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"When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary." --Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
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o Parents of Teenagers - Resources
o Internet and Cell Phone Protection Resources
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o Scriptures & more on Family, Marriage, & Children
o Sex Offender Registries
o Is ADHD being used as a Clinical Deception tool to produce a generation of drones fit for the UN?
o The consequences of the "sexual revolution"
Upfront: General information and warnings
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Happy Trails... to You (Family Research Council) - Last
year, the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow what they have described as "open
and avowed" homosexual youth into the ranks of Scouting. FRC played a leading
role in attempting to deter this change of the BSA's long-term policy preventing
active homosexuals from being Scouts. Sadly, at last spring's national BSA
convention, a vote was taken that permanently changed the nature of what
historically has been a program that celebrates the Judeo-Christian vision of
human sexuality. As a result, FRC participated in a meeting of national
Christian leaders held in June to begin planning a new, faithfully Christian
alternative for boys and young men.
With partners like Eagle Scout John Stemberger, President of the Florida Policy Council and long-time Scout executive Rob Greene, we helped encourage the formation of a new ministry called "Trail Life USA ." Trail Life "is a Christian adventure, character, and leadership program for young men. The K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man's skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers. Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible." On January 1, Trail Life formally launched with more than 500 troops in 42 states.
FRC is excited to be supporting a new youth movement that stands unequivocally for biblical teaching on human sexuality, is grounded firmly in Scripture, and offers America's young males the opportunity of gaining the skills, and shaping the character, that build boys into young men and future leaders. With our friends in American Heritage Girls, we look forward to watching how God uses Trail Life in many lives. As both an outdoors and character-forming ministry and as outreach to boys who need healthy male influences, I encourage you to check out Trail Life and see what troops are near you -- and how you might begin one yourself!
True Tolerance Website Creates New Resource for Parents, Guardians by Bethany Monk - Talk of marriage and sexuality: These issues are splashed across the headlines, woven into song lyrics, and are covered often in TV shows and movies. Sometimes they are even part of a public school curriculum. So, what do parents do when what they are teaching their children at home is out of sync with what schools might be teaching? Focus on The Family’s TrueTolerance.org. is offering a new free resource. “Empowering Parents,” a downloadable how-to kit, provides a checklist enabling parents and legal guardians to be a voice in the school system. It also helps them see where to begin the process.
Smart Shepherd provides parents with the newest innovative technology for protecting their children remotely. With smart phones quickly replacing the computer, hundreds of apps are created by the minute generating new and trendy ideas that will captivate the demographic of today's younger generation. Of course we all know about emails, text messages, photos, websites, and Facebook posts; but what about VIBER, Skype, WhatsApp, Vine or Snapchat? Who knows what the next new social app or "social trap" may be? Smart Shepherd stays up-to-date with the latest trends and all new media sources so parents don't have to. In addition to capturing real-time phone activity, that parents can view from their online portal, Smart Shepherd equips the child's phone with a Panic Button to be used in any emergency. With the push of the button, the child's phone automatically sends a text notifying the parents of an emergency situation, providing a map to the child's location, all the while taking photos of the surrounding area and uploading them to the parent's portal for immediate viewing.
ADHD: “ADHD is a fictitious disease” by Moritz Nestor - The alarmed
critics of the Ritalin disaster are now getting support from an entirely
different side. The German weekly Der Spiegel quoted in its cover story on 2
February 2012 the US American psychiatrist Leon Eisenberg, born in 1922 as the
son of Russian Jewish immigrants, who was the “scientific father of ADHD” and
who said at the age of 87, seven months before his death in his last interview:
“ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease” (Blech, Jörg: Schwermut ohne
Scham. In: Der Spiegel, Nr. 6/6.2.12, p. 122–131, p. 128.)
