Are You Or Your Child A Possible Victim?

Posted in Uncategorized on December 6, 2012 by clunk8784

     A young girl, Jaycee Lee Dugard, disappears in 1991 on her way to school one morning. Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy kidnapped her. Garrido shocked her with a stun gun. They then put her in the back of their car and drove off. When she came to she was handcuffed and in a run-down building with hardly any light and a locked door. She was sexually abused an unknown number of times. When she was fourteen, she had her first child; she then had another child four years later. The father of her children was Phillip Garrido. They held her hostage for 18 years. During those 18 years, parole officers searched the home several times and the Garridos’ were able to distract the officers and they never found Jaycee. All she ever wanted was to see her parents again and to protect her two children that she had while in captivity (Kidnap victim,1).

     Sexual predators do exist and are a very real threat. They do not just walk the streets anymore – they also exist on the internet. Boys and girls are in danger of being targeted more on the internet than on the streets. Sexual predators exist everywhere.

     Predators can be anyone at any given place and time. The internet can help predators find what they are looking for a lot faster and easier. Everyone should be aware of their surroundings at all times, and parents should be aware their surrounds as well as their child’s surroundings.

     All that has to be done is watch the evening news, for example the Jaycee Dugard case or the Elizabeth Smart case can be seen. There are daily reports of preachers, coaches, Cub Scout leaders, police, and even regular everyday people preying on children as well as adults. A sexual predator does not have a particular look that lets us know that he or she is a predator. That predator could even be a family member.

     Sexual predators do not have to leave their homes anymore; all that is needed is a computer. A lot of predators log in to sites such as MySpace, Facebook, dating sites, and chat rooms. If you or your child uses any of these sites, there is always a risk of being preyed upon.

     In an interview with Chris Hansen, Dr. Fred Berlin, a professor of psychiatry at John Hopkins School of Medicine stated,

 

One of the contributory facts – it is not the only one – is the insidious nature of the internet itself. Secondly, there is this anonymity. You feel as though you are there in the privacy of your bedroom. It is not that private, but you do not sense that at the time. And thirdly, there is a distortion of reality and fantasy to some extent. The people feel as though they are playing a game. They are making up who they are. They wonder if someone else is giving a false persona. They begin to do things that in the light of day they might never have done and then, ultimately and sadly, sometimes cross a line that they might not otherwise have crossed (What can be done to stop a predator, 1).

     Most – but not all – sexual predators have a history of being sexually, physically, and mentally abused as they were growing up. For example, “Women who show pedophilia tend to suffer from psychiatric disorders or substance abuse problems. There is a higher correlation between sexual abuses as a child with females compared to males” (Inside the Mind of a Pedophile, 1).

     Biological and environmental factors can be causes of pedophilia. “Cerebral dysfunction may be a contributing or dominant factor of pedophilia, including problems with self-control, extreme urges, and cognitive distortions. Many experts also believe that disorders for sexual preferences emerge from childhood experiences during critical periods in human development” (Inside the Mind of a Pedophile, 1).

     Online predators often look for physical preferences. The preferences they search for are based on hair color, eye color, gender, age, race, height, and sometimes weight may be a preference. The predator could even be looking for someone with the same interests as theirs. These characteristics are easily found by a predator because innocent children unknowingly give them this information by posting it on the internet themselves. The children also make it easy for the predator to find them while chatting with friends by talking about school, likes and dislikes, sports events they attend or participate in. These innocent children also put their friends in danger through these conversations. They post pictures of themselves, their homes, and when they are old enough to drive they post pictures of their cars which may also show their license plate numbers.

     Predators look for information about a child’s problems at home or at school or any type of emotional issue that may leave them vulnerable which in turn makes them easy to befriend. A predator will use these frustrations as a way to relate to the child and lure them in. The child begins to trust him or her and begins to open up to them. Once the child believes they can trust the predator, he or she is often able to gain phone numbers, inappropriate pictures, and may even convince a child to meet with him or her. Once enough personal information is gained the child will often be threatened with this information in order to scare the child into continuing the relationship (Online Predators, 1)

     The personality of predators wears many faces. They use these personality traits to their advantage. Their personalities can range from cunning, patient, confident, and creative to deranged, manipulative, controlling, and emotionally abusive.

     A predator’s motive is not always sexual. It can be about the need for power, possibly even physical abuse.

