Found, Near Water

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Rena Sutherland wakes from a coma into a mother’s nightmare. Her daughter is missing – lost for four days – but no one has noticed; no one has complained; no one has been searching.

As the victim support officer assigned to her case, Christine Emmett puts aside her own problems as she tries to guide Rena through the maelstrom of her daughter’s disappearance.

A task made harder by an ex-husband desperate for control; a paedophile on early-release in the community; and a psychic who knows more than seems possible.

And intertwined throughout, the stories of six women; six daughters lost.

I thought that not knowing was the worst thing I could ever endure. Not knowing if she was in trouble or needing my help or in pain. I worried that she’d been taken by someone that would hurt her, then I worried that she’d been taken by someone who would love her and care for her and in a year or two she’d have forgotten I ever existed. Not knowing was killing me.

The police found her body stuffed into an old recycling bin out the back of a sleep-out. My beautiful girl had been bent to fit as though she was just a piece of rubbish, something to be disposed of.

When I went to the hospital to identify my beautiful girl’s broken body – that was worse than not knowing. When I buried her in the cemetery and compared the size of the gravesite to the other freshly buried bodies – that was worse than not knowing.

When I drank myself to sleep on the anniversary of her sixth birthday, and realised that I would likely be doing that until my life ended – that was worse than not knowing.

The Author

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Katherine Hayton is a 41 year old woman who works in insurance, doesn’t have children or pets, can’t drive, has lived in Christchurch her entire life, and currently resides two minutes walk from where she was born. For some reason she’s developed a rich fantasy life.

http://www.amazon.com/Katherine-Hayton/e/B00LPAR872

Global Cooperation For A Safer And Better Internet For Children

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The fresh amazing discovery of ICT facilities, including internet and television, has brought comfort, happiness to our homes and facilitated the development in education, communication and business sectors throughout the whole world.  Unfortunately, the pollution of the internet has brought misery, mishaps, abuse, trafficking and sexual predators lurking around the internet and putting the lives of children in danger.

To make internet a safe place for children, Microsoft, Disney Club Penguin Company, The Walt Disney Company Europe, Middle East and Africa, under the platform of Forum Europe, co-organized a day conference on November at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels, an event to discuss and address risks faced online by children in both Europe, developed and developing countries, with solutions and strategies to help children and young adults safe when on the internet.

Round the table for discussion were distinguished professionals who have experience on child issues. Among them was Mr. David Miles, Director EMEA. Family online Institute and Mr. Robert Madelin, Director General for DG Connect, European Commission, who gave the keynote presentation.

Children actually never aware or understand the potential dangers on the internet until being a victim. The excellent speakers each painstakingly addressed the participants on the hazard and the misuse of all emerging technology, which include cyberbullying, masturbation and abuse by online predators, sexual kissing and exposure to inappropriate content including self-harm, racist, suicide, hate, adult pornography, and child prostitution.

In an attempt to fight against internet abuse to protect children many governments, including Britain, have come out with preventive measures. For example, the UK’s biggest internet service providers have agreed to the filters scheme meaning it should cover 95% of homes. Other measures announced by the prime minister included new laws in regard to videos streamed online in the UK will be subject to the same restrictions as those sold in shops.

The debate was tense as journalists and other media representatives ask challenging questions. Do parents actually know what the children are busy with on the internet? Providing tools and safeguards to protect children online as part of the conference solutions. Here it is very essential for both children and parents to have a good understanding of the potential risks available on the internet for children and carefully control what the children are doing on the internet.

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If children aren’t aware of the risks on the internet and parents are, then what schemes, resources, and other tools available to help educate kids from an early age on the risks they may encounter when online? How can these risks be spotted and what action to be taken?  Manuela Matra, Project Officer, inclusion, skills, youth, European Commission, Lucy Woodward, Interactive, Live Services Director, The Walt Disney Company, Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft and Tommaso Bertollotti of the University of Pavia, immensely contributed on these topics.

Even though internet dangers are difficult to be seen since they are uncensored, yet progress has been made in tracking down internet violating criminals and pedophiles to face justice and imprisonment.  Some of the measures include Software paired with a child’s social network account; monitoring activities on whatever platform the network is accessed, and set up institutions which daily deal with such issues.

What did participants learn from this significant conference? On the issue of Child Safety importance, I quote “It’s not just about protection through the action of others by the way; it’s also about empowering kids to protect themselves. Children are fascinated by the internet. I am convinced we can create a better internet, one we don’t have to choose between being educational, safe or fun.

We can have all three of these aspects if we accept the idea that protecting children is a shared responsibility. Children, parents, teachers, technology companies and child welfare organizations, all have a role to play. I see my role as bringing people together to enhance the quality of our actions.” – Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda.