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y supporting this publication, you ensure that millions of children in thousands of schools throughout the world will have access to the information they need in a safe and secure online environment. This is an environment that not only protects children, but goes further by teaching them good habits for a safe, secure, and productive life, both on and offline!

L.E.A.P. Global, Co., LTD., UBAsia Co., Ltd. and the Pasanusornbangkae School and Pasanusornbangkae Commercial School of Thailand respectively, have teamed up to JumpSmart© an innovative global education initiative known as: "The L.E.A.P. Smart Learning Network". This global initiative is poised to spark a "Learning Revolution" providing every child, regardless of their socialeconomic status or geographical location, with the opportunity to "ReadLead & Succeed" and become the best that they can be!

The L.E.A.P. Smart™ e-Learning Network© is an acronym for Learn Earn Access and Prosper © The L.E.A.P. Smart™ proprietary operating platform is original, innovative, and simple to use. L.E.A.P. members Learn real-world information and skills by completing fun, educational e-Learning modules at least once a week. By taking these e-Learning modules, members Earn points and a unique code, which gives them Access to a safe, fun, and rewarding area known as: 'the YOZONE'. In the YOZONE they are Able to: Play games, chat with friends, blog, listen to music, watch videos, and much more, all in a safe, secure environment. Kids in the YOZONE also learn to Prosper by completing educational activities that earn additional rewards, and 'YO

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CREDITS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Editor In-Chief: Mr. H. L. Craig-Hovendove Publisher: L.E.A.P. Global Publishing “Danger Lurks & Lay Where Our Children Play” Committee: 1. Mr. Chanarong Luckshaniyanavin 2. Mr. Gregory Pommerenk 3. Mr. H. L. Craig Hovendove 4. Mr. Kevin Pichon 5. Ms. Ruth Hedges 6. Mr. Subinsiri Nawadhinsukh

“Danger Lurks & Lay Where Our Children Play” Production Team: Assistant Editor In-Chief: Mr. Don Williams English Writers: 1. Mr. H.L. Craig-Hovendove 2. Mr. Joe Phelen Thai Writers: Ms. Maythiya Prediyatorn Illustrators: 1. Mr. Apichart Supsuwan 2. Ms. Maythiya Prediyatorn 3. Ms. Akino Yamaguchi 4. Ms. Supannarat Anuket Inkers: 1. Mr. Apichart Supsuwan 2. Ms. Maythiya Prediyatorn 3. Ms. Akino Yamaguchi 4. Ms. Supannarat Anuket Story-Boards: 1. Mr. Apichart Supsuwan 2. Ms. Maythiya Prediyatorn 3. Ms. Akino Yamaguchi 4. Ms. Supannarat Anuket Main Layout Specialist: Mr. Chanaka Fernando Storyline Layout: 1. Mr. Apichart Supsuwan 2. Ms. Maythiya Prediyatorn 3. Ms. Akino Yamaguchi 4. Ms. Supannarat Anuket Editing: (Thai) 1. Ms. Maleena Montreeteerakul 2. Mr. Subinsiri Nawadhinsukh Jr. Editor: Panusorn Luckshaniyanavin Editing: (English) 1. Ms. Maleena Montreeteerakul 2. Mr. Subinsiri Nawadhinsukh 3. Mr. Don Williams Jr. Editor: Panusorn Luckshaniyanavin 

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Translators (Thai): 1. Ms. Maleena Montreeteerakul 2. Mr. Subinsiri Nawadhinsukh Translators (English): 1. Ms. Maleena Montreeteerakul 2. Mr. Subinsiri Nawadhinsukh Storyline & Plot and Art Student Consultants from Pasanusornbangkae School and Pasanusornbangkae Commercial School: Storyline & Workshop Consultants: Let’s Comic Book Publishing Company

“Danger Lurks & Lay Where Our Children Play” Advisory Board: “Danger Lurks & Lay Where Our Children Play” Comic-Book Promotions, Marketing and Advertising Consultants: C2P Print & Design Co., Ltd (Thailand) International Sales-Marketing & P.R. Consultants: 1. Mr. Kevin Louis Pichon 2. Ms. Ruth Hedges Creative Consultants: 1. Mr. Chanarong Luckshaniyanavin 2. Mr. Gregory Pommerenk 3. Mr. H. L. Craig Hovendove 4. Ms. Maleena Montreeteerakul 5. Mr. Chanaka Fernando 6. Mr. Subinsiri Nawadhinsukh 7. Ms. Sujittra Meethum 8. Ms. Uraiwan Juntong 9. Ms. Natsuporn Saisud Community Relations: 1. Mr. Chanarong Luckshaniyanavin 2. Mr. Gregory Pommerenk 3. Mr. Kevin Louis Pichon 4. Mr. H. L. Craig Hovendove Printing Consultants: C2P Print & Design Co., Ltd (Thailand) Special Consultants: Web design & Consultant: C2P Print & Design Co., Ltd (Thailand) E-Learning Content Development and Production: 1. Mr. H.L. Craig-Hovendove 2. Mr. Harirak Mongkolporn 3. Mr. Sutthichai Thapanachanok 4. Mr. Nutt Kawegomon Copyrights: “DANGER LURKS AND LAY WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY” Vol #1 Issue #1 November 2008 First Printing, Published By “L.E.A.P. Global Publishing Co.” 55/164 Bann-KlangMuang Wangtonglang, BKK 10310, Thailand Tel: 66 899869534 Fax: 66-2-538-6923, Email: info@ leapingsmart.com, Website: www.leapingsmart.com, L.E.A.P. Global Publishing abd all Related Characters Are Trademarked and Copyrighted By Leap Global Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Any Similarities Between Names, Characters, Persons or Situations With Those of Any Real Person Living or Dead, or Institution is Unintential. Any Such Similarity is Purely Coincidental. With the Exception of Artwork Used For Review or For Reference Purposes, None of the Contents of This Publication May Be used Without the Expressed Written Consent and Permission of Leap Global Publishing Company. L.E.A.P. Global Publishing Would Like to Thank the Copyrights Owner(s) for the Use of Any and All Pictures, Text, Articles, Research Material, Artwork and Any Other Content Used in This Publication, it is Greatly Appreciated!

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Welcome to Our L.E.A.P. Learning Journey This publication is dedicated to all the guardians of our children’s safety and security, and the children, youths and teens that they protect. Whether they are parents, teachers, or community leaders, all agree that today’s youth face a much more complex and dangerous world then when they or their parents were children. Gone are the days when you only had to worry about your children when they physically walked out the front door. Because these days more and more homes have a virtual backdoor capable of transporting children, who step through it, onto streets no less dangerous than what lies outside the door of each and every home. This virtual backdoor is the Internet, and the streets children walk through run deep into cyber-space. For the guardians of children, cyber-space offers a new and unique challenge, for it is a double edged sword, capable of cutting for

good or evil, depending on which direction(s) our children take. The internet has forever changed the way we live. We use it for work, shopping, games, leisure, and pleasure, just to name a few of the multitude of ways. Many people go online to keep in touch with friends, to make new ones, or to locate old ones. But like most things in life, the internet is not perfect and for as many wonderful, positive, and enriching things available online, it also has its share of bad, negative, and dangerous things…. especially for children and teens! Impressionable children and teens are easily influenced by professional con-men and predators that prey upon them, sometimes stalking them for months before striking out at their intended victims!

Although there are many more dangers for children and teens online and offline, these are our L.E.A.P. Top 5 Online Areas of Stranger Danger: • Data or identity theft--stolen passwords, addresses, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and other financial information • Malicious software (also known as malware)--adware, spyware, viruses, spamming, phishing scams • Inappropriate, fraudulent or inaccurate content--pornography, content focused on violence, hate propaganda, fake investments or shopping • Cyberbullying--bullying peers via instant messages, social networking sites, online games • Predators--social networking sites, chat rooms, email, Instant messaging, fake web-sites, contest or advertising that could lure them into danger offline



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Although there is no single 100% safe and guaranteed solution to protect our children and teens online, we can dramatically decrease the risks they face by instilling in them, through education the 3 C’s to surf by: Caution, Common, sense and Communication!

This publication provides you with a L.E.A.P. Start, so you can do your part to keep our children and teens safe, secure and smart!

But no matter how much we all want to protect our children and teens, we cannot do it without their help….THEY MUST DO THEIR PART TO STAY SMART! By teaching our children and teens to follow a few simple rules, we can better prepare them with the knowledge and information that they need to safely walk the streets of cyberspace!

THE L.E.A.P. GLOBAL PRODUCTION TEAM IS PROUD TO HAVE BEEN PART OF CREATING THE MOST INNOVATIVE AND COMPREHENSIVE ONLINE/OFFLINE SAFETY COMIC-BOOK IN THE WORLD

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“There’s much much more coming up with my exciting Interview with Khun Chanarong, but lets take a short break and get to our exciting stories inside,…. Khun Chanarong and I will see you again on page 48”

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SMILING FACES SOMETIMES TELLS LIES

Instant messaging can be lots of fun when chatting with friends… but do you truly know who your friends really are??

LISTEN, LEARN & LIVE

Meeting strangers offline who you have met online is a recipe for disaster….don’t mix fun with danger!

A WICKED WEB WE WEAVE 3.

Cyber-space is a sticky tricky, place where a person can be anyone and anything that they want….don’t get caught in a web of lies, deceit and danger!

WAKE UP BEFORE IT’’’ S TOO LATE 4.

Online and offline video games are lots of fun, and when used and not abused can have many benefits…this is one story that you need to Read & Heed!

GONE IN AN INSTANT 5.

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Every day over 2,000 children are reported missing each and every day….and that’s just in America! If it happens there it can and does happen any and everywhere….Be smart, be careful and don’t become a statistic!

INNOCENCE SHATTERED …HOPE ANEW

There is absolutely no excuse for abuse…..ESPECIALLY IN OUR SCHOOLS!

IF SOMETHING SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE 7.



All that glitters isn’t gold and every frog that gets kissed and turns into a Prince isn’t always charming! Be smart and be aware and listen carefully to this story that we want to share with you…..

