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Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Predator that Might be in Your Childs Room

Click the link to view the lecture.

Mr. Philip Rosenthal - Controlling the Internet Before it Controls our Kids

Approximately: 1 hour in length [video]

Mr. Rosenthal is a police officer who works on tracking down sexual predators and putting them behind bars. He gave a lecture in a synogogue about sexual predators. He tells how he was on a sexual predator's case, and acted like a young girl of 14-15 and ended up with the guy behind bars. He tells us about myspace; about aol profiles; and what parents need to do with their kids, and not to use the computer with the internet, as a babysitter.

He tells us of the huge problem of "" and how some kids put their real information on that site and how it is a haven for predators. He tells of seminar that he gave to a number of Rabbis and wanted to bring the point home. He had found some information on myspace and blotted out all identifying information and handed out copies to the Rabbis, and after they looked at it, he said, that, that information contained inside, was a daughter of one of Rabbis who were present.

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  • I listened to this lecture and if you have a child it is imperative you check this one out since philip rosenthal is an expert on internet child predators. He covers the whole gamut of warning signs of a predator and steps you can take to prevent your child from being stalked.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/26/2006 1:33 AM  

  • This is a must checkout lecture if you have a child that uses the internet. Philip Rosenthal is an expert on child predators and He covers the warning signs of a predator and the steps you can take to prevent your child from being stalked. You will be amazed at what might you might be missing even if you are an internet junkie.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/26/2006 1:42 AM  

  • I never left my my son alone with any male because I have found by experience most kids who have serious issues have been molested by someone close to or in the family .A young lass we know of has just sorted her self out after many years but it was her sister that was molested .Predators use churches scout groups and even shuls to find their prey .As I was a victim I became paranoid when we had a child as I was told its been done to you you will most likely do it to your child .B`H YOU CAN ALSO BE REPULSED BY IT .

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/26/2006 3:09 AM  

    Please read this story it was in Fridays news here in Australia .The xian church has much to answer for .Also remember these pedophiles are addicted to kids and will prowl any medium to find their pray .

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/26/2006 3:13 AM  

  • This is a very serious matter and I think it is important to use terms accurately. Surely there are particular services layered on top of the communications network that is the internet; and one or more of these services is what the writer has in mind that we might think could be used , somehow, as a babysitter.

    Since the internet itself is incapable of being a baby sitter, neither is the electric power grid, nor the water line, exactly what services is there a concern that parents will use as a baby sitter?

    Can a public library be used as a baby sitter? If a child uses their computer's network access much like a reference section of a library, is this any more of a risk than getting exposed to inappropriate content within a library?

    If a child uses their compuer's network capabilities for voice or written communication within an established social network approved by their parent, or to interact with rabbis who's shiurim their parent or rabbi have recommended, is that a risk?

    I'd really like to understand at what point various uses of the internet's capabilities becomes riskier than other things we consider to be well worth their inherent risks, and exactly how one person's view of how internet communications can be used can come to be labeled what actually is or defines the internet.

    If computer technology professionals have designed and built the internet and know it to be something different than a lay person would thing after reading or hearing terms used to describe it negatively, what effective learning about risks of certain kinds of dumb things can be accomplished?

    Is this not unlike the frustrating experience of one asking for a brick and being given a hammer?

    By Blogger Rob 613, at 5/26/2006 9:16 AM  

  • [This is the full story to the link mentioned above -,5478,19260865%255E2862,00.html - Thank you to the one who provided the link]

    Priest's satanic life
    Gary Hughes

    THE Catholic Church has accepted as substantially true allegations that a Melbourne priest took part in ritualised sexual abuse in which a number of deaths occurred.

    The Melbourne archdiocese paid $33,000 to the man who made the claims as compensation for repeated sexual and physical abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of the priest.

    The archdiocese's independent sexual abuse investigator, barrister Peter O'Callaghan, QC, described details of the ritualised deaths and abuse provided by the victim as "extraordinary".

    ". . . but I have no reason or justification for doubting his credibility," Mr O'Callaghan said in a letter to the victim's lawyers in 2000.

    Earlier, during a formal interview with the victim, which was recorded, Mr O'Callaghan said he was satisfied the man was telling the truth.

    "I see no reason why I shouldn't accept what you say," he said. "Amazing as it is, I accept it."

    The Melbourne archdiocese's Vicar-General, Monsignor Les Tomlinson, said Mr O'Callaghan advised Victoria Police about the allegations and was told the victim had already notified them that he had been "sexually abused and was a witness to murder".

    "The police advised that inquiries had been made with the homicide squad and their missing persons records and intelligence was unable to confirm the allegations and that there was no current investigation into the matter," Monsignor Tomlinson said.

    In a sworn statement given to the archdiocese, the 56-year-old victim said he was first abused by the priest in Melbourne in the early 1960s, when serving as an altar boy at a southern suburbs church and attending a Catholic school.

    The abuse continued for three years and included being repeatedly abused during what appeared to be satanic rituals by the priest and others. He says the priest, who has since died, owned at least one firearm.

    In his statement, the victim gives details of a number of rituals in which the priest was involved.

    "A number of the things that I can remember are extremely gruesome," he said.

    "I remember being told loudly and forcibly that God is evil and Satan is good and Satan is more powerful.

    "On another occasion I was told that good is evil and evil is good, and that Satan is all-powerful and has control over the earth, and that I am evil and that is good.

    "I have some gruesome memories of killings."

    The statement details three deaths -- a young woman, a young man and a child -- gang rapes and other forms of sexual abuse that allegedly occurred during the rituals over a period of several years.

    Animals were also killed during the ceremonies.

    By Blogger hakol.b.seder, at 5/26/2006 10:24 AM  

  • As a parent of 3 children ranging now in ages of 12 - 19, I am very much aware of the sickies that is out in cyberland.

    My son uses MySpace alot. I refuse to allow my daughters to be a part of it. For over a year, I've been monitoring newspapers across the country (both online and off) regarding MySpace and AOL. I've found that both have the same amount of news regarding predators nationwide.

    When the founders of MySpace were being interviewed on a local (SF) radio show, I was one of the callers who simply asked them, "Don't you realize of what you have allowed to happen has happened?" The young men both denied any wrong doing and said it was up to the individual to know right from wrong - also mentioned the First Amendment.

    MySpace unlike AOL is hard to monitor as a parent. At least AOL there was a feature that parents can use to monitor the chats. AOL acknowledged the wrong doings. MySpace won't.

    By the way, many states' attorney general offices are considering action to close MySpace for good and to fine the owners for irresponsibility.

    I hope they win.

    Hinda - Sonoma County, California

    By Blogger Hinda, at 5/26/2006 12:11 PM  

  • He also presented at the Nefesh conference this year. It was a powerful, frightening and informative lecture.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/28/2006 10:50 AM  

  • Wow a blogspace where you actually don't need to sign up for an account to comment.

    Your own little kingdom, eh? Always informative (well most times).

    Lets take on the world I say ;)

    May you go from strength to strength in all the good that you do. Take care

    By Anonymous Little Aussie Vegemite (guess who), at 5/29/2006 11:10 AM  

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