...It is this issue that the American psychologist Lisa Cosgrove and others investigated in their study Financial Ties between DSM-IV Panel Members and the Pharmaceutical Industry7. They found that “Of the 170 DSM panel members 95 (56%) had one or more financial associations with companies in the pharmaceutical industry. One hundred percent of the members of the panels on ‘Mood Disorders’ and ‘Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders’ had financial ties to drug companies. [...]
The connections are especially strong in those diagnostic areas where drugs are the first line of treatment for mental disorders.”8 In the next edition of the manual, the situation is unchanged. “Of the 137 DSM-V panel members who have posted disclosure statements, 56% have reported industry ties – no improvement over the percent of DSM-IV members.” (DSM Panel Members Still Getting pharma funds. URL: http://www.cchrint.org/tag/lisa-cosgrove/ [8.2.2012 23:21:29])
“The very vocabulary of psychiatry is now defined at all levels by the pharmaceutical industry,” said Dr Irwin Savodnik, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at Los Angeles.10 This is well paid. Just one example: The Assistant Director of the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School received “$1 million in earnings from drug companies between 2000 and 2007”. (Cf. http://www.cchrint.org/tag/lisa-cosgrove/)
In any case, no one can easily get around the testimony of the father of ADHD: “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.” The task of psychologists, educators and doctors is not to put children on the “chemical lead” because the entire society cannot handle the products of its misguided theories of man and raising children, and instead hands over our children to the free pharmaceutical market. Let us return to the basic matter of personal psychology and education: The child is to acquire personal responsibility and emphatic behavior under expert guidance – and that takes the family and the school: In these fields, the child should be able to lead off mentally. This constitutes the core of the human person.
Warning: Smart phone images use GPS trackers to mark your location
Susanne McDonald is like any parent. She loves to take pictures
of her four year old daughter, Laine, with her smart phone. But taking pictures
and placing them on a website could be dangerous. On Twitter, Facebook,
Craigslist and Photobucket, you can find pictures of children, and these images
give away the locations of the children in them.
Parents of Teenagers - ResourcesTrue Love Waits - Years ago a small group of students in the Nashville area committed themselves to Christ in the pursuit of purity. Little did they know that shortly thereafter there were going to be thousands of additional students join them in what came to be known as the movement of True Love Waits.
App for Mobile Phones Designed to Bring Accountability - The XXXChurch.com now offers the X3watch app, downloadable for free from iTunes App Store, and for $4.99 in the Android market. The app works by recording the name of any questionable website, along with the date and time the user visited it, and then sends that information via email to the person listed as an "accountability partner." ...X3watch is an accountability software program helping with online integrity. Whenever you browse the Internet and access a site, which may contain questionable material, the program will record the site name, time, and date the site was visited. A person of your choice (an accountability partner) will receive an email containing all possible questionable sites you may have visited within the month. This information is meant to encourage open and honest conversation between friends and help us all be more accountable. Get X3watch on PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad/iTouch and Androids
Unbridled Web 2.0 by Rebecca Hagelin - So, most parents are asking themselves, "What is Web 2.0 anyway?" 2.0 is the "term" used to describe interactive technologies and systems that are internet enabled. For instance, your child's cell phone and PDA may have internet capabilities. The term also encompasses social network sites, blogs, video-sharing sites, computer gaming systems and anything that involves interactivity. Such devices and abilities are very cool and offer tons of fun but they also pose great risks.
Your child no longer has to be "bound" at a desk in front of a computer screen to have the world â€“ and everyone in it - at his fingertips. Every day children who visit interactive sites interact with strangers. And, more and more often, home-spun internet porn has been appearing everywhere from the school bus to the back seat of mom's mini van. One mom recently shared with me how devastated she was to discover that the months of giggling and whispering from the back of her car weren't caused by the typical pre-teen gossip. They were caused by nude and semi-nude cell phone photos being freely passed around nearly every day right under her nose. The porn shop was her car, and the porn stars were school children who were sexting each other.