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Our first story is about a young lady who got caught up in what is arguably the most dangerous form of online activity for children, youth and teens….engaging in Instant Messaging, or I/M as it is called for short, with a stranger that she was fooled into believing was her friend and agreed to meet offline without telling her parents or a trusted adult! Even though the vast majority of online chat sessions are completely innocent, harmless, and never results in placing the young vulnerable and impressionable surfer in harms way…..it only takes one bad experience for them to find out that “Sometimes Smiling Faces Tell Lies” and the person behind them aren’t what and whom they say they really are! Although we cannot monitor our children 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we can better prepare them through education, communication, establishing clear and firm rules for their internet useage, utilizing available technology designed to safeguard and protect them and last, but certainly not least, by teaching our children to exercise common sense, not only while online but in their daily lives as a whole! This is the beginning of our story, but how it ends will be up to you……..

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Ah... There he is...

A Girl (Lek) in her room with a computer, she’s “chatting” with an online “friend,” (Z-Boy-nickname) that she has met online a few months ago but has never met face to face. She thinks he’s a cool guy that she knows really well because they have chatted online for a long time (2 months) and have shared many private details about themselves with each other.

click click Hey Z… U online?

Z-Boy: Here... Watcha do’n? LEK: Not much and U? Z-BOY: Just hanging, playing games and listening to my IPOD LEK: I’m bored out of my mind Z-BOY : U alone or are your parents home? LEK: Yeah, they’re downstairs watching TV or something. I’m supposed to be doing my homework but it ain’t happening.

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Z-BOY: Hey, U down for some adventure?

LEK: Yeah, sure… wassup?

Adventure??

Z-BOY: We’ve been hanging online for a long time, let’s hook up and meet!

um.... but....

LEK: You mean like face to face? Z-BOY: Yep, you down or what??

LEK: Ahhh….. errr….

Hmmm…I dunno… I’ve heard of people doing this before and bad things have happened!! Maybe this isn’t such a good idea???

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Z-BOY: What’s up, I thought we were friends?? You’re not scared are you??

“Z-BOY’s right, he’s my friend and I have his picture, phone number, I know all about his family and friends and everything…… so I know he’s ok”

Z-BOY: If you don’t think it’s cool I’ll understand, I really like you and I thought we are friends but maybe I was wrong??

Oh no!!! Is he mad at me? LEK starts to feel guilty and starts to worry that Z-BOY is getting angry and might not want to be her friend any more, so she ignores her feelings and agrees to meet Z-BOY at his house.

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LEK : .... NO.... LEK: No, you’re right…we are friends Z-BOY…Best friends (LEK Smiles as she thinks she’s in love)! I’ll meet you, but let me finish my homework first before I go so my parents don’t get on my case.

Z-BOY: No prob, just buzz me when you’re ready to leave…I can’t wait to see you baby!

- One hour later LEK goes downstairs to show her parents that she has finished her homework and tells them that she is tired and wants to go to bed early LEK: Okay Mom… Okay Dad,

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I’m tired, I think I’ll go to bed early tonight… I have a big test tomorrow during first period and I want to do well so I‘d better get some sleep!

LEK gives each of her parents a hug and a kiss goodnight and then heads back upstairs so she can sneak out the window to see her friend Z-BOY. Love you guys, goodnight!

Ok sweetheart, love you too, sleep well.

Ok dear, I’ll wake you up early in the morning so you can eat a good breakfast before you go to school, goodnight.

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LEK: Hey Z-BOY, you still there? I’m finished with my homework and ready to leave

Z-BOY: Wow, I waited so long, I thought you had changed your mind about meeting me or something!!!

LEK: No way, I just had lots of homework to do but I’m ready to leave now. What about your parents, won’t they wonder where you are or come to check on you??? LEK: Don’t worry, I got it all handled, I’m a big girl now and they trust me very much…. I told them that I have a big test in the morning at school and I was tired and wanted to go to sleep early, they won’t bother me until the morning so we’re cool! Z-BOY: Cool, here’s my address (Z-BOY I/ M’s LEK his address: 1567 Overbank, by the river. On the corner of X street and Maple at the end of the street… Lek thinks it’s Z-Boy’s real address… little does she know that Z-BOY has given her the address of an abandoned house that he has fixed up to make it seem like he lives there. Tech savvy Z-Boy even has mobile internet access on his laptop so his trap was fairly easy to set and it looks like he’s caught an innocent and unsuspecting prey in his net!

LEK: Oh, I know where that’s at…. that’s not too far, I can ride my bike there in about 20 minutes…. See you soon

Z-BOY: It’s so exciting to finally meet in person!

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Lek: Hey Z-Boy, before I go I wanted to ask you if you’ve heard anything about the exciting contest about online and offline safety where people can win 500,000 baht and lots of other cool prizes? Z-Boy: Nope, haven’t heard anything about it, what’s it all about? Z-Boy: I could buy you a lot of nice things with 500,000 baht!! Lek Smiles and thinks: He’s sooooo sweet, maybe we can work together to win the top prize?? What is she talking about now; I don’t care about some stupid contest about online and offline safety, it’s guys like me that her parents and teachers warn dumb and naive girls like her about!

Lek: Well, all you have to do is buy this safety comic book called

“DANGER LURKS AND LAY WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY” and it will give you clues inside that you have to follow to a website where you have to register and then answer a few safety questions from the book to qualify for the grand prize.But the contest is only open to currently registered

school students

like us and their immediate family members. Z-Boy: Sounds cool, where can I buy this comic and what’s the website address? Lek: I bought it at my school, check at your school tomorrow or you can go to the publisher’s website to find a place close to you where you can get it. Their main website is www.leapingsmart.com and the website where you can register for the contest is: www.leapsmartandgetpaid.com

DANG!! Well, that leaves me out….. these people are smart to have rules to keep guys like me out of it… DANG IT!!

Ok, sounds like I had better hurry up and get a copy of the comic and go to the website and register so I can win! Z-Boy: We can talk more about it when you come to see me…hurry up, ok sweetheart! DANGER LURKS AND LAYS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY

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Stupid girl, this time it took less than 2 months‌.. this is getting easier and easier every time!!!

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-ABOUT 20 MINUTES LATER AS LEK APPROACHES THE ADDRESS THAT HER FRIEND Z-BOY HAD GIVEN HER SHE STARTS TO WORRY A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE THE HOUSE IS AT THE END OF A DARK ALLEYWAY –BUT THEN SHE THINKS TO HERSELF-

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Hmmm, it’s so dark down there…. I wonder if I have the right address???

Maybe I should go back home???

Just as she was going to turn around and go back home Lek hears a voice calling her from the back of the alley…it’s Z-BOY and he’s shinning a flashlight.

Hey Lek, where are you going… I’m here, come on down

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It’s ok baby, it’s me, your friend Z-BOY!!!

I’m sorry, I was a little nervous because it’s so dark and I can’t see much, keep shinning the light so I can see…I’ll be right there.

Lek starts to slowly peddle her bike towards the light and her friend Z-Boy

Ok, just follow the light.

Lek gets to the end of the alley and Z-BOY takes her nervous hand and tells her to come on into his house so that they can see each other

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Wow, why are your hands shaking?… Relax…you’re safe now….come on in so we can really get to know each other

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I guess it’s ok, you are Z-BOY, aren’t you??? Yes silly…. come on in

As Z-Boy opens the door to his makeshift place and the light finally shines brightly enough for Lek to see exactly what Z-Boy looks like she is puzzled at first and then upset that her Prince Charming has turned into a toad… an old ugly toad at that!

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wh... what?!

Aren’t you a little old for me?

Z-Boy slams the door shut

OLD? age is just a number and I like yours so Come on – let’s play!

I….don’t want to play…I want to go home now!!! this wasn’t a good idea to come here!

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Sure it was ….. have a drink… it’s time to party baby!!!

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CHOOSE THE END…-SEND AND WIN UP TO 100,000 BAHT IN CASH AND PRIZES! S

o, what will happen to Lek…..will she survive this dreadful encounter with Z-Boy? Will she somehow be saved at the last moment? Should she be saved? If she is saved, what lessons will she or should she and everyone learn from her experience?

Ok readers, this is your chance to participate in the world’s most dynamic and innovative interactive safety comic-book ever created and win lots of cash and prizes! Our exciting contest allows you, the reader, to determine the final outcome of each story and how each story starts and continues…..OR TRAGICALLY ENDS! We have developed each of our stories with a cliffhanger ending with many possible endings or outcomes all based upon “Real-Life” lessons learned, which will allow the main characters of each story to either learn and grow from their experiences and continue on to the next chapter of their lives (which we will soon start as a daily updated series of online web-comics, mobile phone comics, IPOD downloads, newspaper comic-strips and e-books or live school plays) or, if you decide that they haven’t learned their lessons or that a harder lesson needs to hit home, then the ending to the stories can end tragically for our main characters! Their fate is in your hands! To participate in our “CHOOSE THE END…SEND AND WIN” contest is as easy as 1-2-3: 1. Read each story and think about how it should end, based upon the lessons learned or if you feel has not been learned from each storyline and also how it does, can or should apply to “Real-World” and “Real-Life” situations and experiences. 2. In 500 words or less create an ending to either each storyline in our comic, or if you choose just one storyline or create as many storyline endings as you want. 3. Once you have completed your storyline ending or endings simply: • email it or them to us at: leapsafely@leapingsmart.com • Fax to 66-2-538-6417 • Regular post to: Leap Safely Contest 5 5/164 Pradist Manudhum Road, Wangthonglang. BKK. Thailand 10310 • You must clearly include your full name, address and telephone number with all entries and all participants under the age of 18 years of age must have the written permission of a parent or guardian in order to participate and win. • All entry information shall be held in strict confidence, remain confidential and shall not be disclosed or shared with any 3rd party. • If your entry is selected as the ending to one of our stories you wil automatically win 10,000 baht in cash, a new IPOD and other valuable prizes, and you will automatically become one of the seven (7) finalists eligible to win our top prize of 100,000 baht! Please Note: You can submit separate entries for each of the seven (7) stories in this publication and are eligible to win multiple prizes! PLEASE NOTE: Contest entries must be submitted by January 15th, 2009. 24

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Instant messaging For today’s Net generation, instant messaging (IM) has replaced the telephone as the most popular way of communicating with friends. Kids rush home from school, log on and continue schoolyard conversations, often staying online for hours. Instant messaging is a great cost-free tool for kids to communicate with friends, keeping in touch with people in faraway places and for coordinating school projects. Many parents confuse instant messaging with chat rooms when their kids say they are ‘chatting’ online. While both technologies involve talking in ‘real time,’ there are important differences that have safety implications. A chat room is a place on the Internet where you can talk to anyone anywhere in the world. Imagine opening up an international phone book, picking out random strangers and calling them. Instant messaging is a safer environment because it permits users to select the people they want to talk with. Users create contact lists of friends to chat

with and can block people they don’t know or don’t want to communicate with. While kids have some control over who they talk to, it’s still possible to talk with strangers using IM, so do not relax your guard by thinking that Instant messaging is completely safe, because it isn’t! The prestige associated with a large instant messaging contact list means some kids have over 100 IM ‘friends,’ many of whom they’ve never met. Kids feel freer to say things online that they would never say face-to-face, so instant messaging can be used to spread rumors and gossip. For many kids, this means that home is no longer a refuge from the peer pressures of school. Most IM programs encourage users to fill out a ‘personal profile’ which includes detailed personal information. Once completed, this profile is available to anyone on the Internet who wants to pull it up and read it. Kids should be taught to never fill out these kinds of profiles online, give out personal information and most of all it’s best to NEVER AGREE to meet strangers offline that they have made online.

