators, law enforcement professionals and counselors to develop programs related to tracking and managing sex offenders.
According to VanLuchene, "our family has vowed to make a difference and ensure that Ryan's death was not in vain. We founded RyanUnited.org as the 'go-to' resource for law enforcement, parents and all others who are dedicated to protecting our children from perpetrators. We are instrumental in contributing and testifying for legislation to toughen laws related to sex offenders."
Pellow, who specializes in child safety and technology, says, "The Internet and all its advantages are also being used to harm our children. Each day online sexual predators contact unsuspecting and unsophisticated children with the main purpose of taking advantage of their inexperience. Cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying by known or unknown online Internet users erodes our children's sense of self-worth and esteem."
"By teaming with Derek VanLuchene, KidsBeSafeOnline LLC and RyanUnited.org will make a very effective, comprehensive resource and defense to protect and educate our children and their families about inappropriate behavior."
Pellow has also researched and written a new book, The Five Dangerous Trends Concerning Kids, Technology and the Internet. This publication offers real life scenarios and solutions to keep children safe online and avoid the consequences of predatory contact.