July 30, 2014

MT Students Participate in Drug Abuse Resistance Education Camp

Posted on July 29, 2014 by in Hometown, Montana

From KPAX.com.

ELLISTON, MT – More than 30 incoming middle-school students are having fun and learning at Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Camp.

Helena police officers and deputies with the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office, along with a team of high schoolers, facilitate D.A.R.E. camp.

Deputy James Turpin is one of the facilitators. “We bring them to camp for two nights and three days where they participate in lots of team building events, lots of fun games.”

The abundance of activities available to the youngsters comes with learning valuable life lessons.

D.A.R.E. Camper Jason "Apache" Mandy D.A.R.E. Camper Jason “Apache” Mandy

“When you’re young, you say, ‘Oh I’m not going to smoke.’ Just stay true to your word and that’ll happen,” Kinzlee Leeland said.

“You should get outdoors and that it’s really easy to make friends because if you just get along with people it’s easy I guess,” Micknley Hoffer added.

About another 30 to 40 children will attend session two of D.A.R.E. camp later in the week.

D.A.R.E. Students Aim to Collect 25,000 Pairs in Annual Shoe Drive

Posted on July 27, 2014 by in California, Hometown, News

Students in Drug Abuse Resistance Education classes will be looking to find new homes for unwanted soles during the fourth annual D.A.R.E. shoe drive, beginning in August.

Steve Abercrombie, the D.A.R.E. program educator, said the goal was to collect 25,000 pairs of new or used shoes. Last year’s shoe drive netted 6,000 pairs.

During the past three years, donations were collected by the nearly 2,000 Tracy area D.A.R.E. students, but this time, Abercrombie decided to call for contributions from throughout the city.

D.A.R.E. Dunk Tank a Safer Plunge

Posted on July 25, 2014 by in Hometown, News, Ohio, Spotlight

D.A.R.E. Dunk Tank

Donated materials allow for reconstruction Down you go (Photo by Terry Brlas) The D.A.R.E. dunk tank is back and improved for the 2014 Homecoming. A reconstruction of the unique apparatus has rendered it safer. Pictured is Strongsville Assistant Police Chief Mark Fender taking the plunge. From www.thepostnewspapers.com STRONGSVILLE – One of the more popular locations at the […]

D.A.R.E. Camp Teaches Safety and Drug Abuse Resistance

Posted on July 25, 2014 by in Hometown, Mississippi, News

From Mississippi News Now

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - There’s a unique summer camp happening this week at D’Iberville Middle School aimed at keeping children safe and teaching them how to make wise decisions.

2014 Alabama D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year Cindy Rohrscheib

Posted on July 24, 2014 by in 27th International Conference, Alabama, Hometown

Chief Culpepper, Cindy Rohrscheib, Robin Snider

Photos of Cindy Rohrscheib during her acceptance of the Alabama D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year award. In the photos with Cindy: her twin sister Deputy Jennifer Chaffin, Chief Culpepper, and D.A.R.E. Alabama Coordinator Robin Snider.

Ohio D.A.R.E. Officer Trainings Reach 26 Years

Posted on July 22, 2014 by in Hometown, Ohio, Training

By Kari B. Parsons- D.A.R.E. Ohio Training Director

Hello Ohio D.A.R.E. Officers!

My how times flies! It has been 26 years since the very first Ohio DOT. DOT #1 was held in April of 1988. DOT #2 was held in October of 1988, DOT #3 in March of 1989, DOT #4 in June of 1989, DOT #5 in August of 1989 and DOT #6 in October of 1989.

Wanda Brister, Texas D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year

Posted on July 20, 2014 by in 27th International Conference, Hometown, Texas

From www.beaumontenterprise.com Wanda Brister showing her trophies as the Texas Dare Officer of the Year and 1st place for the Jasper PD D.A.R.E. car. Photo by Jeff Reedy Wanda Brister of the the Jasper Police department returned form Gaylord, Texas with all the top awards. Brister herself won the Texas D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year award and the […]

D.A.R.E. Officer is Inspiring Youth With His Books And Music!

Posted on July 20, 2014 by in Hometown, Mississippi

Arthur Avant Is A True Hero And Role Model For The Youth! From fox2548.com Officer Arthur Avant is a well known public figure in the North MS Area. Officer Avant is a man of many talents. He is a D.A.R.E. officer, artist, author, rapper, entertainer, and personal trainer. He is inspiring the youth all over the […]

Kids Learn New Hobbies That Steer Them Clear of Drugs Through D.A.R.E. Program

Posted on July 20, 2014 by in Hometown, Kids, Missouri, Spotlight

From fox4kc.com HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — Law enforcement officers are teaching kids in Cass County, Mo., about fishing, archery and other shooting sports at a special camp this week. At the Harrisonville city park the sessions are helping keep kids on the right path in their lives. It’s part of a Drug Abuse Resistance Education program […]

Protect Your Children Online

Posted on July 17, 2014 by in Bullying, Hometown, Internet Safety, Kids, Massachusetts, Parents

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/72/Technology.jpg

From Carriage Towne News

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

MARLBOROUGH, MA —If your child is not “online” already, he or she may soon be joining the millions of children who are using the Internet. Whether using the Internet at home or school, the online world offers children experiences that can be both educational and rewarding, but sometimes pose a risk. In an effort to help parents protect their children online, Better Business Bureau offers tips to avoid the most prevalent risks that children may encounter.

The Internet poses new challenges for parents and caregivers because, unlike television or radio, the Internet is interactive. Your child can interact with anyone online from home, school or elsewhere. The Internet allows any user, anywhere, to post information, including materials that are inaccurate, misleading and inappropriate for children. It also enables anyone to collect personal information from your child.

“As a parent, it can be difficult to closely supervise children as they roam across websites where danger might lurk,”said Paula Fleming, vice president of the local BBB. “However, children need to understand the rules and risks of cyberspace.”

Here is a list of the most prevalent risks that children may encounter online:

Bullying and harassment - This is most likely to occur through social networking sites or through email or text messages. It’s important to listen to your children and encourage them to discuss their fears and feelings about such incidents. The online safety website SafeKids.com has a page of resources to help you deal with cyber bullying.

Reputation-harming online posts - Children may not understand that “online is forever.” Posts can haunt them at some point in the future and may be saved by someone, even after it has been deleted. Be sure your kids understand this, especially as it applies to photographs. Take the time to use a search engine to check up on what has been posted by or about your children.

Phishing attempts and identity theft – Help your children understand that emails requesting passwords and usernames may be fake, even though they look legitimate. They should never click on links in such emails. Explain to them that passwords should be shared with no one except you, and make sure your devices’operating systems and security software are kept up-to-date.

Inappropriate content – Children can easily stumble upon material that is sexual, violent or illustrates illegal activity. SafeKids.com also has resources for parents who discover that their children have been viewing pornography online.

Online stalkers/predators – Though such incidents make newspaper headlines, the risk of a child or teen being harmed by someone they met online is considered to be low. Nevertheless, common-sense rules always apply. Any communication your child has with an unknown person online that veers into subjects like sex or physical details should be ended at once and reported to you. Call your local police department if you suspect your child is being contacted for sexual reasons.

Parents should also review privacy protection rules with their children. Teach your children that they should never give out personal information (including their name, home address, telephone number, age, race, school name or location, or friends’ names) or use a credit card online without your permission. Look into software or online services that filter out offensive materials and sites. Many Internet Service Providers and commercial online services offer site blocking, restrictions on incoming e-mail, and children’s accounts that access specific services.

For more information you can trust, visit bbb.org/boston.