PROFNET EXPERT ALERTS: Consumer Protection / School Bullying / Technology and Lent

Saturday, February 20, 2010 General News
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    1.  Consumer Issues: Consumers Get Protection from New Credit Card Laws
    2.  Health: Juvenile Arthritis vs. Other Childhood Diseases
    3.  Parenting: Preventing the Most Tragic 

Consequence of Bullying: Suicide 4. Parenting: The Dos and Don'ts of Being a Sideline Parent 5. Religion: Giving up Facebook for Lent


is the founder of HELPSAVEMYDOLLARS.COM, a personal finance Web site with the goal of helping teens, college students and adults save more money during these tough economic times. He is an expert on the Credit CARD Act of 2009: "On Feb. 22, the Credit CARD Act of 2009 goes into effect. The law will limit how and when credit card companies can raise consumers' interest rates on credit cards and it will make it tougher for young consumers under age 21 to get credit cards. These new credit card laws will help consumers and provide more transparency and information to consumers." Gamm has appeared on major national network television programs, and has also been featured in newspapers and in some of the Internet's top personal finance Web sites. He is located in New York City. Web site: (2/19/10)

2. HEALTH: JUVENILE ARTHRITIS VS. OTHER CHILDHOOD DISEASES. KELLY ROUBA, disability advocate and author of the book "Juvenile Arthritis: The Ultimate Teen Guide": "I have lived most of my life with juvenile arthritis and sometimes the only way to let people know how seriously juvenile arthritis impacts young people is to put the numbers in context with other childhood diseases. I believe it is very important for people to know that the number of children living with arthritis in the United States is more than muscular dystrophy, hemophilia and cystic fibrosis combined. It is also important for people to know that juvenile arthritis is the No. 1 cause of acquired disability in young people. Also, it is the sixth most common childhood disease, following asthma, congenital heart disease, cerebral palsy, diabetes and epilepsy." Rouba can discuss what is currently being done to help combat the disease. She is located in Trenton, N.J. News Contact: Patricia Vaccarino, Phone: +1-206-979-3380 (2/19/10)

3. PARENTING: PREVENTING THE MOST TRAGIC CONSEQUENCE OF BULLYING: SUICIDE. DR. EDWARD F. DRAGAN, founder of EDUCATION MANAGEMENT CONSULTING, LLC, is a school safety and education law expert with over 30 years of experience, who can discuss how to help parents and educators create safer schools for children: "The heartbreaking suicide of Phoebe Prince teaches us all a painful lesson that schools and parents must be vigilant and do more to prevent bullying and harassment, both of which often lead to violence and in the most tragic cases, death. I am constantly amazed by how many parents do not know how to get schools to help their bullied children, or know that schools have anti-harassment policies. Likewise, I am often surprised by how many schools think that just having an anti-bullying policy is enough, and do not listen to or take parents seriously. When parents learn how to tap into the system and get schools to listen, they are astounded at the positive results they can bring about to stop bullying/harassment and protect the well-being and lives of their children." Dragan, who has worked with national print and broadcast media, can provide practical tips for parents on how to recognize if their children are being harassed, what to do/not do, how to work with the schools, how to get the schools to listen and when to enlist the help of the legal system. Dragan is located in Lambertville, N.J. News Contact: Patty Murray, Phone: +1-732-249-6493 Cell: +1-732-322-9392 (2/17/10)

4. PARENTING: THE DOS AND DON'TS OF BEING A SIDELINE PARENT. CATHY SCHICK ("Coach Schick"), athletic director, SEATTLE ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES: "We have all seen the news stories of fist fights breaking out between parents on the sideline. As a sideline parent, you always have to be aware of the example that you are setting for your child. Remember that it's your child's game and it's your child who is playing, not you. Don't let your need to compete ruin your child's game. Good sportsmanship is about playing well, playing fair and showing mutual respect. When teammates, opponents, coaches, officials and parents treat each other with respect, your child will learn good sportsmanship. When your child sees adults behaving with sportsmanlike conduct, he or she will understand that the real winners in the game are those who know how to act with courage and dignity." News Contact: Patricia Vaccarino, Phone: +1-206-979-3380 (2/19/10)

5. RELIGION: GIVING UP FACEBOOK FOR LENT. RICK MALLOY, S.J., M. Div., S.T.L., Ph.D., assistant professor of cultural anthropology at CHESTNUT HILL COLLEGE, and expert in religion and culture, can discuss why so many people are giving up Facebook/technology during Lent: "What Lent is all about is removing the obstacles between us and reality. So often, the white noise of the electronic blanket within which we cocoon ourselves keeps us oblivious to the relationships where we are 'missing the mark.' For people to turn off the TV, leave the iPod at home, drive in silence, not go on Facebook for 40 days or stop texting 1,000 messages a day can be a truly transformative experience. To separate ourselves from such things can clear some space in our hearts, heads and souls, and help us recognize and be more aware of the transformative power of God's grace to operating in our lives." Malloy is located in Philadelphia. News Contact: Lisa Mixon, Phone: +1-215-753-3664 (2/19/10)

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