Tip: Education, Communication and Common Sense are three excellent ways to ensure that your child is chatting safely.

Look for these Icons website chat areas or your instant messaging chat interface to report online abuse, inappropriate conduct, if you feel threatened or if you just have an online or offline safety related question.

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Why they picked their story area and what it means to them? 1. Why did you pick this subject for your storyline in the comic book? 2. How did you like the event on August 10th ? 3. How do you like the comic book? 4. What lessons did you learn about online and offline safety from the comic-book workshop and from the comic book? 5. What lessons do you think other students can learn about from both your story line and from the comic Book? 6. What messages do you have for other students both here in Thailand and around the world about online and offline safety? 1. I wanted to do this story because many times my friends tell me about people that they chat with online, say many good things but sometimes what they say is not true. Sometimes people say things not very nice to. I have also chatted with people that I meet online that I thought were my friends and later found out they were not nice people. I have never met anyone for real offline that I met online but my friends have and now after learning more about online safety at the workshop at our school I know that it is very dangerous and I think many kids need to know about this to.

ARTIST COMMENTS

Akino Yamaguchi

I am an avid surfer online and I am a member of many social networks and I know first hand that people tell many lies for many different reasons. Many people are completely harmless and just want to appear more than they are but there are many bad people online that are trying to trick kids into meeting them offline so they can do bad things to them! This story should really be taken seriously because the lessons are quite real and an ounce pf prevention can save a lot of heartache and grief! 26

2. The event was very fun and I learned a lot about online and offline safety. The superstars were also fun to see and I hope we can do it again very soon. I think this workshop was very important because there are many bad people online that want to hurt kids. I have learned many things that I never know before. 3. I liked the comic book very much, the art is great and the stories tell me about many things that I need to know to stay safe. Sometimes I cannot tell about people if they are good or bad that I meet offline when I can see their face so I think I have to be more careful about people that I meet online because most time I cannot see them. 4. I learned many things about online and offline safety. Before the event I only thought that I had to worry about online dangers online but now I know that if I am not careful that I can have big problems offline also. I learned that I should never meet my online friends offline unless I get permission from my parents and always follow many safety rules that I learned from my teachers at school. 5. I wish the world was more better so kids would not have to worry about bad people, but I know that it isn’t so it is very important that all kids be careful and not trust every one that they meet online or offline because sometimes people not tell the truth about many things. 6. I would like to tell many kids in Thailand and also around the world that the Internet is great and we can all have lots of fun but there are many dangers so we should always listen to our parents and teachers and experts like the people that came to our safety school workshop. I think if all kids read this comic book they can stay safe and not have problems.

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my was a very attractive, curious and confident young lady who always felt that she could handle any and all situations that she encountered in her young life with a pretty smile… a wink or a few captivating words… That is until the day she was faced with a situation that she was ill prepared to handle and all the smiles, winks and words in the world couldn’t help her to escape because she didn’t “Look… Listen and Learn”. Only time would tell if she would be lucky enough to live!

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On a sunny day at Suvarnabhumi Airport’s international arrivals terminal, a smartly dressed businessman was about to start a chain of events that would result in a ton of trouble… lots of lessons, and serious warnings! This story may or may not be based upon real events…but it’s warnings, and the lessons are certainly real and serious!

Good morning sir, passport and reason for visiting Thailand?

Just visiting as a tourist for a few weeks

Here you go sir, everything seems to be in order… have a nice stay in Thailand Mr. James

Hey Gus, I’m here! I hope you have everything lined up, I’m ready to get things going!

Meanwhile at Pasanusornbangkae Commercial School, students are beginning the 2nd day of their L.E.A.P. Safely online/offline safety course.

Listen carefully class, the safety information you’re about to learn could save your life one day!

Unfortunately, not all students waited around long enough to hear these DANGER LURKS AND LAYS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY words!

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4 unsuspecting students, who skipped the class, are about to find out just how important online/ offline safety courses really are!

I’m glad we skipped the safety course…

What can some dumb seminar teach us about online/offline safety that we don’t already know anyways!

I can’t wait to see Zach.

Have you ever even seen Zach… what if he’s a perv or just some lying weirdo??

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So where are you going… maybe we can keep you company?

Whoooo…. maybe he’s the bogeyman… I’ve got to leave guys, I have an errand to run.

Don’t make a face like that… She’s a big girl now, she’ll be Okay!!

Sometimes it’s good that we spend time apart anyways, I see you guys so much as it is.

The light changes to yellow and Amy hurries across the street ahead of her friends.

Thanks, but I’m Okay, I just have a few personal things to do.

Ok, see you guys later, and stay out of trouble.

Some things are never OK, didn’t you learn anything yesterday in safety class??? We should have just stayed in class today!!

Hey! Amy, wait up!

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Why don’t we just spy on her? I know where PlaNet is and I’m curious what that guy looks like anyways!

Dominick feels that something just isn’t right….

Maybe he has a cute friend with him for me… good idea guys!

Meanwhile at PlaNet Internet café.

Wow! Are you Amy?? I’m Zach’s father, Zach’s running a little late, he had to finish his homework before coming.

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Yes, I am sir.


Why don’t you just sit here and relax, I’ve already brought you a cold drink.

Nice to meet you sir, no problem, I can wait.

Hey, there’s Amy, but where’s Zach? And who’s that old bald guy? Is he Zach?

Meanwhile, outside

Amy picked up the glass that was placed in front of her…

Thank you for being so patient. Zach told us so much about you. Are you just coming from school?

I just sneaked out from a boring activity at school about online and offline safety. I already know all that stuff anyway!

Naww, can’t be… can it???

I don’t think so, maybe he’s Zach’s dad??

I don’t know. I’m….

Well, I’m sure he’ll be here any minute now.

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Amy! Amy! Are you okay?

Hey! What’s happening to her?!?

Honey! Can you come right now? Amy seems to be very ill…. Hurry!!

Amy, come with me, I’ll take you to the doctor.

Mr. James quickly takes Amy out the back exit to the alleyway…

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Hey! What should we do?

Meanwhile, Mr. James’ vehicle quickly speeds up the back alley to the Internet shop. DANGER LURKS AND LAYS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY

Hey…What’s he doing… where’s he taking Amy?!?

Let’s just think… Don’t panic! Ok… I’m trying to remember what we learned in the L.E.A.P safety seminar yesterday!!!

Hurry up you idiot! I told you to keep the engine running and stay by the door!


Hey, there they go in that van!!! STOP… STOP!!!

I think I can make out part of their license plate number…

I’ll go and get the bag she left inside, maybe Amy has Zach’s contact info inside!

it’s ภษ xxxx something… that’s all I could read!

You guys call 911 and try to find the police or someone that can help us… HURRY!!

Hey there’s a Policeman….

Stop! Stop!

You go and call 911… I’ll go and look for Help us please! a Police DANGER LURKS AND LAYS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY Officer!

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Officer, our friend has been kidnapped by some very bad men!!

It just happened a few minutes ago. We got the partial license plate number of their van!!

I got her school bag…

PLEASE HELP US OFFICER!!

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I will help you, but you have to stay calm and tell me everything that happened!! Try to stick to the details….


The kids quickly tell the Officer everything that happened!

And then they threw her into a van and drove off! The van’s license plate is ภษ xx something… that’s all I could read!

I need one of you, call CRN and get the message out, while I issue a city-wide police alert to locate the van.

OK, we have a CRN station at our school. I’ll call them now!!

The only way to find that van in time is to send out an urgent message over the Community Radio Network!

Yes, it was a green van with a partial license plate of ภษ xx something….

The Community Radio Network is a city-wide network of schools, businesses, groups, and organizations interconnected through an online radio network.

It was two men, we OK, that’s enough think! One was an old information to get out bald Farang guy, but we the alert, you kids did didn’t really get a good well! Hold the line. look at the driver!

It’s getting dark as the van pulls up to a house at the end of an alley several kilometers away. The bad guys carry Amy into the house.

Don’t worry boss, I was moving so fast, no one could keep up with us!

Are you sure that you weren’t followed? If we get caught here in Thailand we’re DANGER LURKS AND LAYS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY finished!

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Wake up little girl! I want to see your pretty little face while we have some fun together!

I’ll be right back... you had better be up and ready!

How can I get out of here… why didn’t I stay in school today?

Come on little lady… it’s time to have some fun! You sneaked out of that boring safety seminar to see me! If you had stayed in class, this might not be happening!

go to www. leap smart and win .com

Leave me alone….. please don’t hurt me!!! I want to go home!!!

Hey, good girl… you’re finally awake.

Freeze right there!!! Now step away from the girl!!! Go to www. leapsmartand win.com for a chance to win 500,000 Baht!

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So what are you waiting for, I’m sure you’ve learned something by now so go to www. leapsmartandgetpaid.com and register to win 500,000 baht!

She wanted it! She even skipped school to meet me today! I’m innocent! I didn’t do any thing to her that she didn’t ask for!

You were very lucky young lady, can you tell us what happened?

Is that the guy who abducted you?

Yes, that’s the man who drugged me and brought me to this house! Then he tried to rape me! Thanks for rescuing me! How could you know that I was in danger??? And how did you find me so quickly???

The real thanks goes to your 3 friends and the Community Radio Network at your school, they’re the real heroes!

Oh, Amy!

Mommy!!!! I am so sorry I was a bad girl and didn’t listen to you or my teachers!

