Letters of Recommendation for the KDCOP Foundation

September 3, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Posted in bullying, child, children, Cyberbullying, internet, internet safety, Keith's Seminars, safety | 1 Comment

ACSD

Hainesport NJ

Indiantown, FL

PNGISD

Rumson School

Rutgers Keynote

VA National Guard

West Windsor Plainsboro

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Impact my assembly had on a student… My assembly saved a life….AGAIN

April 27, 2013 at 6:57 am | Posted in bullying, child, child abuse, children, Cyberbullying, high school, internet, internet safety, Keith's Seminars, kids, middle school, motivational speaking, play, safety, school, seminars, teasing, teens, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dear Keith,

You visited High School a few weeks ago, and I had never gotten around to thanking you. I am a freshman at the school. I just wanted to share my story with you, and how your presentation affected me.  I had cut myself and was contemplating suicide. However, one close friend convinced me that I was worth more than I thought.

Lately I had been feeling somewhat depressed, and I was worried I would fall back into a suicidal mindset, but then we saw your presentation. I’m not quite exactly sure what caused my change of heart, but I feel much more confident after seeing your presentation. Your words were amazing.  Keep on doing this for as many schools as you can, because it can save lives.

Snapchat thoughts by Keith Dunn, KDCOP

January 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Posted in bullying, child, children, Cyberbullying | Leave a comment

WOW!  The Snapchat App is an amazing chance to send photos and videos to
your friends and family.  It even allows you to set a timer, up to 10
seconds, so that the photos and videos can only be seen for that length of time.

This app is another way of bring the world closer together, faster.  My terminology for this is the” instant gratification generation”.  I am not only talking about our kids
using these apps, but young adults up to middle age people wanting to be
instantly accessible.

It seems like more and more  applications are popping up online that allow our society to share what is going on with one anther immediately.

Snapchat is a really cool way for everyone to somewhat safely share images
or videos instantly.

Although the Snapchat app is “Very Cool”,  it comes with its drawbacks, especially to children under the age of 18.  Unfortunately, the over 800,000 students that I have spoken to all tell me the same thing; Our youth of today are using this technology in a “not so appropriate way”.

I get hundreds of e-mail’s from students telling me stories about sexting, chat
roulette, ooVoo, instagram and now Snapchat, where they have one or more
friends who are sending inappropriate images to one another.

I would love to sit back and say that 3rd-12th graders are not mis-using these applications, but I can not.

Almost 1 million audience members that I stand in front of are all the same.
Whether from South Dakota, Florida, California or Louisiana, they use
technology appropriately for a short time and then LOVE to stretch the
boundaries of wrong and right.

I can not fault them however, it wasn’t long ago when we all tested the waters and did things that we were really not supposed to do.  It is technology that is moving so fast and the only people able to keep up with that technology are our students.

If you think I am being cynical or going a little beyond the truth, just
understand that I receive phone calls from elementary school counselors
asking what to do since their 3rd graders have snap chatted an inappropriate
image of themselves then the other 3rd grader saved the image on their
IPhone.

Please don’t ask me why a 3rd grader has an IPhone, especially with
that capability, that is entirely another story.

A 5th grade boy at my last assembly told me that he started using Snapchat, Instagram, ooVoo and other social networking tools when all of a sudden he was being made fun of so much that he said “I was going to kill myself last night, but after talking to you, I know I have more to live for.”

Please don’t feel as if I hate these apps or am saying that they are used in
an inappropriate way by every student.  The majority of students are just
having fun posting silly videos and silly photos for a few seconds and
talking back and forth having fun.

The majority of our students in America are good intentioned, hard working kids.

Just remember, as parents that your child could get inadvertently caught up in, or be party to, or at least know someone that is using this application in ways that it was not intended to be used.

Snapchat was made to be a quick, fun way to share the lives of one another
in an instant and then let the user just move on to their next big event.
They live moment by moment, second by second.  We as adults need to be
aware of that and have an open line of communication so that when, or if,
our child begins to get caught up in using technology the wrong way, that
they will have the courage to come and talked to us immediately about what
is going on.

D.A.R.E. NJ Conference

December 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Posted in bullying, child, child abuse, children, chst rooms, Cyberbullying, internet, internet safety, Keith's Seminars, kidnapping, kids, middle school, motivational speaking, Predator, safety, school, seminars, teens | Leave a comment

I can’t wait for the conference in AC this February.  I am so proud that Alicea, my motivator and mission power, is going to be the keynote speaker on 2/26/13.

Thanks to Nick and D.A.R.E. NJ  , Inc.

