A May 29, 2018 Facebook post by the Sarasota Florida Sheriff's Office shows a graphic of nine mobile apps that all of us should be aware of. The post says, "In response to #OperationIntercept SCSO which led to the arrest of 21 men engaging in illicit, criminal behavior with children online, we developed this graphic to inform parents of nine mobile applications they should know about. By SHARING this graphic, you too, can help protect our next generation."
Operation Intercept, an initiative to protect Sarasota County children from online predators, resulted in the arrest of twenty one suspects ranging from ages 22-58 that "... responded to Internet-based ads, online apps or social media sites and engaged in sexually explicit written and verbal conversations."
The graphic gives brief descriptions of the following apps: Bumble, Liveme, Ask.fm, Snapchat, Holla, Calculator%, Kik, Whisper, and Hot or Not. Parents are urged to learn about the apps and be aware of the potential risks associated with each one. Concerns range from Ask.me being known for cyber bullying to Whisper promoting sharing of secrets with strangers to Kik allowing anyone anywhere to contact and direct message your child. Learn about all nine apps HERE.
The potential for harm to our children is huge. Please share this information and help protect our kids from cyber abuse, luring into trafficking, bullying and more.
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THANK YOU TO KENNADY!
Kennady, a new Hope4Justice volunteer recently stepped up to take on the task of sending a weekly prayer letter to those interested in regular prayer for Engedi Refuge Ministries. We are so glad for her willingness to help in this way!
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ON THE READING LIST
Deepening the Soul for Justice by Bethany Hoang
The challenges of global injustice can be overwhelming. The pain is real; the violence dark. Many well-intentioned Christians get burned out. What can you do to stay in the game? Bethany Hoang, director of International Justice Mission’s IJM Institute, has seen firsthand how spiritual formation can fuel our response to God’s call to justice–from the inside out. Hoang shares spiritual practices honed on the frontlines of the fight for justice–guideposts for an inward journey that can propel a disciple outward, empowering the difficult work of justice. Seeking the God of justice can be a catalyst for spiritual growth and deeper personal discipleship. Discover spiritual disciplines for the justice-seeker and renew and invigorate your own justice journey. Includes questions for group discussion.
(Information from Mirror Ministries website.)