Nonprofit Organization Protects Children From Internet Predators With New Technology

'With so many dangers lurking on the Internet, children without

adult supervision may be exposed to online pornographic material,

or unknowing, stalked by pedophiles.'

- Oprah Winfrey Show Dec. '99



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from MyndAtEase

    MODESTO, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- When Melanie Carter, a concerned
 mother of two, was surfing the Internet, she became alert about the dangers
 threatening Children on the Net and made up her mind to do something.  That
 was the beginning of MyndAtEase, a non-profit organization whose mission is to
 educate children and create awareness for parents, educators and community
 leaders to the hazards that confront children on the Internet.  After
 extensive research, MyndAtEase was created to provide free seminars.  With the
 help of law enforcement and local and national awareness groups, and aligning
 with other non-profit organizations, Melanie hopes to help in the prevention
 of tragedies before they occur.
     Now, MyndAtEase has given birth to the newly available Reflect Monitor, a
 first-of-its kind Software program that allows parents to supervise their
 child's Internet activity without directly accessing the monitored PC.  Once
 installed, the parent can access their child's computer from anywhere -- at
 work, on trips -- anywhere in the world.  The software monitors and records
 all keystrokes, and will identify sites that are being accessed, such as
 pornography sites, or sites of violent content such as those created by the
 Columbine killers.  Unlike the passive "Net Nanny"-type programs or others
 which are simply installed on the child's computer, Reflect will prevent
 certain sites from being accessed, such as those created by the Columbine
 killers.  Reflect monitors in ways that go undetected by the child.  Melanie's
 extensive research has confirmed that "parental controls can be easily
 disabled by Internet-savvy kids."
     The parent creates a customized list of 50 "words of concern," and in
 addition to "word packets," which monitor sites for sexual, violent or other
 undesired content, can then catch the predator's unscrupulous tactics, which
 can lure children into their web.  As predators become more sophisticated,
 this software can alert a parent long before a tragedy occurs.  The system's
 search engine monitors the "words of concern" and sends an E-Mail alert to the
 parent when any of these "red flags" are recognized by the program.  Melanie
 also recommends that "Buddy Lists" are to be utilized instead of open access
 to chat rooms.
     According to the FBI's web site, "Online child pornography/child sex
 exploitation is the most significant problem involving crimes against
 children."  Throughout the FBI an increase of 1,264% occurred in the number of
 cases opened between fiscal years 1996 and 2000, from 113 to 1,541.  It is
 anticipated that the number of cases opened and resources utilized to address
 the crime problem will only continue to go up."
     After downloading the Software, the monitoring service is $9.95 a month,
 which includes log hosting and real time retrievals.  Reflect software has
 earmarked a percentage of its profits to MyndAtEase, which plans to expand
 their mission of Internet education.  Reflect monitor requires minimal space,
 and with a simple download (www.myndatease.org) is up and running in minutes.
 
     For product information and information regarding MyndAtEase seminars,
 contact www.myndatease.org.
 
     For media information contact Joseph Zeichick or Bobbi Cowan of Intermark,
 Inc., 818-346-1975, for MyndAtEase.
 
 

SOURCE MyndAtEase
    MODESTO, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- When Melanie Carter, a concerned
 mother of two, was surfing the Internet, she became alert about the dangers
 threatening Children on the Net and made up her mind to do something.  That
 was the beginning of MyndAtEase, a non-profit organization whose mission is to
 educate children and create awareness for parents, educators and community
 leaders to the hazards that confront children on the Internet.  After
 extensive research, MyndAtEase was created to provide free seminars.  With the
 help of law enforcement and local and national awareness groups, and aligning
 with other non-profit organizations, Melanie hopes to help in the prevention
 of tragedies before they occur.
     Now, MyndAtEase has given birth to the newly available Reflect Monitor, a
 first-of-its kind Software program that allows parents to supervise their
 child's Internet activity without directly accessing the monitored PC.  Once
 installed, the parent can access their child's computer from anywhere -- at
 work, on trips -- anywhere in the world.  The software monitors and records
 all keystrokes, and will identify sites that are being accessed, such as
 pornography sites, or sites of violent content such as those created by the
 Columbine killers.  Unlike the passive "Net Nanny"-type programs or others
 which are simply installed on the child's computer, Reflect will prevent
 certain sites from being accessed, such as those created by the Columbine
 killers.  Reflect monitors in ways that go undetected by the child.  Melanie's
 extensive research has confirmed that "parental controls can be easily
 disabled by Internet-savvy kids."
     The parent creates a customized list of 50 "words of concern," and in
 addition to "word packets," which monitor sites for sexual, violent or other
 undesired content, can then catch the predator's unscrupulous tactics, which
 can lure children into their web.  As predators become more sophisticated,
 this software can alert a parent long before a tragedy occurs.  The system's
 search engine monitors the "words of concern" and sends an E-Mail alert to the
 parent when any of these "red flags" are recognized by the program.  Melanie
 also recommends that "Buddy Lists" are to be utilized instead of open access
 to chat rooms.
     According to the FBI's web site, "Online child pornography/child sex
 exploitation is the most significant problem involving crimes against
 children."  Throughout the FBI an increase of 1,264% occurred in the number of
 cases opened between fiscal years 1996 and 2000, from 113 to 1,541.  It is
 anticipated that the number of cases opened and resources utilized to address
 the crime problem will only continue to go up."
     After downloading the Software, the monitoring service is $9.95 a month,
 which includes log hosting and real time retrievals.  Reflect software has
 earmarked a percentage of its profits to MyndAtEase, which plans to expand
 their mission of Internet education.  Reflect monitor requires minimal space,
 and with a simple download (www.myndatease.org) is up and running in minutes.
 
     For product information and information regarding MyndAtEase seminars,
 contact www.myndatease.org.
 
     For media information contact Joseph Zeichick or Bobbi Cowan of Intermark,
 Inc., 818-346-1975, for MyndAtEase.
 
 SOURCE  MyndAtEase