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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Free Children's Internet Safety Webinar

Creating iLANDS™ of Safety for Kids Online




Free Children’s Internet Safety Webinar

Thursday, September 25th

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. est


Guest Speaker Debbie Johnston, People Magazine’s “Hero Among Us”

Join this mom, teacher and internet safety advocate to learn how to

protect your child from online dangers


Thousands of children a year are victims of cyber bullying, on line predators and exposure to unwelcome content, yet the internet is crucial to our children’s future success.


A true solution is needed


In this free online conference (“webinar”) participants will learn how to:


Stop cyber bullies


Protect children from online predators


Prevent inappropriate material from reaching children online


Give children FREE and SAFE access to the benefits of the internet


Participate in a live Q&A with Debbie Johnston and other experts



To Join This Free Webinar go to

on Thursday, September 25th   At 2:00 p.m.



R.S.V.P.s are appreciated to



No special equipment or software is needed other than your computer and speakers. During the webinar your computer may prompt you to download the latest version of Flash Player.


Future live re-broadcasts will be announced at


Brought to you by and  1-877-iLAND5-0




Monday, September 22, 2008

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum do you do with a drunken pirate? Throw her in the brig--or, if you're Millersville University, deny her a teaching degree. That's what happened to Stacey Snyder, a then-27-year-old student teacher who posted a self portrait to her MySpace page under the caption "drunk pirate," even though it was not clear from the photo exactly what liquid was in her plastic cup. The Pennsylvania-based university decided the picture was "unprofessional" enough to rescind Snyder's degree, just days before it was to be awarded in May 2006. Snyder sued the university in federal court, claiming it violated her First Amendment rights (not to mention, of course, her Right to Paaaaar-tay). As of publication date of this story, that suit is still active.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Understanding the Benefits and Risks of Texting

By Jace Galloway-Shoemaker

What Is Texting?

Texting is a form of wireless communication where users send or receive short, digital messages electronically.  Texting is also known as SMS (Short Message Service).  Although the bulk of texting is done via mobile-to-mobile devices, websites and companies are also jumping on the bandwagon.  Some companies allow users to “web text” by sending and receiving text messages to mobile devices from their computers.  Many provide the service for free. 

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Wakulla County Schools Offer iLANDS of Safety for Kids Online


Editor's Contact: Linda Chaney, LLC
Tel: 1-877-ILAND5-0
Cell: 727-481-0096

Wakulla County Schools Offer iLANDS of Safety for Kids Online
First Free, Safe Children's Website.

August 6, 2008

Clearwater, FL, August 6, 2008…SafeWave LLC, creators of, a
new children's internet safety network, announced today that the Wakulla
County school system has taken a proactive role in offering the secure
network to their student body.

Last year the Wakulla County school system joined the Attorney General's
cyber safety program and is now delivering that commitment within the
school walls to protect their students on line. Florida is among a long
list of Attorney Generals nationwide who look favorably on this solution
to protect children on line. was launched just a little over
a year ago and currently has schools in four states, and children as far
away as the UK as part of their secure network. is the only free network to offer children ages 5-18, five,
age appropriate "iLANDS" to explore fun and educational games, enjoy
protected socializing with other children their age, homework help, art
and many other activities.

Unique to is the security process that only requires a
school's verification of the child's age and identity to access the
website. Predators cannot pose as children on Once assigned
an age appropriate iLAND, children can't be exposed to inappropriate
material or conversations. The iLANDS are monitored by filters and "eyes
on" to prevent bullying or other unwelcome advances. Additionally, links
taking children off the secured iLANDS are not available. They are safe
on their iLAND, free to play, explore, learn and interact with other
children their age worldwide at home and in school.

