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ID Theft During the Holidays

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Each year has continued to show an increase in both Identity Thefts and Scams. Here are two types of common scams that we have seen a lot of this year: “IRS Payment Scam” In this common scam, the caller is portraying themselves to be an IRS or some other Federal Agent. They tell the victim that they owe back taxes …

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Parent’s Guide to Gangs

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Parent’s Guide to Gangs By Lieutenant Mike Budreau, Medford Police Dept.   Research indicates that parents can play a pivotal role in keeping young people out of gangs. Parents can protect their children from gang activity through taking positive actions, such as monitoring their activities, fostering close relationships with them, and using positive discipline strategies. However, parents often lack    …

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Guarding Against Online Predators

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Are your children safe online? It seems like the online world is harmless right? Most of the time your children are online in home and sometimes under your watchful eyes. Did you know that one out of every five youth online is solicited? Did you know that one in four received an unwanted exposure in the past year to pictures …

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Cyberbullying – what parents should know

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Cyberbullying – what parents should know As parents it’s our job to help our children develop into independent, confident, and self-assured young adults. The pressures and complexities of being a teen, and being the parent of a teen, couldn’t be more challenging. It’s hard enough for kids to find their place in the physical world and try to fit in, …

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Asante and Kohl’s want you to be Water Savvy and Water Safe

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                  Be Water Savvy and Water Safe Pools, rivers, ponds, and beaches mean summer fun and cool relief from hot weather. But water also can be dangerous for kids if parents don’t take the proper precautions. Nearly 1,000 kids die each year by drowning, with the majority happening in home swimming pools. …