I will never do it again!!! I have really learned my lesson this time!!

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Hey Detective, there’s some real bad stuff here on this computer...but many of the files have been encrypted and I can’t access them!

Did you guys really think you were going to just come to Thailand and harm our kids? We know how to deal with your kind of scum!!

Don’t worry, my top computer experts will be here shortly. I’m quite confident that they’ll be able to access whatever’s on that hard drive!

“Just then, there’s a knock at the door”

I’m in... and I can’t believe what we’ve found names, addresses, times, dates, places, pictures, videos... everything we’ll need to bring the entire network down!!

We’ll see about that! Something tells me that everything we need is right here on your computer! Let’s see if I’m right!

Hey Detective Siraporn, I hear we have a really bad situation here...where’s the computer with the encrypted files on it?

We need to get in contact with Interpol immediately! They can round up the rest of this pedophile network before word gets out that we’re on to them!

It’s over there on the table. We need to get access to the files fast, because I think this is just the tip of a very large iceberg!

Here’s a flash drive containing all the information we’ve found on their hard-drive Detective...we need to get this to Interpol ASAP!

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Whatever dude... You may have caught us, but our network is too big and strong to be stopped!!

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Working together with Interpol, the Thai Police smashed a major international pedophile ring!

Well class, we have a very lucky young lady here who would like to say something to you all… Amy!

The next day, back at the Pasanusornbangkae Commercial School

Thank you Mr. Chanarong, I didn’t take the L.E.A.P. Safety course seriously, and it almost cost me my life yesterday… Don’t make the same mistake I did!

Thank you Amy, I’m sure that after hearing what you just went through, every student, not just at our school, but throughout Thailand, will take online/offline safety much more seriously. Because the next person may not be as lucky as you...

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One in four children go offline to meet online ‘friends!’ Children sneaking out to visit online “friends” Children are becoming bolder and putting themselves in danger by secretly meeting people they have met online, a Government report has found.

a lot more”. She added that online activities such as using podcasting tools and posting user generated content online weren’t as popular two years ago.

Children today are three times more likely to meet up with a stranger than they would have been just two or three years ago, according to the findings of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) in its strategic overview of 2006 to 2007.

However, she also said that these sites and tools were “not solely or necessarily” to blame for the increase in unsafe behavior:

In its research, based on a sample of 6,000 children aged between 11 and 16, the organization found that a quarter had met someone face-to-face after first contacting them online. This figure is three times higher than that found in a similar study carried out by the organization two years ago. Of those children who met up with a stranger, over a quarter did not take anyone with them. Of the three quarters who did along take someone with them, four fifths took another child friend, which the organization said “put them both in danger”. Only six per cent took a parent, and two per cent took a trusted adult.

“Pedophiles go anywhere children go and are constantly using new technologies to interact with and groom children. They may meet these children on a social networking site but could then take them into private chat rooms where they can continue to groom them without the screening they would find on a site.” John Carr, secretary of the Children’s Charities Coalition for Internet Safety, described the results as “astonishing and alarming”, but agreed that social networking sites were not to blame. “If you ask the police they will say that their main concern is still instant messaging as a child is on their own and can be more easily groomed,” he told Computeractive.

The CEOP told Computeractive that the growth in children meeting with people offline had “probably come from the explosion in social networking sites over the past few years” and the fact that children spent a lot more time online.

His views were backed up by the CEOP’s 2006 reporting figures, which showed that it received more than 1,400 reports from children saying that they had been groomed online. Of these, two out of three said that it happened in chatrooms or when using instant messaging.

A representative for the organization said: “There is far more user generated content around now than there was two or three years ago and children are utilizing Web 2.0

Since then the organization has worked with companies such as Microsoft, which makes the popular Windows Live! Messenger software, to put in place a symbol that can

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be clicked if a child feels uncomfortable. This takes them straight to the CEOP reporting site where they can cut and paste the conversation for CEOP trained staff to investigate and, if necessary, trace the person in question. The organization has now said that it wants this tool to be more visible on every site and is calling on the internet industry to help them make reporting easier. It feels that this will not only help to children keep safe, but also act as “deterrent” against pedophiles. “We need to educate children on the availability of this logo and need these sites to help us do it. If it becomes widespread and is visible to pedophiles then they might think twice about entering these sites to groom children” said the CEOP representative.

Children are also advised by the organization to refrain from putting too much personal information online. Parents concerned about their children’s online behavior are also advised by the CEOP to visit its education website, which offers a range of hints and tips to keep children safe online. This includes sitting down with the child to discuss the dangers of meeting people online and finding out who they are talking to. Source: Andrea-Marie Vassou, Computeractive 31 Aug 2007

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO STAY SAFER ONLINE AND OFFLINE GO TO

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Why they picked their story area and what it means to them?

1. Why did you pick this subject for your storyline in the comic book? 2. How did you like the event on August 10th ? 3. How do you like the comic book? 4. What lessons did you learn about online and offline safety from the comic-book workshop and from the comic book? 5. What lessons do you think other students can learn about from both your story line and from the comic Book? 6. What messages do you have for other students both here in Thailand and around the world about online and offline safety? 1. To indicate problems found on the internet that can cause family’s a lot of heartache if something happens to their children. 2. It was fun and quite enjoyable.

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3. The one who created the drawing showed his or her own concept and provided some unique patterns of lines. 4. Steps of doing the comics were shown. And proper creations of comics were actually made. 5. Concepts of the drawers were realized, including patterns and proportions of lines.

Apichart Supsuwan

6. To cautiously follow every loophole in the Internet, including all ads, so that any dangers could be pre- protected.

I feel pround to be a part of making this useful comic which could make a different to our society. This comic talks about internet which has become one of the most important issues in our lives. However, we all can serve the net wisely and safely, if we know how to protect ourselves. DANGER LURKS AND LAYS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY

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Understanding your kids’ online lingo is like learning a different language Most words and phrases are abbreviated, made into acronyms, or letters substituted with numbers and symbols “L337.” Thanks to our online safety partners from ZooBuh.com, here’s a quick decoder you can use to translate these words to plain English language. </3 <3 /wrists 420 4U 53x 8< 911 ?

No Love Love slash wrists Marijuana 4 Life For You Sex Cut (resembles scissors) Do not say a word huh? what?

AA

A/S/L AFK AKA AOhelL ASAP ASL ASLP

BB

B& B/C B4N BAC BAF BAK BBIAB BBL BBS BBT BC BD BF BFF BFN BG BIF BION BK BKA BM boi brb BS BTDT BTW

CC

C&G CAD CRAFT CTS CU2 CWOT CYA CYO

Age / Sex / Location Away From Keyboard Also Known As Dislike for AOL (America Online) As Soon as Possible Age / Sex / Location Age / Sex / Location / Picture Banned Because Back for Now Back at Computer Bring a Friend Back at Keyboard Be Back in a Bit Be Back Later Be Back Soon, Bulletin Board System Be Back Tomorrow Be Cool Big Deal Boyfriend Best Friends Forever Bye for Now Big Grin Butt in Front Believe it or Not I’m Back Better Known As Bite Me Boy Be Right Back Bullsh*t Been There Done That By the Way Chuckle and Grin Ctrl Alt Del Can’t Remember a F**king Changing the Subject See You Too Complete Waste of Time See ya See You Online

EOF EOL EOM EOS ES EYC

End of File End of Lecture End of Message End of Story Enough Said Exciting, Yet Calming

F F

F F/F F2F FAQ FAWC FBOW FBTW FGT FLAME FOAD FOB FOC FOS FPS FTF FTL FTTT FTW FU FUBAR FUCT FYEO FYI

GG

G/B G2B G2G GAC GAFM GF GG GJ GL GLHF GN GP GRL GRT GRTG GTFO GTG GTGPP GTK GTOTB GTTU

HH

Female Face to Face Face to Face Frequently Asked Questions For Anyone Who Cares For Better of Worse Fine, be that way Fagg*t Insulting F**k off and die F**k off B*tch Free of Charge Freedom of Speech First Person Shooter (game) Face to Face For the Loss From time to time For the Win F**k You F**ked Up Beyond Recognition F**cked For Your Eyes Only For Your Information Get Bent Go to Bed Gotta go Get a clue Get Away From Me Girlfriend Good going Good Job Good Luck Good Luck, Have Fun Good Night Gotta Pee Girl Great Getting Ready to Go Get the F**K Out Gotta go Gotta go Pee Pee Good to know Gotta go to bed Good Talking To You

H&K Hugs and Kisses H/O Hang on h8 Hate hawt Lame way to say Hot D/C Disconnected HB Hurry Back DBA Doing Business As HF Have Fun DGA Digital Guardian Angel HH Holding Hands DGARA Don’t Give a Rats Ass HHJK Haha, just kidding DLTBBB Don’t Let the Bed Bugs HHOJ Haha, only joking Bite HIH Hope it Helps Do Not Disturb DND Homework HMWK DQM Don’t Quote Me HOAS Hold on a Sec DYK Did You Know HOS Hold on a Sec EE HSIK How Should I Know E Ecstasy (drug) HSWM Have Sex with Me EAK Eating at Keyboard HTH Hope this Helps Evil Grin EG Homework HW EMA Email Address I I EMO emotional, suicidal IAC In Any Case EOD End of Discussion In Any Event DANGER LURKS AND LAYSIAE WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY 46

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K

L

IAG IBN IC ICQ ID10T IDC IDGI IDI IDK IGP IHTP IHU II IIR ILYFAE IM IME IMHO IMO IMP IMPOV IOW IRC IRL IS ITRW IVL IYKWIM

It’s All Good / I am Gay I’m Buck Naked I See I Seek You (ICQ Instant Messenger) Idiot I don’t care I don’t get it I doubt it I don’t know I gotta pee I hate this place I Hate You I am Impressed If I Recall I love you forever and ever Instant Messenger In My Experience In My Humble Opinion In My Opinion I Might be Pregnant In My Point of View In other words Internet Relay Chat In Real Life I’m Sorry In the Real World In Virtual Life If you know what I mean

JAM JAS JC JIC JK JP JTLYK JUSSEC JW

Just a minute Just a Second Just Chillin Just in case Just Kidding Just playin’ Just to let you know Just a sec Just wondering

K KB KIT KMA KMB KOTC KPC KWIM

okay / kiss Kiss Back Keep in touch Kiss my ass Kiss my butt Kiss on the cheek Keeping Parents Clueless Know what I mean