"We welcome this partnership to help our schools overcome the threats
that sites like MySpace pose, particularly cyber bullying which is also
a disruptive force in their education" says Alan K. Rosier, Director for
Technology Services Wakulla County School Board. Mr. Rosier was
instrumental in bringing the iLAND5 network to the seven schools in the
Wakulla County School system. "The internet is an important part of a
child's learning, but we must protect them from the unsavory side of the
internet" says Mr. Rosier.
Headquartered in Pinellas County, Florida, created the
iLAND5 network in response to the seriousness of online predators and
the growing scholastic and parental concern for children's online safety.

"This is not just filtering software, or a program of pre-selected
choices" says Randy Stafford, President of, former school
psychologist and contributing developer of the site's content.
" offers a dynamic, environment on a secured website that
promotes healthy social, emotional and intellectual development of
children – and kids think it's fun!"

Earlier this year, Florida Governor Crist signed "Jeff's Law" requiring
schools to deliver cyber bullying prevention and education programs to
their staff and students or risk loosing certain state funding. Debbie
Johnston, initiator of Jeff's Law, recently joined at the
National PTA Leadership Conference to introduce "Cyber
bullying is a pandemic that must be addressed by schools and parents"
says the mother, teacher, and internet safety advocate. "I believe helps schools and parents work together to stop cyber
bullying and other on line dangers."

By age 14, 77% of children have been contacted by a predator. Only 25%
of those children tell their parents. Thousands of children a year
succumb to cyber bullying by taking their own lives.

"We applaud the proactive efforts of the Wakulla County school system to
protect kids at school. The single most important thing parents can do
to protect their kids on line at home is to put them on" says
Safe Wave LLC founder and CEO Steve Schechner.

The company's mission is: To provide a free, safe and secure
collaborative network for students, protecting them from inappropriate
or harmful influences. The network promotes creative individualism, fun
educational activities, fiscal responsibilities and community
involvement in a safe and secure social environment between peers.

Visit to register your child or school, or call
1-877-iLAND5-0 for more information.

Additionally, is hosting a free webinar "Creating iLANDS of
Safety For Kids Online" including guest speaker Debbie Johnston on
September 25th at 2:00 p.m. EST. Reservations can be made at


Monday, September 1, 2008

Sticks and stones: A new study on social and physical pain

Public release date: 27-Aug-2008

Contact: Catherine West


Association for Psychological Science

Sticks and stones: A new study on social and physical pain


We all know the famous saying: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me," but is this proverb actually true?


According to some researchers, words may pack a harder punch that we realize. Psychologists Zhansheng Chen and Kipling D. Williams of Purdue University, Julie Fitness of Macquarie University, and Nicola C. Newton of the University of New South Wales found that the pain of physical events may fade with time, while the pain of social occurrences can be re-instantiated through memory retrievals.


The researchers set up four experiments to demonstrate this finding. In the first two experiments, participants reported the amount of pain they felt while trying to relive a physically or a socially painful experience. After writing detailed accounts of each experience, the participants reported how they felt.


The last two experiments were similar to the first two, except participants were asked to work on some cognitive tasks with different levels of difficulty after reliving a socially or physically painful event.


The results, published in the August issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, are clear. Participants who had to recall a socially painful experience reported stronger feelings of pain and relived the experience more intensely than those who had to recall a physically painful event. Furthermore, participants who only had to recall a physically painful event performed better on the difficult mental tasks in comparison to those who had to relive a socially painful event.


A possible explanation for these results could be the evolution of the human brain, specifically in an area called the cerebral cortex, which is responsible for complex thinking, perception and language processing.


"The evolution of the cerebral cortex certainly improved the ability of human beings to create and adapt; to function in and with groups, communities, and culture; and to respond to pain associated with social interactions," the authors wrote. "However, the cerebral cortex may also have had an unintended effect of allowing humans to relive, re-experience, and suffer from social pain."




Author Contact: Zhansheng Chen


Psychological Science is ranked among the top 10 general psychology journals for impact by the Institute for Scientific Information. For a copy of the article "When Hurt Will Not Heal: Exploring the Capacity to Relive Social and Physical Pain" and access to other Psychological Science research findings, please contact Catherine West at 202-293-9300 or

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