What is Your 13 Year-Old Sending on Her Mobile Device?

So you bought your daughter an iPhone or an Android mobile device because, well hey, all the kids have them and it’s dangerous for kids to be outside the house without a way to communicate with you, right? What if there is an emergency? What if they’re in trouble and need your help?

What if they are sending nude pictures of themselves to other pre-teens?

A Dinwiddie mother got a nasty shock when she went through her daughter’s cell phone and tablet. The pictures she discovered were so disturbing that she turned the girl in to sheriff’s deputies.

The parents discovered their 13-year-old daughter, who is about to enter the eighth-grade, had been sending and receiving naked pictures of other teens using her tablet.

And the deeper they dug, the worse it got. In fact, things got so bad they called in the sheriff’s department to investigate.

“What scares me is, this is much bigger than we realize. How many others are doing this and you don’t realize it,” asked the Dinwiddie County mother of two.

Parents need to wake up. The $500 device you bought for your teen is most likely a conduit for pornography. It could be racy pictures sent by Snapchat and destroyed seconds later, sexting, solicitation, bullying or worse yet, full on child pornography. Don’t be naive. If you have teens with phones or tablets, it’s happening in your house.

Take charge and fix it. Put filters on your home internet. It’s easy and effective. Monitor the online activity of your child. Tell them the expensive device you gave them can be taken away as fast as they can delete a snapchat. Be informed. Look for ways to protect your kids. Go on — use Google and take action.

In Alabama, They Catch Gators…BIG Gators

The state of Alabama sanctions Alligator hunting in the summertime for only a few days. Competition for licenses is tough. Applications are submitted, then licensees are chosen by drawing. This season runs from August 8th thru the 24th in various counties in the state. Hunting hours are for night owls. Hunters are only allowed to hunt between the hours of 8 PM and 6 AM.

So far, the hunt has been successful.

Mega gator

This little guy weighs in at 1,000 pounds, and is a smiggin over 15 feet long. That’s a lot of luggage right there.

And if you’re curious, there is a bag limit:

Each person receiving an Alligator Possession Tag will be allowed to harvest one (1) alligator. Alligators harvested in the Southeast Alabama zone must be a minimum of eight (8) feet in length.

This is serious business. Well, maybe not completely serious.

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New App Shuts Down Kids SmartPhone

This is great.

Parents in the Tri-State and around the world can relate: Trying to reach your teen by phone, only to get ignored. One frustrated mom decided to do something about it.

As CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reports, Sharon Standifird, was livid the day she called and texted her teenagers and they didn’t respond.Once she knew they were safe but ignoring her calls, she got an idea, Gainer reported.

“We need to develop an app that just shuts their phone completely down and they can’t even use it,” Standifird said. “And I started — literally just started researching how to develop an app.”So after months of design and working with developers, “Ignore No more” was born.

With one tap, a list of only parent-selected contacts come up. The child can call, get the password and unlock the phone.“Bradley needs to call me because I’m the person that has the unlock password,” Standifird said.

“It takes away texting, it takes away the gaming, it takes away calling their friends. The child will always be able to call 911,” said Standifird.

In my house, the only way to get the teenagers attention is to shut off the WiFi. Once it’s down, they come running. This app is a must have for me, since I can only control my own WiFi right now. Too bad the app is only available for Android. We’re an Apple iPhone house. I’m sure it will just a matter of time before an iOS app will be available.

Back

I’m coming back.

Some of you may know that this blog use to be a pretty active place. It started nearly 10 years ago. Just before the 2004 presidential election I started PunditGuy. It was great then. There were few political blogs in those days. It was relatively easy to get noticed. Most of the other bloggers were happy to link to PunditGuy, and many took my posts. It didn’t take long to get a following, and in just a few months, I had over one thousand unique visitors reading me per week. Talk about fun! I loved blogging. It became my hobby, and I put a lot of time into it. For the next few years, I blogged every day, got mentioned in the mainstream media, and had stories written about me in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. I had links into PunditGuy from MSNBC, CNN, and many well read blogs. More and more people read what I had to say. It was really great.

Then, something changed.

I started getting bored. I missed a few days, then a week, then a month of blogging. I stopped caring. I was distracted. I just didn’t want to do it anymore. I became disinterested in it all. Little did I know then, but I was entering into a moment of my life that would occupy my mind for the next 7 years.

Yep, 7 years.

I’ve been struggling with a myriad of issues. Family problems. Drug addiction in an immediate family member. Mental issues. Anxiety. Confidence issues. Professional issues. You name it, I have probably been through it in some form or another over the past few years. It’s been exhausting. Doctors. Tests. Treatment centers. Counseling. Pressure. Stress.

Fear.

All of this zapped every ounce of creative energy from me. Oh, on the outside I looked like I was coping. Inside, I was a wreck. I just didn’t want to do a lot of stuff. I didn’t want to deal with a lot of stuff either.

I lost a solid 7 years of my life.

Recently, through the help of professionals, and confidants, I’ve been looking into these things and realizing their cause. They aren’t simple things. They are lifelong things. But I’ve learned some interesting information, and I’ve gathered some tools to address them on a daily basis.

A friend asked me recently to recall a time when I was really happy, and interested, and “in the zone” with things in my life. I thought about that, and the truth is, I was in that place when I was writing on this blog every day. I felt good. I really loved meeting other bloggers, interacting with readers, and keeping up to date with all that was going on in the world of current events and politics. I really had a lot of fun. My friend asked me why I don’t go back to that. I immediately had a bunch of excuses. I didn’t have the time. There were too many political blogs now. Politics is exhausting. Blah Blah Blah. My friend then said something interesting. He said, “Who cares? You were having fun. You were doing something you liked. You were keeping busy. Your mind was focusing on things that you were really interested in. Go back and start over. Do it again, and light those areas of your brain back up!”. 

Wow. I had never thought about that. I never thought that just the exercise of writing on this blog again could bring back some of those memories in my brain. Those fun times. A time when I was a little less troubled, and a lot less narcissistic.

So, that’s why I’m back. I don’t care if I get a thousand readers again. I don’t care if I get mentioned in mainstream media. I don’t have to be famous. I don’t have to worry about trying to get linked by a big time blogger. I don’t have to look at my blog stats every few minutes. I just have to write, about everything. Not just politics, but anything I want. The act itself is rejuvenating. It’s what I like to do. It’s what brings me a bit of happiness.

I’m going to be in this place. I’m going to spend time writing again. And it will be fun.

So, welcome back if you’re reading this and you used to read me here. If this is new to you, then, I’ll just say, “Hi”, and “Thanks for reading”, like I used to say, every day, years ago, right here on PunditGuy.