L2P L2R L337 L4M3RZ l8 L84SKOOL L8A l8r LAFF LAK LAM LATES LBR LEET LEMME LESBO LMAO LMFAO LOL LTNS LUV

Learn to play Learn to read Elite Lamers Late Late for School Later Later Laugh Love and Kisses Leave a Message Later Little boys room Elite Let me Lesbian Laugh My Ass Off Laugh My F***ing Ass Off Laugh out Loud Long Time, No See Love

MM

M M8

Male Mate


MB mic MILF MMORPG MORPG MSG MSN MWBRL MYOB

Maybe Microphone Mom I’d like to F*** Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games Message Microsoft Instant Messenger More will be revealed later Mind your own business

NN

N N/C N2M NE1 NE1469 NE14NRG newbie NFC NFI NL NM noob NP NRG NS NT NVM

OO

O OIC OK OL OLL OM OMG OMH OOC OPP OT OTP

PP

P2P P911 PAW PC PEBCAK PG Pic PLZ PM POOF PORNADO POS POTB POTS

In Not Cool Not too much Anyone Anyone for Sex? Anyone for an Orgy? newbie (new person, beginner) No Freakin Clue No Freakin Idea Not Likely Nothin Much / Never mind newbie (new person, beginner) No Problem Energy Nice Shot / No Sh*t Nice Try Nevermind Oh Oh, I see Okay Old Lady (wife or girlfriend) Online Love Old Man (husband or boyfriend) Oh my God, Gosh Oh my hell Out of Character Other People’s Privates Off Topic On the phone Peer to Peer / Person to Person Parent Emergency Parents are Watching Politically Correct, Personal Computer Problem exists between chair and keyboard Pregnant Girl Picture Please Private Message I’ve left chatting Lots of Porn Piece of Sh*t, Parent Over Shoulder Pats on the back Parents over the Shoulder

PP PPL PRON PSA PTP PV PVT

QQ

Q4U QSL QSO QT

RR

RL ROFL ROFLMAO ROTFL RPG RTF RTFM RTM RUUP4IT

SS

S/U S2R SAMAGAL SH SNAFU SO SOMY SPAM STBU STFU STW SUGARPIC SUP SWB SWIM SYS SysOp

Parents Present, Paypal, Private Part(s) People Pornography Public show of affection Peer to Peer / Person to Person Private (conversation) Private (conversation) Question for you Reply Conversation Cutie Real Life Roll on Floor Laughing Rolling on floor laughing my ass off Rolling on the floor laughing Role Playing Game Read the Manual Read the Freakin Manual Read the Manual Are you up for it? Shut up Send to Recieve Stop annoying me and get a life So Hot Situation Normal, All F**ked Up Significant Other Sick of me yet? Unsolicited Junk Email Sucks to be you Shut the F**k Up Search the web Suggestive or erotic picture of self What’s up? Sorry wrong box, window See What I Mean See you soon System Operator

TT

TA TAW TC TCO TGIF THTH THX TIA TJM TMA TMI TMS TNX TOH TOY TPTB TSDMC

Thanks again Teachers are Watching Take Care Taken care of Thank goodness it’s friday Too Hot To Handle Thanks Thanks in advance That’s Just Me Take my advice Too Much Information Too Much Showing Thanks To other half Thinking of You The powers that be Tears streaming down my cheeks

TT2T TTFN TTT TTUL TTYL TTYT TWMA TY TYVM

Too tired to talk Ta ta for now Thought that too Talk to you later Talk to you later Talk to you tomorrow Till we meet again Thank You Thank you very much

UU

U2 UAPITA UIZAH UR URAQT UW

You too You’re a pain in the ass You is a hoe Your, You’re You’re a cutie You’re welcome

VV

VBG VBS

WW

W/E W8 W8AM WAF WAY WB WC WE WFM WP WTB WTF WTG WTGP WTMI WU WUD WYCM WYMM WYRN WYSIWYG WYWT

Very big grin Very big Smile Whatever Wait Wait a minute Where are you from? Who are you, What about you? Welcome Back Webcam Whatever Works for me Wrong Person What the Beans? / What the Blood? What the F**k? Way to go Want to go private? Way too much information What’s up? What’s up dawg? Will you call me? Will you marry me? What’s your Real Name? What you see is what you get What’s up with that?

XX

XXX

YY

Y YATB YBS YG YKYWTKM YL YMMD YOYO YW YWTHM YWTKM YWTLM

Pornography Why? You are the best You’ll be sorry Young gentleman You know you want to kiss me Young lady You made my day You’re on your own You’re welcome You want to hug me You want to kiss me You want to love me

ZZ

ZZZ

Tired, sleeping, boring, bored

“Khun Pantip here again and it’s time to continue my exciting and informative interview with Khun Chanarong”

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Ploy is a young, beautiful girl who liked to trick men that she meets online by sending them sexy pictures and chatting seductively with them with promises of offline meetings and romance, getting them to buy her presents and other expensive gifts; with no intention of ever honoring any of her empty promises. After several months of this cold, heartless and potentially dangerous game, Ploy has gathered many boyfriends. Each of her boyfriend’s thinks that they are the only guy in Ploy’s life, little do they know that as soon as she gets what she wants they all suffer the same fate; they all get dumped without warning and; then it’s on to her next target! Ploy’s present boyfriend feels that he truly loves her, but to her he’s just another target....at least that’s the way it started out! Ploy agrees to meet him offline, and just as their romance was starting to take off they bumped into one of Ploy’s ex-boyfriends who she had cruelly dumped; and he was none too happy to find her with another guy! After a brief confrontation, Ploy’s new boyfriend got injured and was sent to the hospital. When he found out the truth, he felt hurt and used and wanted nothing more to do with her. Had Ploy learned her lesson or was it on to another target……. read on and then decide in “Caught in A Web of Lies… Deceit and Danger”! 52

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3,899 page views this week

Wow, that’s exciting….

But that’s only another 700 guys that have viewed my profile since yesterday..

May be I need to upload a prettier picture and add more personal information to my profile.

Hey Beautiful, don’t forget our date tonight... see ya soon!

Oops, I almost forgot that I have a date with another handsome guy that I met online last week.. Better get going !!

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Ploy, where are you going again…. that’s all you do is go go go now that I got you that new computer and the internet! I thought it would keep you home more, but I can see that I was wrong!

It’s done Mom, besides, I’m just gonna be out for few hours to hang out with friends at the mall. I’ll be back soon, don’t worry K.

Have you finished your homework yet?

BTS station

It’s all good,, my classmates know his brother and Yai told me that he’s soo handsome, doesn’t have a girlfriend, and he’s very rich…. He’s perfect!

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Hey, I think I see him and he’s cuter than his picture!! Gotta go.. I’ll call you later with details. Bye!!

Nice to meet you!

Hey Tah, what do you say we go to a movie?

Cool with me, but let’s go somewhere else.

Wow.. you really drive that?!

Sorta.. I gotta share it with my younger brother though.

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I wonder how far she’ll let me go tonight?

Oh well, he’s such a gentleman, maybe I’ll let him go to 1st base tonight.

Okay, maybe 2nd base… but that’s it.

YESSS…. She didn’t pull back or stop me so that means that she really likes me!

That movie was great! Let’s go get something to eat.

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Sounds good to me and I know the perfect place.


Can you give me a hint about it? I love surprises!!

Sure, but first you have to figure out some clues like a treasure hunt.. and then you can win lots of money and great prizes!

Sounds exciting, where do I start my search?

First you have to send an SMS to this number or if you do not have a mobile phone just call : 084838660 for further instructions. First, send an SMS or call this number 084838660 and get started.. good luck! Now letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go eat.

So what do I do after I send an SMS or call this number?

If you send as SMS you will get back an SMS immediately telling you what to do next. If you call the number it will tell you what to do.

This sounds sooooo exciting Tah, I know that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll figure it out and win lots of cash and prizes!

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I thought the guy could’ve been nicer to the girl at the end! He was very rude!!

Not everyone is as nice as you are Tah, you’re a gentleman for real and that was just a story.

So Ploy, will we hook up again soon?

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Goodbye Ploy, I’ll call you tomorrow.

Y..Y… You…!!

$$$$$$$

Sure we will, I’d like that very much!

No way! You guys have been together for like 3 weeks and he’s already bought you that Gucci bag that you’ve always wanted?

Yep, things are just getting better and better for me. All I can say is that I think I’m in love with Tah and Chai is history!

The romance continues but.....

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Chai!!

Hey, wassup…LEAVE HER ALONE MAN!

Are you gonna tell me that this whimp is your new boyfriend or maybe he’s your new girlfriend!

I wish I had never met you Chai… I hate you so much!

Say whatever, you’re mine and no little punk is gonna take you from me!!

Tah!!

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Hey! What are you guys doing there?!!

This isn’t over yet Ploy!!

Get back here! You little bullies!!

Oh Tah… No!

Hey Tah, how are you feeling today, better I hope? I’m so sorry that this happened to you!! Whatever, you know, this is why I normally don’t hook up with people that I meet on line because they always lie so much… but I really thought you were different Ploy!!

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Now I want you to leave!! I am different, I really care about you Tah... I think I’m in love with you.

All that sounds good Ploy, you almost got me killed and I don’t want to see you ever again!!

Please don’t say that Tah….. you don’t really mean it…. you’re just still upset about what happened!!

I’m so sorry Tah, I hope you can forgive me one day... I really love you.

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I will probably never find another guy like him, especially online.

Hey Ploy!!

Yes, Ploy has messed up… but what will she do now.... and with who??????

Your mom told me about what happened, are you ok? What about Tah….is he ok? I’m so glad you’re here, it’s all my fault….. I’ve messed everything up!!

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o, has Ploy really learned her lesson or is she just sorry that she got caught up in her own tangled web of deceit and lies? Could her actions have had even worse consequences for her and the others that got tangled in her web? Should Tah have forgiven Ploy for her lies and deceit or was it the right thing to let her go? Was what Ploy did just harmless victimless online fun or were and are her actions wrong?

