Dare to Care - May 5th 2023

Addressing Climate Change: Phantom energy

Various plugged in electronic devices and appliances (televisions, toasters, lamps, etc.) can consume electricity even when turned off. This is called “phantom load” or “vampire energy.” The U.S. Department of Energy says on average, 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics and appliances is consumed while the products are turned off. Unplug and save your household up to $100 per year and help conserve our energy resources. Learn more at “Take Control and Save.”

Ending Human Trafficking: Online Gaming – Red Flags

Online games like Call of Duty, Fortnite, Minecraft, and World of Warcraft are very popular among boys.  97% of American teenage boys play some type of online games. The shared interest in gaming gives the child a sense of camaraderie with the other players, which opens the door for potential predators. 
Some red flags for youth to be aware of when playing these games are:
•    Receiving creepy messages like “Hey cutie” or “Send pics” while playing.
•    Being asked personal questions or soliciting personal information.
•    Receiving in-game purchases especially from someone you just ‘met’ online.
•    Being encouraged to take their conversation off the game and to another social media site like Discord which allows pictures to be sent.

These techniques have been used by predators looking to groom youth into potentially meeting in person, sending nude photos, sextortion, and possibly human trafficking.  Share these warning signs with the people you love.  https://www.ourrescue.org/online-safety

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