This mom thought she was doing nearly everything right: she stays home in order to be present and active in her children's lives. She drives carpool several times a week to further bond with her children and their friends. She was making all this wonderful effort and still the worst of the worst was happening right in her own car.
Is there anything you can you do to stop the invasion of your car, your home, and your family sanctuaries by perverts and predators, for crying out loud? Yes! This is the last column in a three part series on the very real threats posed to our children through modern technology. The first week I covered dangerous Internet content - the prevalence of pornography - and how to keep it out of your home. In week two I discussed how contact is frequently made with your children by those who seek to do them harm, and gave tips to keep children from these online predators. The problems of both pornography and predators are present and dangerous in Web 2.0, but this week I'm focusing more on the conduct of children when they are online.
Here are a few tips to help your child steer clear of negative online conduct, both their own and others:
- Explain that there are rules that must be followed â€“ and why. One of the key rules is that you will review the content of their Facebook pages, e-mails and gaming habits.
- Purchase only devices that come with parental controls. Visit your local tech store with your child and ask someone to show you how to use them.
- Monitor which sites your child visits. Even with an internet filter, you should always check out the browser history.
- Learn to recognize the behavior signs that indicate children are involved in risky behavior. There is a very good description and discussion about this at www.Internet Safety 101.com
- Talk to your children about the wise use of technology, and set boundaries. It's not just content that's harming our children; it's also the amount of time they are spending online. Children who spend too much time chatting online tend to move into inappropriate subject matter and use inappropriate language.
- Remind your children that anything they post or say is open for the entire world to see. There is no true privacy in texting, e-mail or social networking sites.
The many practical solutions to dangerous online content, contact and conduct are contained in the new program, Internet Safety 101. Log on to InternetSafety101.org (Enough is Enough) for the most comprehensive set of Rules and Tools ever created to keep children safe online. If you don't keep them safe â€“ no one will.
Preventing the Sexualization of Your Daughter by Vicki Courtney -Chances are you remember the rumblings in the news about the American Psychological Association and their groundbreaking discovery that the proliferation of sexualized images of girls and young women in advertising, merchandising, and media is harmful to girls' self-image and healthy development.1 When I heard it on the news, I stared at my TV in total disbelief and mumbled, "Nah! Ya think?" The study took aim at everything from sexually salacious ads to the tarted-up Bratz dolls popular with young girls. Every forum of media was fair game, including video games, song lyrics, magazines, and the round-the-clock bombardment of sexual images found on television and the Internet. Sexualization was defined by the task force as occurring when a person's value comes only from her/his sexual appeal or behavior, to the exclusion of other characteristics, and when a person is sexually objectified, i.e., made into a thing for another's sexual use. While the overall finding of the study may not come as a surprise, it should serve as a wake-up call for parents who have somehow rationalized that it's a battle not worth fighting. Take a look at some of the fallout the study confirmed: Cognitive and Emotional Consequences: ...(more)
Dr. Scott Lively, internationally-known expert on the "gay" agenda, releases blockbuster book (now free on-line) on how to understand and fight back from Christian perspective.Most people know Scott Lively as a major figure among pro-family leaders. He is an attorney, pastor (with a PhD in theology) and an international consultant on family issues with more than twenty years of ministry opposing the "gay" political agenda around the world.
He has written several classic books on the homosexual agenda, including "The Pink Swastika", "The Poisoned Stream," and "7 Steps to Recruit-Proof Your Child". He has run a pro-family law firm in California and is now an activist pastor in Springfield, Mass. (We've been honored to have had him as a featured speaker at two recent MassResistance banquets.) For the past ten years, while lecturing and consulting on pro-family strategies in more than 30 countries, Dr. Lively has been writing the world's first textbook that teaches pro-family advocates how to defeat the homosexual agenda and re-establish family-centered culture in their respective nations from a Christian perspective.