Ok readers, this is your chance to participate in the world’s most dynamic and innovative interactive safety comic-book ever created and win lots of cash and prizes! Our exciting contest allows you, the reader, to determine the final outcome of each story and how each story starts and continues…..OR TRAGICALLY ENDS! We have developed each of our stories with a cliffhanger ending with many possible endings or outcomes all based upon “Real-Life” lessons learned, which will allow the main characters of each story to either learn and grow from their experiences and continue on to the next chapter of their lives (which we will soon start as a daily updated series of online web-comics, mobile phone comics, IPOD downloads, newspaper comic-strips and e-books or live school plays) or, if you decide that they haven’t learned their lessons or that a harder lesson needs to hit home, then the ending to the stories can end tragically for our main characters! Their fate is in your hands! To participate in our “CHOOSE THE END…SEND AND WIN” contest is as easy as 1-2-3: 1. Read each story and think about how it should end, based upon the lessons learned or if you feel has not been learned from each storyline and also how it does, can or should apply to “Real-World” and “Real-Life” situations and experiences. 2. In 500 words or less create an ending to either each storyline in our comic, or if you choose just one storyline or create as many storyline endings as you want. 3. Once you have completed your storyline ending or endings simply: • email it or them to us at: leapsafely@leapingsmart.com • Fax to 66-2-538-6417 • Regular post to: Leap Safely Contest 5 5/164 Pradist Manudhum Road, Wangthonglang. BKK. Thailand 10310 • You must clearly include your full name, address and telephone number with all entries and all participants under the age of 18 years of age must have the written permission of a parent or guardian in order to participate and win. • All entry information shall be held in strict confidence, remain confidential and shall not be disclosed or shared with any 3rd party. • If your entry is selected as the ending to one of our stories you wil automatically win 10,000 baht in cash, a new IPOD and other valuable prizes, and you will automatically become one of the seven (7) finalists eligible to win our top prize of 100,000 baht! Please Note: You can submit separate entries for each of the seven (7) stories in this publication and are eligible to win multiple prizes! PLEASE NOTE: Contest entries must be submitted by January 15th, 2009. 64

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CAUTION, COMMON SENSE AND COMMUNICATION HELPS TO UNTANGLE A WEB OF LIES, DECIENT AND DANGER… BUT IT’S UP TO YOU TO READ & HEED! Dating is fun and 21st century kids are hooking up with the opposite sex for friendship, romance, and physical experimentation in greater numbers and at a far younger age than ever before. New technology such as Internet Chat and phone text messaging makes contact between young people so much easier, more discreet, and in many ways so much more sensible than for earlier generations. Teenagers in a Technological Age. The multi media world makes it easy for young people to take adult emotional and physical risks that can put their health and even their lives in danger, and threatens their educational and financial futures. It may be a great adventure for the kids, but its a nightmare for responsible parents. Television, magazines and the Internet encourage children to grow up earlier. Television soaps and some movies create the illusion of a jet speed world in which relationships are as disposable and interchangeable as clothes. Traditional cautions have been blown away by television, a permissive society, the pill and the decline of religious observance. The Compromise Between Parents and Children. Parents and Teenagers need to meet on common ground to parlay and not to battle. It should be a place for mutual respect, the sharing of views and the freedom to think (by both sides). To the Parents: Teenage flirting and teenage dating is as inevitable as the sun rising tomorrow and no amount of rules, shouting or threats are going to change the way your teen feels. You should also recognize that your kids will know much more about love, sex and relationships than you believe, and in many cases are better equipped to deal with the situation than you were at their age.

Your respect and level headed advice will be much more valuable than aggression or denial. To the Kids: Yes, its a new world and it belongs to the young. But most parents do actually know what it is like to be in love, to date, to grapple with the complexities of sexual relationships and the heartbreak of faithless or false promises. Some parents have experienced horrors they would never want visited on their children. They are probably instinctively aware of the safety issues in relationships in the same way that in earlier years they saw the dangers of swimming pools, hot stoves and stairways. Remember that one day you will be parents and face the same issues with your own children. So give mum and dad a break and listen - even if you pretend not to. Dating for Fun The teenage years are a time for shared experiences, enjoyable group activities, and the joys of slowly growing up and learning the wonders of love and intimacy. So many mistakes can be made which can ruin lives including disease, violence, rape, introduction to drugs and alcohol, and pregnancy. Some of these things happen because of a moment’s weakness or not thinking ahead. Unfortunately, much of this may be traced to Internet and Text dating in future years so now is a good time for teenagers themselves to decide what they want and to regulate their own environments. Most teenagers are informed enough and smart enough to do that now, so take the time to be in control of your love life from an early age. Some big and legitimate Internet companies are successfully providing safe and largely wholesome sites for teens and these are the right place to develop online relationships. Music, video, blogs and shared thoughts

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and dreams may be far more satisfactory in the long run than fumbled and embarrassing experiments with adult sexual behaviour.

statistics show that one in five under 16s is now targeted online by older men with seriously dubious motives.

Dangers of Online Dating Online dating sites generally refuse membership to those under 16 and there are very few “teenage dating sites” for anybody who is honest enough to state their age as under sixteen. However, a savy teen may create a profile that manipulates the dates; and there are other teen community sites which openly allow explicit flirtation and contact between teenage members.

If you DO decide to meet an Internet contact, don’t meet ANYONE privately or in a situation where they might force you into a car or a secluded place. There is no reason why you should not arrange a joint meeting with another teenage friend as the first faceto-face encounter as generally you dont expect anything intimate on a first date. Remember, even another teen can be a risk. If you think you would be ashamed to admit to the meeting or be seen with your contact it’s probably a good reason not to go.

For parents and teens alike it’s important to understand the risks involved in teen dating online and not to underestimate the potential for problems. British police now monitor chat rooms in an effort to clamp down on underage offences and worse still on cases of abduction and assault. However, individual children are the best people to take control of their surfing risks.

Agree in advance that disclosure is what it’s all about and neither side should expect personal or private contact on the first, or even the second date. Teens need to understand that there is nothing wrong with wanting to meet and

Teens of all ages need to understand that an Internet profile may not be what it seems and that it is essential that all safety rules are followed when flirting with strangers. This goes for both boys and girls. The key advice for adults and teens alike when dating on the Internet is to check out the facts and feelings anonymously before making a decision to meet. Chat and exchange information such as music or schoolwork which will establish the age of your contact. This is to make quite certain you are not dealing with a sophisticated adult posing as a child. If you have any suspicions as a result of language or inaccurate experiences drop the person outright. There are plenty more friends to be made out there. It doesn’t matter how exciting an older person may seem, even if they are honest about their age. An older man, particularly, trying to meet a child is a risk and it should not be considered. If you feel pressured, suggest that he meets you at your home and chats with your parents as well and see if that changes his attitude. The rising popularity of adult sites for sexually active teens looking to ‘hook-up’ has alarmed parents and the police. Police 66

to date or to explore relationships on the Internet; but when it comes to dating online remember these buzz words in bold; caution (be informed and be careful), common sense (all that glitters isn’t gold and everything that you see, hear or read or are led to believe online isn’t always true, accurate or as it seems so stay smart and follow your gut if it doesn’t feel right or seems too good to be true it probably is) and communication (Parents keep open and healthy lines of communication with your children and children and teens don’t be afraid or ashamed to talk to your parents or a trusted adult if you are not sure about something that you have experienced or are experiencing online) and once again.... never, never, never agree to meet strangers offline (even if you feel they are your online friends) without clearing it with your parents or a trusted adult and never meet them alone, in a non-public place or without a trusted responsible adult present! Source: The Pink Fridge Online Magazine 2008 - Teen Dating

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Why they picked their story area and what it means to them? 1. Why did you pick this subject for your storyline in the comic book? 2. How did you like the event on August 10th ? 3. How do you like the comic book? 4. What lessons did you learn about online and offline safety from the comic-book workshop and from the comic book? 5. What lessons do you think other students can learn about from both your story line and from the comic Book? 6. What messages do you have for other students both here in Thailand and around the world about online and offline safety? 1. I wanted to do this topic because I have many friends that like to chat online with guys and play games with them but they don’t understand that it can cause big problems and it’s not nice to make guys think you like them if you really do not. 2. The event was very nice and I had lots of fun and learned many things about safety that I think can help me and my friends at school. I think Rut the Star was the best.

ARTIST COMMENTS

Supannarat Anuket

What I like about this comic is that this time, it is the female who plays the role of the predator. However, this storyline also tells us about the other side of those threatened on line, which is “anyone, regardless of sex, can become the victim of the danger online”. For all the girls out there who are still behaving like “Ploy”, I personally want to tell them to quit because the fact is you have less then 1% chance to meet a guy like Tah. If you don’t stop what you’re doing, you, yourself could become a victim.

3. At first I didn’t really understand what the workshop was about and why we were drawing pictures and creating stories but now that I see the comic book I am so happy that I did it because this is the best comic book that I have ever seen. 4. I learned many things about online and offline safety that I never knew before. Sometimes when my parents or my teachers try to tell me things before I didn’t really listen but now I will listen very carefully because I understand that there are many ways for me to have problems online if I am not careful. 5. I think many students can learn that it is not nice to play games with people and to do things to hurt their feelings. I think they can also learn that it is not safe to meet people offline that they meet online. 6. I think the best thing that I can tell every student in Thailand and also around the world is to always listen to your parents and teachers when they tell you about online and offline safety because they love you and only want you to stay safe and not have problems. I would also tell them to read this great comic book because it is lots of fun, teaches many good things that can help you and I helped to make it.

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This is the story of a young boy from a single parent family caused by the death of his father from cancer when he was a baby. The boy became so addicted to playing online games that he stopped eating properly, exercising, taking care of his personal hygiene and grooming, went to school just enough to get by and was failing in most of his classes, stopped hanging out with all of his friends, except one loyal friend that realized that he was in trouble; but didn’t know what to do or how to help him! The young boy’s Mother loved him dearly, but had to work two jobs just to make ends meet. Because she had to work so much, the boy’s Mother just wasn’t around enough to really look after him, so she brought him a shiny new computer, along with tons of the latest games and gadgets. She also got him hi-speed Internet access, thinking that it would keep him occupied, away from Internet shops and malls and out of trouble. Little did she know that even though her intentions were good, she was actually doing more harm than she could ever realize at the time! And this is how our story begins…….

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Gong!!!

Gong!!!

Hey!!! Gong!!! You really should take a break from playing games so much, you stay in front of that screen almost all day and night!

Naw, you go….. I’m having too much fun and besides, I’m almost at level 1,220!

Hey, I know what we can do…let’s go down to the park and play some football with the guys….. we haven’t done that in a long time and you play so well!