“Best Selling” book

June 12, 2012 at 11:03 am | Posted in bullying, child, child abuse, children, chst rooms, Cyberbullying, DNA, fondle, high school, internet, internet safety, Jon Benet, Jon Benet Ramsey, kdcop's favorite safety videos, kdcop's media clips, Keith's Seminars, kidnapping, kids, middle school, midwest, motivational speaking, myspace, play, Predator, Rape, safety, school, seminars, stalker, teasing, teen pregnancy, teens, Touching, Toys, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Please visit the http://www.kdcopstore.com and pick up a copy of my “Best Selling” book on cyber-bullying. It has great techniques for communicating with tou kids, school administration and law enforcement. http://www.kdcopstore.com

Outside Our Bubble – The Daily Northwestern

September 30, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Posted in bullying, child, child abuse, children, Cyberbullying, internet, internet safety | Leave a comment

Students from 1st grade through adults have no idea about the impact that bullying will have on someone.  Come on,  we are in a society where guys are supposed to be more emotional and not so stubborn, everyone still thinks that we have thick skin.  Check out the story below and let me know what you think.

The New York Times reported that on Sept. 19, Clementi’s roommate, Dharun Ravi, thought it would be a good idea to secretly film Clementi when he had a guest in the dorm room, then tweet, “Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.” Ravi later invited others to tune in via iChat. Two days later Clementi’s all too real Facebook status was ““Jumping off the gw bridge sorry,” the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

via Outside Our Bubble – The Daily Northwestern.

Facebook may be Enabling Man/Boy Love Relationships

September 29, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Posted in bullying, child, child abuse, children, Cyberbullying, internet, internet safety, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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I am sure that Facebook doesn’t have enough manpower to police their site like they really should. I am sure that if someone from the Facebook HQ saw these type of sites, they would have taken them down immediatley.

The Internet is the number one destination for pedophiles because they believe that technology grants these criminals anonymity.” That’s a quote from Thomas Harrington, the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch on August 2, 2010. And given the latest news from FOX, Mr. Harrington’s statement couldn’t be more dead-on.

Bear with me, but according to the Fox article posted today, the world’s largest pro-pedophilia advocacy group, NAMBLA (The North American Man/Boy Love Association), has been using Facebook to connect with its members throughout the world. Granted, the groups/pages have recently been removed from Facebook due to the media attention, but it doesn’t diminish the fact that FoxNews.com found hundreds of links to NAMBLA’s website, and 87 NAMBLA groups (fake and real) on Facebook.

Some Facebook pages showed children as young as 4 and 5, according to FoxNews’ research. One page “features a photo of a man being kissed on the cheek by a small child. Its description reads: ‘We are the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Our sole purpose is to push forward the concept that a consenting man (18+) and a consenting minor (-18) can have a sexual and loving relationship legally.'”

Hemanshu Nigam, co-chairman of President Obama’s Online Safety Technology Working Group and a member of the board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said, “‘This is just the downright filthiest of society setting up on Facebook in a public way, and the question is, ‘Why is Facebook allowing this?'”. A valid question for anyone wondering why NAMBLA has existed as long as it has on Facebook (remember: 87 groups and 100s of links).

In response to an email from FoxNews.com, a spokesman from Facebook said “Facebook is highly self-regulating, and users can and do report content that they find questionable or offensive. Our team of investigations professionals reviews these reports, removes content that violates our policies, and escalates to law enforcement as necessary.” Moderation and regulation aside, what about the groups on Facebook that have been protesting against NAMBLA? Have their voices gone unheard, or are they simply being ignored? Another valid question, especially considering Facebook’s email response to FoxNews.

Sadly, the NAMBLA movement doesn’t end there. The FoxNews article also points out that NAMBLA supporters around the world use a blog called “boy chat”to provide advice to one another on how to solicit their victims on sites like Facebook. “Users provide tips on using the site to assist others in having real-life conversations with children; share tips for evading the eye of law enforcement while trolling Facebook for victims; post changes in privacy policy of social media sites; and even suggest specific individuals to target.”

Most people would find this news shocking, and they’d probably wonder exactly how a group like this can even exist in the first place-I know I did. According to FoxNews, NAMBLA members are protected by their First Amendment rights. As a form of free speech, advocates are able to freely express their feelings that boy/man relationships are “natural”, and the only reason these relationships are currently frowned upon in society is because of malicious consent laws which aim to “harm” young people. Michelle Collins of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said, “Thinking or advocating for adult-child sex is protected by the First Amendment, but committing acts of adult-child sex is illegal. The challenge for law enforcement is identifying when something goes from free speech to a crime being committed”.

Laws aside, the fact is that Facebook allowed this to happen. They can say that they don’t condone groups/members like NAMBLA on Facebook as much as they want, but when it takes national media attention to get rid of the problem, it’s kind of hard to believe that Facebook actually cares about the safety of their young members.

I think James Marsh, an attorney for victims of child sexual exploitation, summed it up perfectly when he said, “Facebook has a moral and public duty to monitor and stop this activity on their site. Hiding behind legal technicalities is not enough to be a good corporate citizen in the digital age,” Marsh said. “Facebook needs to put children ahead of profits and do what Congress and the American people expect — protect our kids from criminals like NAMBLA.”

Parents, don’t breathe a sigh of relief that you no longer have to worry because the NAMBLA group has been taken down. A few clicks away, your son or daughter may stumble upon the group dedicated to: “smoking crack and having unprotected sex with strangers”.

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