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One Million Kids Safe Campaign
A Jacksonville, Fl software developer launched the nationwide initiative One Million Kids Safe Campaign.
* Grassroots - geared toward reaching caregivers on a personal level to educate them on the importance of protecting our children.
* Faith-based - partnering with churches and organizations around the country providing training and education to church leaders, youth leaders, and parents.
* Youth Awareness Rallies - engaging youth of every race, culture, gender, and social class in workshops, panels, and forums that stress the importance of online responsibility.
* Campaign website - a conduit between communities, state agencies and the federal government regarding child Internet safety.
Founder Edward J. Weston comments on the need for the campaign: "Why the necessity of a national campaign? America is in a national crisis. And not only is the crisis in America, but Internet crimes are occurring all over the world. The FBI is not the only organization chasing pedophiles and predators. INTERPOL has its share of case studies. A national campaign is not only a good suggestion, it is a requirement. It takes an entire village to raise one child."
The One Million Kids Safe Campaign echoes the concern of Mary Kay Hoal, concerned mother of five and creator of Yoursphere, the safest online destination for kids and teens through 18. Yoursphere is a community designed to provide a safe, engaging place for kids to interact and explore their interests. Yoursphere proactively blocks cyber sex offenders from creating memberships using age verification and confirmation of parental identity.
By actively providing resources for children to be safe on the web, sites like http://yoursphere.com are helping children to enjoy the benefits of the Internet while staying protected from sexual predators and pedophiles.
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Our aim is to create the safest online destination for kids and teens up to 18 -- a dynamic, supportive environment where self-expression, creative participation, and healthy peer-to-peer relationships are encouraged.