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I’m about to win this big Internet contest about online and offline safety anyways, so soon I may not have to worry about going to school or working and I can just stay home, take care of my Mom and play video games all day! Gong, you’ve been playing video games too long…now I’m really worried about you! I think you need a check up from the neck up!

You really think winning online contest is all that easy?? What if it’s some scam or something… what do you really know about this contest?? I already checked it out, all I have to do is to go to this website: www.leapsmartandwin.com and register, answer a few questions and then sit back and wait for my phone to ring or an email or SMS telling me that I’ve won!! comic for schools?is it the same one from the safety I’ve heard about this contest, I think Yep, same one and I just know I’m gonna win! Don’t worry, I’ll share my winnings with you Yai… after all, you’re my best friend!

maybe I’ll try to win to! www.leapsmartandwin.com and the website: you….when I go home I’ll check out being online is a good things for Maybe this one time

Sound good but……

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Hey, but I know what you can do since you are my best friend… why don’t you do my homework

Gong, you’re my best friend and I always want to see you’re happy but I’m worried about you! I hardly see you anymore except to drop off the homework assignments that I’m doing for you almost every day now,

You’re just jealous because your parents won’t let you play all the time and I don’t care if playing hurts my eye’s a little bit, no pain and no gain, and that means no fun!

so I don’t have to waste my time on that boring stuff! Please buddy, I just have to keep playing this game!

you’re losing weight, you’re always rubbing your eyes and squinting, you’re wearing the same clothes every day and boy do you stink!

Anyways… I’m still young so I’ll worry about it later when I get old like 25 or something…… I’ll be okay….

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Hey, are you going to do my homework or what?? You don’t want me to flunk out do you???

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Hey!! Pass me the ball!!!

HEY!!!

Gotcha!!

GOAL!!!!!!

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Hey Gong, what happened there? You passed to their team right near our goal! Are you blind or something?

Why did you come today anyway, you used to be a good player, but now no one wants you around! WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU!!!

Hey, why don’t you guys just leave him alone, he’s been really sick lately and I’m sure that he didn’t mean it. It’s just a game so what’s the big deal anyways! It’s not like it’s the World Cup or someone died or something!!

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GONG!!! Somebody please call the teacher!!! or anyone!!!

…GONG….. are you OK??? What’s wrong with you??? Please wake up!!!

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CHOOSE THE END…-SEND AND WIN UP TO 100,000 BAHT IN CASH AND PRIZES! So, are internet and online/offline video game addictions real and serious mental-physical and emotional health concerns or is this just all being blown out of proportion and not really all that serious? What really happens to Gong, will he recover fully and just go back to playing video games as if nothing has happened or will he fully recover and learn his lesson and change his ways? Will he recover at all? Can this really happen in real life? Are there any “Real Life” lessons to be learned from this story? Ok readers, this is your chance to participate in the world’s most dynamic and innovative interactive safety comic-book ever created and win lots of cash and prizes! Our exciting contest allows you, the reader, to determine the final outcome of each story and how each story starts and continues…..OR TRAGICALLY ENDS! We have developed each of our stories with a cliffhanger ending with many possible endings or outcomes all based upon “Real-Life” lessons learned, which will allow the main characters of each story to either learn and grow from their experiences and continue on to the next chapter of their lives (which we will soon start as a daily updated series of online web-comics, mobile phone comics, IPOD downloads, newspaper comic-strips and e-books or live school plays) or, if you decide that they haven’t learned their lessons or that a harder lesson needs to hit home, then the ending to the stories can end tragically for our main characters! Their fate is in your hands! To participate in our “CHOOSE THE END…SEND AND WIN” contest is as easy as 1-2-3: 1. Read each story and think about how it should end, based upon the lessons learned or if you feel has not been learned from each storyline and also how it does, can or should apply to “Real-World” and “Real-Life” situations and experiences. 2. In 500 words or less create an ending to either each storyline in our comic, or if you choose just one storyline or create as many storyline endings as you want. 3. Once you have completed your storyline ending or endings simply: • email it or them to us at: leapsafely@leapingsmart.com • Fax to 66-2-538-6417 • Regular post to: Leap Safely Contest 5 5/164 Pradist Manudhum Road, Wangthonglang. BKK. Thailand 10310 • You must clearly include your full name, address and telephone number with all entries and all participants under the age of 18 years of age must have the written permission of a parent or guardian in order to participate and win. • All entry information shall be held in strict confidence, remain confidential and shall not be disclosed or shared with any 3rd party. • If your entry is selected as the ending to one of our stories you wil automatically win 10,000 baht in cash, a new IPOD and other valuable prizes, and you will automatically become one of the seven (7) finalists eligible to win our top prize of 100,000 baht! Please Note: You can submit separate entries for each of the seven (7) stories in this publication and are eligible to win multiple prizes! PLEASE NOTE: Contest entries must be submitted by January 15th, 2009. 78

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Internet Addiction The amount of time kids spend online is a source of frustration for many parents. Initially, parents welcomed the Internet into their homes, believing they were opening up an exciting new world of educational opportunities for their children. However, many parents soon realized that, instead of using the Internet for homework or research, their kids were spending hours on instant messaging with friends, playing online games or talking to strangers in chat rooms. Maintaining a healthy balance between entertainment media and other activities in their children’s lives has always been a challenge for parents. The Internet has made this challenge even more difficult. The engaging nature of Internet communications and interactive games means that many children and teens have trouble keeping track of time when they’re online. Unfortunately, parents and teachers are usually unaware that there is a problem until it becomes serious. This is because it is easy to hide what you are doing online and because Internet addiction is not widely recognized by the medical community. (Mental health practitioners continue to debate whether this behavior is an “addiction”, with some preferring to identify it as “compulsive behavior.”

Children and young people can easily become ‘hooked’ on online activities such as multi-user games, instant messaging, pornography and chat rooms. The most vulnerable children, according to the Computer-Addiction Services at Harvard Medical School, are those who are “lonely and bored or from families where nobody is at home to relate to after school.” Children who are unpopular or shy with peers are often attracted to the opportunities for creating new identities in online communities. Boys, in particular, are frequent users of online role-playing games, where they assume new identities and interact with other players. Although playing these games with thousands of other users may appear to be a social activity, for the introverted child or teen, excessive playing can further isolate them from friends and peers.

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Carpal tunnel syndrome Dry eyes Migraine headaches Backaches Eating irregularities, such as skipping meals Neglecting personal hygiene Sleep disturbances and changes in sleep patterns

Tips for parents If your kids are spending too much time on the Internet, you need to establish a healthy balance between Internet use and other activities. • Look for symptoms of Internet dependency. Ask yourself if your child’s Internet use is affecting his or her school performance, health, and relationships with family and friends. • If your child is demonstrating strong signs of Internet addiction, consider seeking professional counseling. Compulsive Internet use may be symptomatic of other problems such as depression, anger and low self-esteem. • Examine your own online habits. Do you have trouble controlling your Internet use? Remember, you are your child’s most important role model. • Don’t ban the Internet - it is an important part of most kids’ social lives. Instead, estab lish rules about when and where your kids can go online and what they can do there - and stick to them. • Keep your computer in a public area of your house, not in the child’s bedroom. • Encourage and support your child’s participation in other activities - particularly physical pastimes with other children. • If your child is shy or socially awkward with peers, consider a social skills class. Encourage activities that will bring your child together with others who have similar interests, such as computer classes or hobby groups. • Investigate software that monitors and restricts Internet use. Although these tools are helpful, keep in mind they can be easily disabled by a savvy computer user. Your ultimate goal should be helping your kids to develop self-control, discipline and accountability with the Internet. • If your child seems interested only in playing online video games, try a tie-in to one of their favorite games. For example, if your child prefers fantasy role-playing, encourage him or her to read fantasy books. Source: Young Canadians In A Wired World Survey Focus Groups, Media Awareness Network

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Why they picked their story area and what it means to them?

1. Why did you pick this subject for your storyline in the comic book? 2. How did you like the event on August 10th ? 3. How do you like the comic book? 4. What lessons did you learn about online and offline safety from the comic-book workshop and from the comic book? 5. What lessons do you think other students can learn about from both your story line and from the comic Book? 6. What messages do you have for other students both here in Thailand and around the world about online and offline safety?

ARTIST COMMENTS

1. I picked my topic because I love playing games, but I know my playing limits! Online and Offline games have proliferated all over the country, so the good side and the hazardous side should have been known to the public. 2. That was fun. A lot of senior students created a lot of beautiful comics. I could do too but mine were not that great. 3. I like the animated pictures. Also it gave ideas about drawing techniques.

Akino Yamaguchi

I love playing video games and competing both online and offline with other players and I really never considered the possibility that they could be harmfulâ&#x20AC;Śuntil I started working on this storyline! I now realize that just as with most anything in life that too much of even a good thing can be bad! Parents should watch their kids for warning signs that they are becoming or have already become addicted to video games, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very serious problem and it should be taken serious!

4. Fun was the name of the game. But I would prefer more opportunity doing the drawings. Lessons given were simple with a bit of information, still I would prefer to do the drawings more fully! 5. Witnessing the drawings by a good number of senior friends was great to see. This gave me some lessons : 1. It gave me an intention that some day I will reach that plateau. 2. Info about comics was so abundant I could not remember. 3. It gave me aplenty about know-how in doing the drawings. 6. Online games give me a lot of enjoyable moments but should be played with common sense and not too much. Good side of online games: It is fun to have a lot of friends, but at the same time, your time-management must be appropriate and classes should not be skipped in finding time for that.

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IF YOU STILL THINK CHILD ABDUCTION ONLY HAPPENS TO OTHER PEOPLE.... THEN READ THIS TRUE STORY! A teen recounts the horror of sex slavery Many young victims of human traffickers are treated as criminals themselves By Mike Celizic TODAYShow.com contributor updated 11:52 a.m. ET Oct. 9, 2008 For someone who’s only 18, Shauna Newell is remarkably composed as she describes being kidnapped, drugged, gang-raped and savagely beaten. It is only when she talks about seeing one of the men who sexually assaulted her — free and unafraid of being prosecuted — that she starts to break down.

“It turns life upside down,” Klaas explained. “First of all, many of these kids are missing children. But what happens is when they’re trafficked, they’re turned into hookers; they’re turned into prostitutes. So we find this situation where we find these young victims, these young girls that all of a sudden are being treated and looked upon as criminals.”