     Sexual predators do not follow a particular pattern as far as their appearance is concerned. There is not one specific race, age, height or weight. They all blend in with everyone else. 

     Computers and internet are considered wonderful but they come with dangers. Here are some shocking statistics: “One in five United States teenagers who regularly log on to the internet say they have received an unwanted sexual solicitation via the web; twenty – five percent of children have been exposed to unwanted pornographic material online; only one – third of households with internet access are actively protecting their children with filtering or blocking software; seventy – five percent of children are willing to share personal information online about themselves and their family in exchange for goods and services; approximately twenty – five percent of children who encountered a sexual approach of solicitation told a parent or adult; one in thirty – three youth received an aggressive sexual solicitation in the past year; and seventy – seven percent of the targets for online predators were age fourteen or older, another twenty – two percent were users ages ten to thirteen” (Shocking Statistics, 1).

     Even after psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy pedophiles will do whatever they can do to continue their compulsive behavior. They volunteer in any type of program in which they feel they may come in contact with future victims. 

     As of yet there is no cure for pedophilia. We as a society need to be aware of how this affects every person involved. We as a society also need to be aware of everything we as adults are doing while on the internet. We need to be even more aware of what our children are doing. We are responsible for our children’s protection whether online or in everyday activities. “While not all people who engage with children are pedophiles, the prominence of pedophiles across many facets of life is much greater than we think” (Inside the Mind of a Pedophile, 4).

     There are websites that offer helpful tips and offer ways to help protect not only yourself but your family. Some of those websites are: http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm, http://www.ic3.gov, http://www.missingkids.com, http://www.netsmartz.org, http://www.staysafe.org, and http://isafe.org/ (Online Predators, 2).

     I know I wouldn’t want to see a picture of anyone that I know and love up on a bulletin board at a store, would you? This is one reason we need to do everything within our power to protect ourselves and those we love and care about, especially if it’s your own child that is possibly in harm’s way.

 

Works Cited

CNN Wire Staff. Kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard talks about her 18 years of terror. 2011.  Copyright 2012 Cable News Network. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/07/10/dugard.abc.interview/index.html

Cochran, Michael and Cole, Meghan. Inside the Mind of a Pedophile. 2010.             http://neuroanthropology.net/2010/05/10/inside-the-mind-of-a-pedophile/

Hansen, Chris. What can be done to stop predators? NBC News updated Feb. 03, 2006.   Copyright 2012 NBCNews.com           http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11164933/ns/dateline_nbc/

Online Predators. Copyright 2006-2011. http://www.familysafecomputers.org/predators.htm 

Shocking Statistics. Copyright SentryPC Parental Control Software 2005-2012.             http://www.sentrypc.com/stastics.htm

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Citizenship Rights and Privileges

Posted in Uncategorized on November 8, 2012 by clunk8784

Would you consider yourself privileged to be a citizen of the United States or do you feel that it is your right to be a citizen?

Citizenship can mean different things depending on each individual. Some feel that it is a pledge of loyalty; some feel it is a membership, while others feel that it is a bond they share with their country, society, town or city. All of these views are correct. “The term citizenship refers to a legal status that connotes membership in and allegiance to a nation which carries with it specific rights and responsibilities” (Citizenship in the United States, 10).

As just stated, citizenship comes with rights and responsibilities. Citizenship also comes with many privileges. Many people consider rights and privileges to be the same thing.

Rights are what you are guaranteed. The rights that we have in the United States are all listed in the Bill of Rights and in the Constitution, which was approved by our forefathers. If it was not for the men and women who serve in the military and risk losing their lives on a daily basis, not only would we lose our freedom, but we would lose all of those rights that are listed in the Bill of Rights and Constitution.

People who come to the United States legally have a right to become a citizen. We support an immigration policy that reflects multiculturalism. However, they also have to be responsible. In becoming citizens, the person is responsible for voting, jury duty, and even possibly serving in the armed services. The reward is being able to enjoy freedoms and rights that they did not have in their own nations (Immigration and the Meaning, 1).