The title of the book is "Redeeming the Rainbow: A Christian Response to the 'Gay' Agenda". The 232-page book is now being made available free on-line! It is sure to become another classic. MassResistance.org posted the entire book HERE, and also broken it up into chapters for easy reading. There's a lot of meat in this book: background facts from history to philosophy to strategy, a lengthy discussion of the homosexual movement, and even the history of the "gay marriage" issue as it began in Massachusetts. "This is my free gift to the international pro-family movement," said Lively. "Everything I've learned in twenty years on the front lines of the 'culture war' is in this book. I want pro-family people to have free access to these insights, analysis and strategies so that they will know that there is still hope for re-building family-centered culture, and how they can achieve that goal. "I have devoted thousands of hours of work and all of the skills and training I have acquired through my career to produce the most straightforward, concise and easy-to-understand guidance that I can," he added.
Internet and Cell Phone Protection Resources
Protecting Your Kids on the Internet (WhoIsHostingThis.com) - For children of today, it's hard to imagine what life would be like without access to the Internet. Many schools require Internet usage for doing homework and other educational activities. It is also possible to establish and maintain friendships with people across the country or even the world by going online. At the same time, there are dangers that lurk in cyberspace of which children and parents need to be aware. Scammers, identity thieves, child predators, and cyberbullies are among the many hazards that face children when they get onto the information superhighway. Ultimately, the task of protecting children from becoming prey to these threats falls to their parents or legal guardians. In order to keep children safe on the Internet, their adult caretakers will need to understand not only the threats that lurk online but also the tools and techniques that exist for defending children. In addition, they need to protect and monitor their children and teach them how to avoid online trouble.
Enough Is Enough As one of the nation's leading Internet safety organization since 1994, Enough Is Enough responded to this call-to-action by creating the Internet Safety 101SM Program. The state-of-the-art, multi-media program is specifically designed to educate, equip, and empower parents, educators and other caring adults with the knowledge and resources they need to protect children online. The program includes the Internet Safety 101SM Web site, a comprehensive 4-part DVD series, accompanying workbook and other resources. Read more about the program or see what others are saying.
Safe Families (free software) - Safe Families Program has released free software to protect children from pornography and other dangers by blocking them from accessing objectionable material on the Internet. The software is available as a free download at http://www.safe families.org.
Screen It! is an independent website that reviews all major motion pictures and lists every conceivable objectionable element.
Family Online Safety Institute works to make the online world safer for kids and their families by identifying and promoting best practice, tools and methods in the field of online safety, that also respect free expression. We do this through the development of public policy, technology, education and special events. FOSI is a trusted convener, bringing together leaders in government, industry and the nonprofit sectors to collaborate and innovate new solutions in child safety in a Web 2.0 world.
Computer Guide To Online Safety and Viruses (By Ken Kapalowski) The Internet, also known as the information superhighway or cyberspace, is a vast universe of information. When used correctly the Internet also offers computer users access to all the knowledge that humanity has to offer. Unfortunately there are also a variety of criminals that lurk in cyberspace, looking for victims to prey upon. Hackers are malicious users that seek to break into other people’s computers, and one of their favorite tools is computer viruses. Computer viruses are man-made malicious programs that infect computers and cause some form of damage. Cyber bullies are another type of predator whose goal is to harass people and cause them emotional harm, or worse. To get the most out of the benefits that cyberspace has to offer, Internet users will need to understand how to deal with these threats effectively. Click the link or here for details and resources on these threats.
Not My Child: Contemporary Paganism and the New Spirituality by Linda Harvey
The Heritage Foundation's familyfacts.org catalogs social science findings on the family, society and religion gleaned from peer-reviewed journals, books and government surveys. Serving policymakers, journalists, scholars and the general public, familyfacts.org makes social science research easily accessible to the non-specialist.
Trail Life USA - A Christian adventure, character, and leadership program for young men. The K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man's skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers. Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible." As of August 2014, there are 412 chartered troops in 47 states with 275 others in the process of becoming official.
