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Parents Encouraged to Sign Internet Safety Agreement with Children

(PRWEB) February 18, 2014

The agreement, available at, sets online expectations and responsibilities for both parents and children.

“Research shows that 1 in 25 youths have received an online sexual solicitation where the solicitor tried to make offline contact,” said injury attorney Richard Hastings of Hartford, Connecticut, national spokesman for the Accident Attorneys Organization. In the Los Angeles case, police said their suspect admitted to arranging a meeting with one juvenile, although that meeting never took place.

“In 27 percent of the incidents solicitors asked youths for sexual photographs of themselves,” Hastings added, citing research by the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. Hastings is a partner in the law firm Hastings, Cohan & Walsh.

The guide includes the following promises:

All Family Members

We will never give out personal information such as our last name, address, phone number, city where we live, name of our school, or where we work.
We will not post or send pictures of others without their permission.
We will not give our passwords to anyone outside of the family.
We will not talk on the phone, text, or use a device while driving.


I will not create accounts or profiles without my parent’s permission.
I will not download files or pictures without my parent’s permission. They may contain viruses.
If anyone makes me feel pressured or uncomfortable, or acts inappropriately toward me online, I’ll stop talking to that person and will tell a family member or trusted adult about it.
I will never meet with someone in person that I only know online. If someone online asks to meet with me, I will tell a parent right away.


I will initiate regular conversations with my child about his or her online behavior and interests.
If I do not understand a device, app, or website that my child uses, I will ask them to explain it to me and show me how it works.
I will take the time to learn about social networking, online gaming, and other sites and technology my child uses and enjoys.

The complete agreement includes many other promises that parents and children can make to each other in order to stay safe. There is also a place for each family member to sign and date the agreement.

“Maintaining safe Internet practices as a family can help keep children safe from predators and cyber bullies, and can also protect the entire family from identity theft and other devastating financial scams,” Hastings said. is a nationwide network of highly credentialed accident and injury attorneys with three missions: Help injured people find exceptional lawyers in their area; inform the public about personal safety issues, and support worthy charities involving those who have suffered life-altering injury in the communities we serve.

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Leo Phoenix Helps Children Accept Themselves in New Book

Buford, GA (PRWEB) February 23, 2014

It’s no secret that many people struggle with growing up. Whether that person can’t make friends or gets bullied by others, a sense of direction at a young age can go a long way. Author Leo Phoenix hopes to give children a sense of direction and assurance, in his new book “Sparkfire: The Star Whose Shine Was Lost” (published by AuthorHouse).

Sparkfire” takes readers off of Earth and into space, where the Sun watches over the planets and stars like children. One of the stars, Sparkfire, has been feeling rather glum lately, however, and is on the verge of burning out forever. The Sun takes Sparkfire on a journey of self-discovery, teaching him that the fire he wishes to keep burning has been inside him all along.

An excerpt from “Sparkfire”:

“Let the good that is in you bloom like a flower…and no matter how much darkness surrounds you, your shine will give it light.”

Phoenix hopes to teach children that they should be proud of who they are, and fill them with courage and strength.


By Leo Phoenix

Softcover | 8.5 x 8.5 in | 28 pages | ISBN 9781491845523

E-Book | ISBN 9781491845592

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Leo Phoenix was born in Decatur, Ga. At the age of seven, his parents divorced, leaving him to live with his mother. While he describes his social environment at a young age as not conducive to a child’s growth, he attributes much of his spirituality and character to his mother and her spirituality. He began writing in high school, a passion which he carried with him into adulthood. He hopes his writing can help other children who have experienced similar struggles in childhoods.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, LLC, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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AGH Center for Traumatic Stress Marks 20 Years of Helping Children, Teens Heal

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) March 06, 2014

Allegheny General Hospital’s Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, the only center of its kind in the Pittsburgh region, is marking 20 years of helping children and families recover from traumatic or stressful life events.

Over the past 20 years, the Center for Traumatic Stress has helped more than 6,000 children and families coping with a wide variety of issues including domestic violence, community violence, sexual abuse, the death of a family member, natural disasters, neglect or bullying. Founded and directed by Anthony P. Mannarino, Ph.D. and Judith A. Cohen, M.D., the program focuses on alleviating serious symptoms of post-traumatic stress and promoting healthy coping responses.

The Center for Traumatic Stress is also a national and international leader in developing and researching evidence-based, trauma focused therapies for children and adolescents. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) was developed and tested by Dr. Mannarino and Dr. Cohen at Allegheny General along with Esther Deblinger, Ph.D., of the New Jersey CARES Institute. The therapy is considered the model with the strongest evidence of helping children recover from traumatic life events.

TF-CBT is used by child mental health professionals throughout the state and nation, and around the world. It is used in residential treatment facilities throughout Pennsylvania and across the United States from Los Angeles County to Nevada to Arkansas. Worldwide it is used in low-resource countries such as Zambia and Cambodia, and highly developed countries such as Japan and New Zealand.

“We are proud to have touched the lives of so many local children and families over 20 years at the Center for Traumatic Stress,” Dr. Mannarino said. “It is very gratifying as well to see a proven, effective therapy such as TF-CBT being used with such a diverse array of patients both nationally and internationally.”

The Center has played critical roles in assisting disaster relief efforts around the country, including September 11, Hurricane Katrina and the crash of USAir Flight 427. The Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, International Society on Traumatic Stress Studies and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration all endorse TF-CBT as an effective treatment for child trauma.

In addition, in 2012 Drs. Mannarino and Cohen were awarded a four-year, $ 4 million grant to expand the use of TF-CBT to children of military families, children in foster care, and children who identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay or transsexual. All may be subject to unusual stress, trauma or bullying.

Many children exposed to traumatic events exhibit symptoms associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder such as disordered sleep patterns, nightmares, fear, and anxiety, as well as depression, behavior problems, or difficulties with learning and attention span.

“With TF-CBT, we take a simple, gentle approach to help children ‘make the unspeakable speakable,’” Dr. Cohen said. “We encourage children to talk about the traumatic events that have affected them, focusing on exposure to the event, not avoidance. They may create a narrative of the trauma, in the form of a small book, poetry, or art work. When they finish retelling the story, they realize it wasn’t so scary to tell.”

“But we also strike a balance between talking about the event and moving forward,” Dr. Mannarino added. “For children who are overwhelmed with anxiety, for example, we teach them relaxation skills such as visualization and deep breathing.”

Parents or other caretakers are deeply involved in TF-CBT. In joint therapy sessions, children share their story of the trauma with their parent, opening the way to an ongoing dialogue. Parents also learn how to help children learn coping skills, and how to deal with immediate concerns such as sleep problems or fighting.

Dr. Mannarino was named to the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Task Force on Child and Adolescent Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma in 2008. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Drexel University College of Medicine and Vice President, Department of Psychiatry at AGH. He has been providing clinical services to traumatized children and their families for more than 25 years, and has been the principal investigator on several federal grants examining the impact and treatment of child sexual abuse.

Dr. Cohen is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry at the Drexel University College of Medicine. She has written and lectured extensively on the evaluation and treatment of children exposed to traumatic events, and has conducted several federally funded research projects on the symptomology and treatment of traumatized children.

Dr. Mannarino and Dr. Cohen are the authors of two books about TF-CBT which have been translated into seven languages. Recently they jointly received the Passion Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for their work in developing effective treatments for children exposed to traumatic events.

To make a referral, an appointment, or to obtain more information, please contact the Center’s Intake Evaluator at 412.330.4328.

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