Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Share Your Story Anonymously and Internet Safety for Kids

Wendy Needs Our Help

Personal comment by the person who posted this.  You can share your story and remain anonymous.

Right now the second special session of the Texas legislature is beginning, and they've
got their sights set on passing the extreme, anti-woman SB5.
Will you send your story to Wendy Davis about why access to reproductive health care
matters to you?
click here
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The fight for Texas women starts today. Right now, the second special session of
the Texas legislature is convening for its first day. Republicans’ number one goal?
Restricting access to critical health care and abortion services for millions of
We're still standing with Wendy Davis, and we won't sit down.
Last week,
the same bill was defeated thanks to hundreds of Texas women telling their stories
 and then Wendy Davis reading them during the 13 hour filibuster.
 These stories were powerful, they were moving, and they literally held off Governor
Perry's attack on Texas women.
The only problem was that due to the last-minute nature of her call to action, Sen
Davis started to run out of stories at the end of her filibuster.
Wendy Davis and her allies in the Texas legislature need even more stories for round
2 of this fight, and not just from Texans!
 Can you take a moment to share your personal story about why access to reproductive
health services is so important? We'll share your stories with Sen. Davis and our
allies on the ground.
Send your story to Texas.
Texans have fought back against this bill and defeated it once. This time around,
they need help from all of us. If we don’t stand up, millions of Texas women will
be affected.
Here are just a few facts:
SB 5 would criminalize abortion after 20 weeks.2
SB5 would shut down 37 out of 42 abortion clinics in Texas.
 Among other restrictions, the bill would require that any abortion facility be a
licensed surgical center, even though most providers performed abortions with a pill--no
surgery is involved. Most Texas abortion facilities would need to relocate and spend
millions of dollars to comply.
It would be the most sweeping restriction in the country.
 "When combined in a state 773 miles wide and 790 miles long and with 26 million
people, the measures would become the most stringent set of laws to impact the largest
number of people in the nation."
These facts won’t have much impact if they’re not grounded in real world experiences.
Sharing personal stories, especially ones about abortion, can be hard. But it’s also
empowering, helps other women to feel less alone, and shows other people why this
matters so much.
Only by coming out and sharing our personal stories, will we have a chance to win
in Texas.
Share your story, and we’ll send it to Texas.
Thanks for speaking out.
--Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Malinda and Karin, the UltraViolet team
Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis Shared Abortion Stories During Filibuster,
 ABC News, June 27, 2012
Epic One-Woman Filibuster Blocks Radical Anti-Abortion Legislation In Texas,
 ThinkProgress, June 26, 2013
Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis Shared Abortion Stories During Filibuster,
 ABC News, June 27, 2012
Democrats Plan to Kill Texas Abortion Bill With 13-Hour Filibuster
, NBC 5 - KXAS, June 26, 2013
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Personal Comment:  What do you think about this?  On one hand I support protecting children from internet preditors.  Should this protection extend to 17 year-olds?  It would protect minors in that case.

I frankly Also am Astonished at the parents who display their young children for anyone to see on social media, with no thought of potential danger.


 - There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested
in signing it:
Instagram (Facebook): Make default settings PRIVATE and geolocation DISABLED for 13-17 year olds.
By Kristin Geiser, Mary Hofstedt, & Robin Connell P.
Sign the Petition
Protect our kids! Make default settings private and disable geotagging for 13-17
year olds.
Unbelievable. That was my first thought when I clicked on the Instagram site belonging
to one of my daughter’s friends and found more than a dozen pictures, some of which
included my daughter, that were “public” – meaning that anyone in the world could
view them at any time. Not only that, but the images were “geotagged” – associating
each photograph with the exact location where it was taken. As a stranger to this
site, I found my daughter’s picture, her full name, school name, grade level, and
then, with one click on the map icon, I was able to view the exact location of her
school, our home, and her primary after school location. All without our knowledge
or permission. This absolutely should not be happening – especially not for minors.
Currently, Instagram accounts default to "public," meaning that all photos are able
to be viewed by anyone in the world at any time – and that they will show up in various
internet searches (e.g., Google images). Geotagging, or identifying the exact location
where a photograph was taken, appears to be optional, but it's often "clicked" by
mistake by young users – or activated unknowingly by young users who upload photos
to their Instagram site that already carry geolocation data.
The result is that the public can view the exact location where a child's photos
were taken, usually clustering at the child's home, school, and primary after school
location (e.g., specific soccer field), which means that the child's daily path or
routine is easily identified and mapped. If the child's account is private and geo
tagged, photos are easily captured in a screen shot, then the geo tag follows the
picture and is now associated with the image wherever it is pasted/posted (e.g.,
public accounts). This not only places the user at tremendous risk, but it places
the children who are in the images OR even linked to the user at risk also – and
they have absolutely no control over this.
Because Instagram’s default setting is public and geo-tagged, most young users end
up with public accounts – even when their parents are involved in the creation of
the account – but especially when parents are not involved. Most parents I have spoken
to were not aware that there was a public/private distinction on Instagram.
Even worse – when a child upgrades his/her operating software (which happens when
the child is prompted to upgrade by her smart device), any settings previously set
at private or geo-location disabled revert to public and geo-location enabled. In
other words, children and parents who are trying to ensure some degree of privacy
for their account are not even aware that their settings have changed to public by
default with the software upgrade. No notice is sent. The child’s account silently
becomes public.
As parents, we are trying to walk alongside our children and their friends as they
learn to navigate social media. This takes courage and intention. While we do this,
we absolutely expect that those companies shaping the social media landscape would
take basic precautions to protect the identity and location of minors.
We respectfully and urgently request that Facebook/Instagram ensure that the default
settings are private and NOT geotag/geolocation enabled for users who are 13-17 years
Sign the Petition
The person (or organization) who started this petition is not affiliated with Change.org.
Change.org did not create this petition and is not responsible for the petition content.

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