New Hampshire for Elevating Issue of Child Safety in Internet Age

Mayor proclaims the city's dedication to protecting children from online predators


Manchester, NH, February 04, 2009 – Yesterday, Mayor Frank C. Guinta (Manchester, NH) issued a proclamation congratulating the City of Manchester and local law enforcement for protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation, and declared February 3, 2009 as Stop Internet Predators Awareness Day.

"I am happy that Manchester is the first New England community and the second nationwide to recognize the efforts of Stacie Rumenap and the Stop Internet Predator national organization in playing an important role for the protection of our youth online. Mayor Guinta said. "Protection from online predators is an important facet of an overall public safety effort to make our society safe for children, and the hard work by Stop Internet Predators does that."

"It is encouraging to see cities such as Manchester adopting the mission of Stop Internet Predators to increase awareness about the possible dangers of new online applications and not to passively accept them as non-threatening," said Stacie Rumenap, Executive Director of Stop Child Predators. "We hope that Stop Internet Predators Awareness day will encourage the community to be proactive in protecting the safety and security of children."

The following is an excerpt from the Proclamation: "the City of Manchester and local law enforcement is committed to protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation...the national campaign Stop Internet Predators seeks to increase awareness and educate these audiences with safeguards to protect their children...I, Frank C. Guinta, Mayor of Manchester, N.H., do hereby proclaim February 3, 2009 to be Stop Internet Predators Awareness Day, and urge all citizens and community organizations to join in the observance."

Stop Internet Predators, a project of Stop Child Predators, has a special focus on new Internet technologies that pose a risk to children's safety. New applications allow users to view high resolution images of homes, schools, playgrounds, and other places where children gather. In some instances, pictures of children are captured, memorializing minors' images with physical addresses online.

Stop Internet Predators seeks to limit the potential for child predators to abuse emerging technologies to prey on children by recommending that safeguards be put in place. This would include removing all images of children and places where children gather, as well as the promise to not capture such images during future deployment. Technologies that provide an opt-out policy put the burden on parents and upload images of minors without prior parental consent.

By empowering families with education and resources, parents can take an active role in their children's safety and privacy. For more information and to view the Proclamation in its entirety, please visit www.StopInternetPredators.org.

About Stop Internet Predators
Stop Internet Predators is a project of Stop Child Predators, launched to educate parents and communities on emerging online child safety issues and empower them to protect their children's privacy and safety. Stop Internet Predators has a special focus on new internet technologies that pose a risk to their children's safety.