American Heritage Girl - A faith-based alternative to the Girl Scouts continues growing in popularity throughout the United States. Membership rolls for the Girl Scouts have declined by more than 100,000 in the past five years. During that time, the organization has embraced political correctness and removed references to God and country from its printed material and motto.
Girls 'n Grace --- Girls 'n Grace Author Pam Davis Equips Young Girls to Meet the Cultural and Moral Challenges of Today "Today's little girls are growing up faster than ever, urged toward adolescence by the kids at school, television, movies, music, and even their toys--and each of these influences will shape who our daughters become," Davis says. "Now is the time for young girls to learn that when you live in the amazing grace of God, you don't have to give in to the kind of pressures that often lead to bad decisions." ...The release of the first two Girls 'n Grace books, Sydney Clair's Season of Change and Mesi: A Girl 'n Grace in Africa (Authentic), will serve as the introduction to the product line. ...The Girls 'n Grace interactive website includes links for moms, mother/daughter Bible studies, games, a book club, and information about the line of dolls.
Kids 4 Truth International Kids 4 Truth introduces a simple Gospel presentation that blends music, artwork, narration, and Scripture to communicate the unchanging message of Jesus Christ.
Christian Mommies Christian moms looking for parenting information, support and friendship. Connecting Women of all ages and backgrounds in a community of support and love through Jesus Christ.
The Best Friends Foundation An independent study of "Best Friends," a national abstinence-only program for middle-school age girls, is showing genuine results. A study focused on girls participating from 1999 to 2002, "and the results showed that Best Friends girls were six times less likely to be sexually active; about eight times less likely to use drugs; almost two times less likely to drink alcohol; and a little over two times less likely to smoke."
True Love Waits - Complete: A Life of Purity - True Love Waits, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, has released a gender-appropriate flipbook called Complete: A Life of Purity. The release coincides with Valentine's Day, a time in which a large number of True Love Waits abstinence-until-marriage commitment ceremonies are held in churches and other places around the world.
Abstinence Education's Amazing Progress School and community programs provide a positive message to teens.
TeenMania: To provoke a young generation to passionately pursue Jesus Christ and to take His life-giving message to the ends of the earth! A stealthy enemy has infiltrated our country and is preying upon the hearts and minds of 33 million American teens. Corporations, media conglomerates, and purveyors of popular culture have spent billions to seduce and enslave our youth. So far, the enemy is winning. But there is plenty we can do. We need to take action. We need to answer the Battle Cry. Teenmania.org - To provoke a young generation to passionately pursue Jesus Christ and to take His life-giving message to the ends of the earth!
CleanHotels.com to provide you the ability to find and book hotel rooms that do not offer in-room, "adult" (pornographic) pay-per-view movies.
Parents Television Council
Scriptures & more concerning:
Sex Offender Registries
FamiltWatchdog.us is a comprehensive web site that's easy to utilize and open to any and all concerned Americans. Hi-Tech Web Site Helps Parents Protect Their Kids from Sexual Predators Action Alert -The FBI's Crimes Against Children Unit coordinates the development and implementation of a National Sex Offenders Registry, but there have been some complaints regarding their web site being overly complicated. But a private non-governmental organization has developed its own National Sex Offender Registry. Enter an address to view a map of registered sex offenders near you.
National Sex Offender Registry
Map Sex Offenders - A private company has now gone one better, utilizing mapping technology to display registered sex offenders on a map, showing proximity to a given address. www.mapsexoffenders.com has mapped every state but six (Maine, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont and Wisconsin). Utah refuses to allow access to information from its website. The other five do not provide addresses on their sex offender registries.
