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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

MISSING 15 Y/O SIERRA LAMAR: QR Code & Mobile Website For Missing Children & Mobile Devices (Smartphones, iPads, etc)

Click on images to visit Sierra Lamar's Mobile Website or
Scan QR code with QR code scanner on your Smartphone

San Jose, CA – 3/20/2012:  Just POINT, SCAN and SHARE information with your Smartphone directly with everyone online.  QR Codes are changing the way we access and share information… they are also changing the way we, Child Quest International, look for missing children.

A QR code, short for Quick Response, is a specific matrix barcode readable by dedicated QR barcode readers, Smartphones or camera phones.  QR Readers can be downloaded for FREE by your cellular provider.

Once a QR Code is created, it can be directed to a Leafs, vCards, Youtube video’s, URL's (AKA websites), Facebook or can Downloads Files.  If you scan a QR Code on a Sierra Lamar Poster with your Smartphone, it displays the following info on your Smartphone (HIT LINK) :

With so many thousands of Missing Children every year and so many posters which are displayed in many box stores, supermarkets and at borders crossings across Canada and in the United States, using a QR CODE on posters could provide a NEW way to connect and share Missing Children Posters with people online. It creates the ability to share missing children profiles easier with just one scan and click of a Smartphone.  It also provides one touch dialing to the appropriate law enforcement, streamlining sighting reports and tipster information.

This new technology, along with social online networking, in addition to the fact that trends show users are adopting Smartphones faster than any other form of mobile device, provides the ability to share Missing Children cases right from a printed "Missing Children Poster" which has been the same similar format since the first poster was created in 1874 for Charlie Brewster Ross.

The objective and hopes for the creation of QR codes on posters is so that people can access the information online easier and share it amongst their friends and family so that the Missing Child can be found as fast as possible. 

Twitter: #FindSierra #FindTheMissing


Custom QR CODE Logo Artwork Design & Mobile Website created by: Stephen Watkins, Father of two Missing  / Abducted Children from Canada. Photos & Information:

Child Quest International is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the prevention and recovery of missing, abused, and exploited children. Providing awareness and safety education to children, teens, pre-teens, and parents is the foundation for our goal to stop child victimization.  Beyond that, we are here to assist law enforcement and searching families in the location and recovery efforts in the horrendous event that a child does go missing.  To date, Child Quest has assisted with over 3,000 recoveries.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

5 Things You Should Know About Using Smartphones Safely

  1. Teens use smartphones for everything from playing games to downloading music. Check out this infographic to see what else they're doing.
  2. In one survey, 69% of adults said they believe smartphones increase risks to teen safety and well-being.
  3. A smartphone is basically a small computer, so you should protect it the same way. Read these FAQs to learn about protecting your phone.
  4. Pictures taken on your smartphone and posted online may reveal your location. Read this news report to learn how to fix it.
  5. You can help teens think about smartphone safety with a simple conversation. Use these discussion starters from NetSmartz to get going.
Check out our new mobile website and connect with us via your Smartphone!

[Source: NetSmartz Workshop] Articles and comments do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) or Child Quest International (CQI). Any products or websites mentioned are not necessarily affiliated with, endorsed or licensed by NCMEC or CQI.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Silicon Valley ICAC Task Force: Three Arrests in Marin County Child Pornography Raids


SAN RAFAEL, CA Feb 24, 2012 - The Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force was serving warrants in Marin County Thursday, arresting three people on suspicion of downloading child pornography, police said.

A team of 75 agents and officers working for as many as 20 different city, state and federal agencies started making felony child porn arrests early Thursday morning.

"So far, we've served four warrants and made arrests at three of the locations: one in Fairfax, one in San Rafael and one in Novato," explained Margo Rohrbacher of the San Rafael Police Department.

The males arrested were a Novato teenager, 22-year-old Daniel Dinneen of Fairfax and 31-year-old Carlos Martinez, who lives in San Rafael.

"Imagine the worst of the worst. This is even worse than that," said Rohrbacher. "Infants up to pre-pubescent children, so it's just horrible."

Authorities arrested at least three men and seized computers and other evidence police said that show the men circulated videos of prepubescent children having sex with adults.

Other warrants were still outstanding for people who engaged in anonymous file sharing.

"The child pornography crime is growing in leaps and bounds," said Rohrbacher. "It grows about 150 percent a year and currently it's the fastest growing crime in the U.S."

Most neighbors in the family neighborhood where Martinez lived didn't want to speak, but two of them did. "I was pretty disgusted," said area resident Brian Todhunter. "You know, it's hard to say what people are doing behind their doors, but I was pretty surprised to find it so close to us."

"I don't know what... what to say," said neighbor Helena Silva. "I don't know. A great surprise."

20 such arrests have been made in the Bay Area in the last few months. Police said most of the accused had no criminal records.

[Source: KTVU | KCBS | ABC7]