Privileges are not just handed to us, we have to earn them. We have the privilege to pursue a higher education. “Americans with a strong sense of ‘patriotism’ have been found to exhibit rates of higher participation than those with weaker attachment to their country. However, citizens with high levels of formal education seem to be the exception. Despite scoring lower on conventional measures of “patriotism,” well-educated Americans are among the most politically active segments of the population” (Education, Civic Patriotism, and Democratic Citizenship, 1). By receiving a higher education, not only do we set examples for the younger generations, but we help improve our country as a whole. People, especially women, from other countries wish they had the privilege of going to school to receive an education. A higher education is one privilege that we all take for granted in this country. We never really stop and think about how fortunate we are. Not only can we voice a desire for education, but we are also free to act upon it. Recently a young woman in Afghanistan was shot because she voiced her desire for a better education. Unless it is brought to our attention in ways such as this some people do not realize how great this country really is and how fortunate we are to live here.

We also have the right to vote. During this time of Presidential elections we have a privilege to vote for the Presidential candidate that we feel has a strong conviction toward our country’s educational system. Privileges toward our education are being compromised by increasing the number of students per classroom, and decreasing the number of teachers and their salaries. It is the responsibility of our nation’s leaders to provide us the opportunity of a proper education. By weakening our education system we are weakening our country.

“The cost of this freedom is responsibility. And if you refuse to pay this expense, you will never have the trust, power, and freedom that comes with it” (Responsibility, Rights, and Privileges, 1). If we are not responsible as citizens then we lose our rights and privileges. Paying taxes and following laws are just two examples of some of the responsibilities of being a citizen. Responsibility is not defined by our own opinions and beliefs. “Responsibility is defined by others and our society” (Responsibility, Rights, and Privileges, 4).

As questioned in the very beginning, are you privileged, or is it your right to be a citizen of the United States? We should consider our citizenship a privilege.

 

Works Cited

MacYoung, Marc. Homepage. Responsibility, Rights, and Privileges. No-Nonsense Self-Defense, LLC. 2008.

Martinez, George A. “Immigration And The Meaning Of United States Citizenship: Whiteness And Assimilation.” Washburn Law Journal 46. (2007): 335. LexisNexis Academic: Law Reviews. Web. 19 Oct. 2012.

Straughn, J.B. and Androit, A.L. “Education, Civic, Patriotism, and Democratic Citizenship: Unpacking the Education Effect on Political Involvement.” Sociological Forum, 26 (2011): 556-580. JSTOR. Web. 15 Oct. 2012.

U.S. Department of Defense. Web. 15 Oct. 2012. Homepage. Citizenship in the United States. May 2004. http:ilw.com/resources/Citizenship_United_States.pdf.

Cause/Effect Paper – Influences of Technology on Education

Posted in Uncategorized on September 20, 2012 by clunk8784

Recently I was checking out at a grocery store when something unexpected happened. The cashier mistakenly hit the wrong button and it brought the change due to all zeros, but the cashier could not subtract ninety-two dollars from one-hundred dollars in her head. In order to get the eight dollar change value, she had to pull out her cell phone to do the math on her calculator. This cashier could not perform basic math without the aid of technology. While technology improves learning, unfortunately overreliance on it impairs learning and creates a dependency.

When it comes to technology for educational purposes, the possibilities are unlimited. “Nearly every fact is no more than a few taps of the keys from anyone. It has been speculated that this will lead to a decline of respect for intellectuals, but that seems unlikely. Knowing how to search for something is merely the first step to real comprehension, which involves a deeper understanding and critical analysis.” (1)  Students in classrooms around the world can interact with each other. “Technologies, such as satellite video conferences, Internet-based teleconferencing, and interactive multimedia classrooms, are giving schools the ability to reach and educate nontraditional students in numbers that will expand with American higher education.” (2) If students have questions about an assignment, it is now easier to contact an instructor. Also, if there is a group assignment it is easier to use technology like web-cam or email to converse with the rest of the group. Programs such as Microsoft Office provide plenty of options for students to make their homework and reports more professional and presentable in less time. It also provides options for teachers when they are planning for lessons and instructional materials.

Despite the positive outcomes that can be wrought by technology, one of the primary disadvantages of it, is overreliance on it. Students are not even writing their own research papers or reports. Plagiarism is more common today than it used to be. “The New York Times identified dozens of internet sites that sell term papers.” (3) Students are able to copy and paste; they are also buying from websites that provide prewritten term papers.

Teachers are trying everything they can to prevent cheating. They are giving more grade-important tests instead of graded homework. Educators hope it will reduce the cheating problem.

