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Spotlight on our Member of the Month

The mission of Boys Town Central Florida, in Oviedo,
is to change the way America cares for children,
families and communities by providing and promoting
an Integrated Continuum of Care that instills Boys Town values
to strengthen body, mind and spirit.

Boys Town Central Florida serves abused, abandoned and neglected youth from all over the state with its Family Homes Program, Intervention and Assessment Center, and In-Home Family Services. Last year, Boys Town started a Common Sense Parenting Program and a Behavioral Health Clinic for youth and families. For more, please call (407) 588-2170. Click for website

Coalition Meetings

Help strengthen our community. Both members of the coalition and county residents are encouraged to attend our meetings. Coalition meetings offer an excellent opportunity to network with Seminole County residents and to learn more about the health
of our county.


Next meeting:
Oct. 24, 2014

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Seminole County Sheriff's Office
100 Bush Blvd., Sanford, FL 32773
(First floor community room)


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News


Special Agent Frank Heinzmann, of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Cyber and High Tech Crimes Squad, advises parents to keep an eye on what their children are doing online and to use filtering and monitoring software on their computers.


Keep your child safe online

SANFORD – You wouldn’t drop off an 11-year-old child at a shopping mall alone and on their own, would you?

That’s essentially what parents are doing when they let their young children surf the Internet unsupervised in their homes, said Special Agent Frank Heinzmann, of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Cyber and High Tech Crimes Squad.

Heinzmann’s specialty is Internet crimes against children and he gave an informative and important presentation on the subject during the August meeting of the Seminole Prevention Coalition.

“The Internet is probably the greatest double-edge sword ever,” Heinzmann remarked. The global system of computer networks offers a vast array of useful information. But it also contains many dangers, such as child sex predators, who find and groom their victims online.

“These guys are everywhere,” said Heinzmann, who added that last year there were about 1,500 computers advertising child pornography in Orange County alone.

The FDLE squad works with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC), (link: www.missingkids.com) and is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (link: www.icactaskforce.org), a network of 61 coordinated Task Forces representing more than 3,000 Federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies.

“No one agency can take this on by itself,” Heinzmann said. “Unfortunately, we are very busy.”

According to NCMEC, 1 in 7 children who go online will get solicited by a child sex predator, 1 in 3 will be exposed to unwanted sexual material, and 1 in 25 will get a request from a child sex predator to meet in person.

Also, 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimized before
they reach the age of 18. That victimization can range from sexually explicit pictures to sexual battery, and only 1 in 3 victims will come forward.

There are 620,000 registered sex offenders in the United States and 100,000 are non-compliant and/or missing, Heinzmann added. Finally, two thirds of sex offenders in prison victimized children.

Child sex offenders use the Internet to network with like-minded offenders, trade child porn and gain access to children, Heinzmann
said. Oftentimes, these predators will hide their true identities in order to make friends with children online.

The danger areas that parents should beware of are:

  • Chat rooms, which are now accessible via smart phones

  • Peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks, such as Kazaa, LimeWire and Shareaza

  • Online video games

  • Social networking sites, such as Facebook, Myspace and MeetMe

  • Smart phones, where kids can access the Internet, text and use photo apps like Snapchat

Again, Heinzmann urges parents to prevent their children from going online unsupervised.

Parents should make sure their children’s computer screens are visible to them. They should also utilize parental control software, such as Net Nanny and WebWatcher for computers, and My Mobile Watchdog for smartphones.

“If something doesn’t look right to you, tell somebody,” Heinzmann added.

If you suspect your child could be the victim of an Internet pedophile, call your local law enforcement agency. You can also visit Cybertipline.com, which will direct you to an agency in your area, or Missingkids.com. To learn how to teach children to be safe on the Internet visit Netsmartz.org, and go to SecureFlorida.org for more tips.

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A Drug Take-Back Day Moment


It stopped raining long enough in late September for this man to bring a bag full of unwanted drugs to the Lake Mary Police Department for proper disposal during the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The fall event took in 5,737.3 pounds of expired and unwanted medications throughout Central Florida. In Seminole County, 1,434.5 pounds of drugs were collected.

 


Got Sharps?

Seminole County offers a variety of options for safe, easy and free disposal of your used sharps.

Click here for a list of fire stations which accept used hypodermic needles and lancets.

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Programs and Services for Children & Families

The Seminole County Resource Directory is a comprehensive listing of local, state and national resources available to Seminole County families. Please feel free to copy and distribute this publication as needed.

Thank you and remember, “Primary prevention interrupts the cycle of violence.”

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