Criminal Check.com- FREE Sex Offender searches
Child Protection Program - Every state's online sex offender registry
Protect Your Family and Community with AlertIDThe first-of-its-kind, AlertID is a free public service available online and on mobile applications. AlertID is proven to help reduce crime while improving safety and security for children, families and entire communities across the country by providing information and public safety alerts from trusted sources including law enforcement, schools, neighbors, family members and friends.
Is ADHD being used as a Clinical Deception tool to produce a generation of drones fit for the UN?
A psychiatrist with the Christian Medical Association says the U.S. is seeing an unfortunate increase in kids being put on drugs to control their behavior. Dr. Robert Rogan notes that using drugs for kids with behavior problems was hardly thought of 50 years ago; most times, he says, a pill is not the best solution. Generally, he believes children with behavior problems lack one very important thing. The doctor contends, "Children today are not getting the parenting they need on an overall societal basis. They're not being taught godly principles. They're not being given godly, healthy limits on their behaviors. They don't know their boundaries, and consequently they're put under a lot of stress." But Rogan says parents cannot simply return after being absent from the home or busy about other matters, observe their children acting out, and automatically respond by putting them on medication. On the contrary, the doctor insists, in a day and age when it is not surprising to find kids whose parents have never even taught them the Ten Commandments, the real solution to behavioral problems is good parenting. [Mary Rettig]
Click here to learn about the Clinical Deception of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) and Conduct Disorder. A free eBook.
The consequences of the "sexual revolution"
Maybe He's Not Gay: Another View on Homosexuality - New Book by Linda Harvey Especially for youth! We are pleased to announce a brand new book by Linda Harvey, especially for youth. "How many books exist for teens about homosexuality? About the deception of the culture and the hope for every young person?" said Linda Harvey, president of Mission America. ...As more and more young people announce, "I'm gay," it's time to take a closer look. It's a profound declaration, a new civil right (they are told) and it's "who you are." But there's a problem. This is not anything close to the truth, and kids deserve the whole story.
Teens Pay Price for 'Free Sex' (AgapePress) Free sex. That's what the sexual revolution promised adults in the 1960s. Over the last 40 years, even teenagers have been promised the same. But nothing is free, as the old saying goes, especially sex -- and teens are having to learn that the hard way. ...According to the Medical Institute for Sexual Health (MISH), approximately 50 percent of sexually-active teens are already infected with Humanpapilloma Virus (HPV) -- an STD that is the cause of 99 percent of cervical cancer. "This cancer is causing about as many deaths among women as AIDS," said a recent MISH press release. Moreover, the group said, approximately 10 percent of sexually active adolescents are infected with chlamydia, a major cause of infertility, while approximately 20 percent are infected with genital herpes, "a life-long and disabling problem." In addressing the sex education approach most favored by the medical and mental health community -- using condoms -- MISH raised the alarm. "For the infections that are most common to adolescents (such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes) condoms, even when used 100 percent of the time, only reduce the risk of infection by approximately 50 percent," the group said. "For HPV, which is the most common [STD] for adolescents, condoms provide no risk reduction for infection."
A culture awash in porn by Rebecca Hagelin (4/29/2005)...The physical toll alone is stunning: My Heritage Foundation colleague Robert Rector notes that each year more than 3 million teens contract a sexually transmitted disease. According to a February 2004 report by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, almost half of new STD cases occur among people aged 15-24, and at least half of sexually active youth will have acquired an STD by age 25. Worse, Rector says, sexually active teens are three times more likely than their non-sexually active peers to become depressed and to attempt suicide.
PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays)
is aware of the following resources for those struggling with unwanted same sex
attractions, and for their families and friends:
Want to volunteer for PFOX and work to advance the ex-gay community? Send an email to: email@example.com and ask for the current list of volunteer projects.PFOX sponsors an e-mail discussion group at Yahoo Groups at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ex-gay . It is comprised of parents, friends, and spouses of strugglers, as well as ex-gays. You can just read the email postings or join in the discussion at any time with your particular day to day hopes and struggles. If you would like to join, send a blank e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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