With technology improving on a daily basis, teachers are needed to teach the teachers. “It seems that they have rushed these computers in without one key element, training. Education Week Magazine has just completed a report on technology in school. The report mentioned that teachers do not know what to do with all that RAM. Almost fifty percent do not use computers at all, sixteen percent use the internet, seventy percent said that finding useful products is nearly impossible (teachers are logging off on logging on).” (4) Technology can also be distracting to students. Older students do not know how to take notes anymore because teachers post lecture notes for them. Note taking is part of analyzing and figuring out what is important.

While in the school library students spend more time surfing than researching. Facebook and blogs, texting and e-mailing have all taken the place of actually “talking” to one another. Whether it is teacher to student, student to teacher, or student to student we still need to share our thoughts in spoken words.

We do not need to make the mistake of letting technology take over teaching or parenting. Technology should not be a baby-sitter or a teacher. We need to be sure that interaction and attention are a priority.

Technology can be very costly. Equipment is constantly being outdated or upgraded, maintained, or having to retrain. Repairs and parts are often more expensive than a new computer. Even though it is costly to keep, we need technology now. Most parts of our daily life has technology involved. Business meetings can be held in more than one place at a time. Classrooms from one country can interact with classrooms from another. If our car breaks down we do not have to find a phone, we have one in our pocket. Lives can be saved through technology. There are cons, but the pros are there as well.

We need to remember that as long as we do things in moderation we will all be just fine.

Personal Opinions

When I chose this topic I decided to ask my friends how they feel technology reflects on education. This is a page of their responses.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea. I’m a visual learner and I need to see things and have a book in hand. Eventually, everyone will have an Ipad and all our books will be on that.” (Samantha Weber, Lifeguard)

“I think it’s a good idea. It can make learning more fun and not as boring as it was for us.” (Bethany Hughes, RN)

“It’s a necessary evil, but not always needed.” (Shannon Matheson)

“I think that too much technology can be a bad thing. If technology is used in moderation and in ways that can benefit education, then I’m all for it, but so many teachers use it as a filler. Although power points can help aid in teaching, in the long run, the teacher should still be teaching.” (Nikki Green, Teacher)

“I feel technology provides more opportunities for growth in education. It allows for better research options other than the library with search engines on the internet and actually gives us the ability to complete tasks faster and easier than using pen and paper. Just think, you wouldn’t have been able to ask me this question with technology. The only downfall is lack of instructional classes to assist those who aren’t familiar with advancing technology.” (Greg Cushing, EMS)

“I like using technology in the classroom because students are learning to use their devices for educational uses besides entertainment. Students like to read required books off their device rather than a hard copy. The problem is that technology has glitches. Teachers have to always have a back up plan if their lesson requires the computer and power point. In the future I see schools issuing out Ipads and have students’ textbooks on them. It’s also a lot easier to manage. Sometimes technology has taken longer than actual pen and paper. The teacher just has to guage what he or she wants the students to focus on. It’s nice to have when needed and not have the students restricted from using it.” (Fern Matheson, Teacher)

 

Works Cited Page

How Technology has Changed Education, Alex Wilhelm, 5th January 2011, http://thenextweb.com/insider/2011/01/05/how-technology-has-changed-education/

Negative Effects of Computers in Classrooms, Jessy Norman

Intro

Posted in Uncategorized on September 6, 2012 by clunk8784

My name is Chelsea Lundquist. I’m 23 and married to an awesome guy. I was born and raised here in GA. The only time that I haven’t lived in Ga was May 2010 through July 2011, during that time my husband and I were living in VA, he was stationed at the Norfolk Little Creek amphib base He was in the US Navy for a little over 9 years. We have been married for a little more than 2 and 1/2 years. I’m in school for Forensic Science Technology. Next semester I am going to dual major, Forensic Science and Criminal Justice. I’m hoping for a position as a crime scene photographer. I have a Certificate in Photography, an Associates Degree in Art, a Diploma in Forensic Science and now I’m going for an Associates Degree in both Forensic Science and Criminal Justice. My favorite pastimes are spending time with my family (in-laws included), and getting to travel around to different places with my parents as I was growing up and also traveling to different places with my husband and my in-laws when we go to Washington state to visit them. Well I guess that’s pretty much it.

Chelsea