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Poll: Lying to Get Kids Into a Better School

Monday, February 7th, 2011

school-yardWould you lie about where you live in order to help your kids get into a better school in a safer environment?

Kelley Williams-Bolar recently found herself with 10 days of jailtime (plus 2 years of probation and 80 hours of community service) when she lied about the town where her children lived in Ohio.  Williams-Bolar lived in an unstable town and wanted to provide her two daughters with a better education in a safer environment. 

Since her father lived in a town with a better school, Williams-Bolar listed his address when registering her girls in 2006.  In 2009, she was arrested, charged with tampering records, and then convicted for felony.

While Williams-Bolar is not the first parent to lie about her address in order to get her kids in a better school, she is the first to be charged for doing so.  Some are surprised by the harsh conviction, wondering why her particular case was brought to court.  Now, she is faced with the extra burden of serving out her sentence while trying to raise her daughters.

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Kidzui.com – A Free and Safe Web Browser for Kids

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

kidzui-homeParents no longer have to be concerned about kids accidentally stumbling across inappropriate content on the web.  Kidzui, the leading developer of award-winning Internet browsers for kids ages 3 to 12, is launching an upgraded browser: Kidzui K2.  Like the original Kidzui browser, K2 will provide kids a fun, educational, and secure way to surf the web, but it will be easier to download and navigate, have a faster load response time, be updated for PCs and Macs, and have no membership regulations.

All the web content and websites that are part of the K2 browser experience will be pre-approved by teachers and parents to increase search functionality and improve learning.  According to a representative at Kidzui, more new websites will be approved and added to K2 every month to “keep content fresh, engaging, and always safe for kids.”  K2 will also provide access to ZuiGames.com and ZuiTube.com, games and video sites developed by Kidzui.  Plus, parents can choose to monitor their children’s web activity by using parental controls and registering for weekly email reports.

So start hovering by your child whenever he’s on the computer and give yourself some peace of mind.

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Stop Cyberbullying With My Mobile Watchdog

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

my-mobile-watchdogIf you’re a parent who has ever wished there was a spam folder for unwanted and unauthorized mobile phone texts and photos, a new mobile application (app) called My Mobile Watchdog is here to help screen your children’s calls and stop unwanted cyberbullying. Robert Lotter, CEO of eAgency Mobile Solutions, developed My Mobile Watchdog (MMWD) as a way for parents to monitor what apps, sites, and communication their children is having with the outside world in order.  We interviewed Lotter for his thoughts on cyberbullying and how My Mobile Watchdog can combat it. 

How would you describe cyberbullying? How is it different from regular bullying?

Bullying can be defined as an act of intimidation against a weaker person to make them do something.  In the past, the bully was usually physically or mentally stronger than the one being bullied.   However, in this world of computers and  modern technology, cyberbullying means intimidating another person online through emails, mobile phone text messages, digital pictures, and social media sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.  Cyberbullying can make a child feel overwhelmed, as if the entire world is against them when, in reality, it is only the universe of school. (more…)

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