“I went out to the beach a few weeks ago and I saw the dude who raped me, and he just looked at me,” Newell told NBC News, her voice choking. “Like, hey … you ruined my whole life. You have scarred me for the rest of my life and you’re just sitting there going on with your life like nothing is wrong.”

At least in that regard, Newell was fortunate when she was abducted two years ago. Thanks to her mother and Klaas’ organization, which organized a search for her, she was rescued after three days. She’s gone public to warn other girls about how easy it is to be kidnapped and trafficked.

Human traffic As shocking as Newell’s story is, it is not unique, TODAY’s Natalie Morales said Thursday in a special report entitled “Sex Slaves in the Suburbs.” Advocates for girls and young women who are forced into prostitution by people who approach them in various ways, including on the Internet, claim that thousands of American youths are victims of human traffickers.

Sinister sleepover A typical 16-year-old in a middle-class home in suburban Pensacola, Fla., Newell’s nightmare began innocently enough: A new friend she had met at high school asked her to come to her home for a sleepover.

Like Newell, many are treated by law enforcement authorities as runaways, said Marc Klaas, who founded the advocacy group KlaasKids after his own 12-year-old daughter was abducted, raped and killed. When they are forced into prostitution, the young people are the ones who are prosecuted, Klaas told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira Thursday in New York. 82

Newell’s mother, Lisa Brant, didn’t like the idea, but after weeks of lobbying by her daughter, Brant met with the girl and the man she said was her father to make sure her daughter would be safe. But the girl’s “father” was really a convicted felon, and the girl, who had a record of prostitution in Texas, was an accomplice in the abduction. “Her dad took us to this house and said he’d be right back and he left us there,” Newell recounted in a taped interview. “And I asked for some water because I was thirsty. And I drank the water and I blacked out.”

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The water had been laced with a drug. When she woke up, Newell was groggy and couldn’t move. “My legs were being held down, and the guy that was raping me was holding my hands back,” she said in a quiet voice. “I kept screaming, ‘Stop, please don’t do this. Leave me alone.’ But I was so weak, I couldn’t fight them off. Like I was, I was so really out of it. And I blacked out a few times and I kept coming back to. And I was still being raped every time I woke up.” Left alone for a moment, Newell managed to call her mother. “My cell phone rang. And all I heard was, ‘Mommy, help me,’ “Brant said. “And the phone went dead. And I freaked!” She called the police, but they told her that Newell had probably run away from home, and they wouldn’t be able to treat it as a missing-person case until 72 hours had elapsed. “He was like, ‘Oh, well, you know, there’s nothing I can do. You know teenagers“ Brant said. A stroke of luck With the local law enforcement unwilling to act, Brant and Newell’s siblings started their own search. They were fortunate in that Brad Dennis, an investigator for KlaasKids, was based in the area because the Florida Panhandle is the epicenter of human trafficking. By sheer luck, one search party stopped at a convenience store for something to drink, and Newell’s 14-year-old brother spotted his sister in the back seat of another car that had stopped at the same store. She was rescued, but her abductors managed to flee. After three days of being raped, beaten and drugged, Newell was dirty, bloody, bruised and barely alive. She was airlifted to a hospital and had to be resuscitated twice. In addition to her serious injuries, she had been infected with an STD. Newell said that her captor told her she had been sold on the Internet for $300,000 to a

man in Texas. Fortunately, she was rescued before the delivery could be made. During Newell’s ordeal in Florida, her captor took money from a number of men who raped her. When she screamed, he held a gun to her head and threatened to blow her brains out. Afraid for her life, Newell later moved in with her boyfriend and now has a child of her own. Her family continues to lobby for national legislation that will provide aid for Americans forced into the sex trade, similar to aid that is provided for girls and boys who are brought into the country and forced into prostitution. Vieira asked Lisa Brant what advice she has for other girls. “Listen to your parents. Just don’t stop believing. Be strong,” she said. “Follow what your parents say fully, fully. There are people out there who will help you. Speak up. Everybody needs to speak up. Girls that have gone through this, they’re scared.” An in-depth report by Morales on “Sex Slaves in the Suburbs” premieres at 10 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 12 on MSNBC. For more information about the KlaasKids Foundation, visit klaaskids.org. If you have been a victim of an experience like Shauna Newell’s, you can e-mail the makers of “Sex Slaves in the Suburbs” at info@ santokiproductions.com . © 2008 MSNBC Interactive URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27098993/ wid/11915829/

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Story line “Nook” is a beautiful high school girl with big dreams of becoming a magazine model superstar or a big Hollywood actress one day soon. She is always is looking for any opportunity that can help her to achieve her dreams, often without regard for the risks or dangers that these opportunities may hold! Nook doesn’t just think that she’s beautiful, she also believes that she’s destined to become a superstar, so when something happens that most people would think was luck (such as winning a million-dollars in the lottery or a shiny new sports car as the lucky caller into a radio station or being picked as the first place winner out of one-million other beautiful girls worldwide from a contest that she doesn’t even remember entering) Nook just felt that it was part of her destiny on her way to superstardom! In reality, she’s really just an innocent, naive, impressionable young beautiful teen-aged girl that maybe dreams a little too much. One day she got an email telling her that she had won a lucky draw grand prize of lots of cash and other valuable items, which of course she believed to be true…..even though she didn’t remember even entering the contest in the first place! When her best friend warned her to be careful and not to believe everything that she reads, receives or hears online or offline, she got mad at her friend and accused her of just being jealous of her luck and mad because she didn’t win. Although Nook had won the big lucky draw contest, the email that she received said that she would need to wait a few months to collect her winnings and needing lots of new clothes and accessories to wear while she was waiting, Nook begin searching for a part time job. One day she ran across a website that stated that they had one last career job opening for the right person who was interested in becoming a top model. Nook, of course felt that this opportunity must be just for her so she immediately applied, including her picture and lots of additional personal information and within a few hours received an email back telling her that she was one of the finalists and had to come to their offices for an interview. Nook dressed beautifully for her interview and made sure that she was on time for once. Little did Nook know but her entire life was about to dramatically change forever and this is where our story begins…….

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Haven’t you ever heard about the internet danger?

The Internet is great for many, many things… but it can also be a very dangerous place and used by criminals to do many bad things……

“Such as “to deceive young impressionable girls that want to be rich and famous so much that they take risks and over-look obvious danger signs like someone we know eh Nook!”

Nook, a young impressionable girl with big dreams and a trusting nature is the perfect prey to get caught up in a deadly trap by many criminals lurking, andWHERE waiting to CHILDREN spring PLAY DANGER LURKSbaiting AND LAYS OUR 86 their traps on their next unsuspecting targets!


Anything is possible Nook, but every online contest isn’t legitimate,

and good like the offline-offline safety contest that we heard about at school!

Yeah, well… I’ll probably even win that one too with my good luck!

To win the L.E.A.P. Safely contest takes more than luck Nook…you have to actually read this comic-book and know things about online and offline safety!

And by the way that you’ve been acting, I doubt that you know very much about this subject. So let’s wait until we go to school tomorrow and pick up our copy of “Danger Lurks and Lay Where Our Children Play”

What’s there to think about Nook, all you have to do is go to page 87 of this book and get the website address for the L.E.A.P. Safely contest.. unless you’re still thinking about going to that stupid job interview that you heard about online?

and learn more about online-offline safety together, and maybe we can both win!

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WOW!! I just got a notice that I’ve won the grand prize on a big Internet contest! Nooks always surfed the internet

Yeah right…maybe I’m just really lucky

Yeah right and I’m co-starring with Brad Pitt in his next movie!

Don’t you know that this is probably a trick, something to get you to buy something or worse? Use your head!

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Don’t you think it’s at least possible?


Listen… you don’t have to go with me… I’m a big girl and too smart to get easily tricked!

Watch this, I’ll Google them to check them out and make sure they are a real company and you’ll see!

Nook, often dreams too much, is too trusting and overly optimistic at times…maybe one time too many! You’re just jealous of me and mad that you didn’t The Internet has so many win this contest! ways to check things out to make sure that is legit and I’m satisfied that this company is cool!

Fine! Do whatever you want Nook…. but don’t say that I never warned you if you get into the trouble because you’re acting really dumb right now!

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Sounds like this ad was made just for me!

Here I found it! A job opening for a young, beautiful career minded woman to be a top model… ONE POSITION OPEN!

I had better send my picture and contact information to them now before someone else beats me to the last opening!

Once again a deadly trap is set and another innocent

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ONE POSITION OPEN…

victim is ensnarled in its trick sticky web of deception and danger!


Nook quickly gets dressed in her most beautiful clothes and accessories so she can make a great impression at her job interview, this time without even checking the company details

Take a seat, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just finishing up with another interview and we will be with you shortlyâ&#x20AC;Ś have a cup of tea and fill out this application form and relax

Thank you

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Oh why do I feel so dizzy all of a sudden…something isn’t right here!

Unknown to Nook, the cup of tea that she was about to drink contained a powerful knockout drug that would soon make her drowsy and helpless

Nook knows that she’s in trouble and remembers her friend’s warning…. but unfortunately it’s too late to save her!

The terrible position that Nook suddenly finds herself in is replayed far too often every day somewhere in the world from America to Asia to Africa to Europe to the Middle East to Latin America and beyond!

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Lock her in that’s room, and make sure that you don’t bruise this one like the last one you idiot….

OK boss…but I would sure like to sample these goods just once!

we’ll make lots of money off of her with her pure white skin and blond hair!

Top Model eh…

you’re just another stupid girl

Now get inside before you get hurt!!

Drugged and totally helpless, Nook tries to scream but it’s all in vain and too little and too late!

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Please… someone help me pleease!!!

As the door shuts Nook suddenly realizes that she’s not alone….. several other young, beautiful girls just like her had also been tricked and by the look in their eyes she knew that her troubles were just beginning!

Don’t ever think that something like this only happens to other people or someone else’s child because it can and does happen every day to the rich and the poor, to the smart to the illiterate and at times even to those innocent young victims and their families that feel that they’ve done all they can do protect their children ……and in a blink of an eye you or your child can vanish in an instant and become just another statistic! 94

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o, what will happen to Nook, will she be rescued or has her fate been sealed? What about the other girls that had also been abducted? Where are they going and for what purpose? What could she have done differently to prevent this from happening to her? Do these types of things really happen in real life?

Ok readers, this is your chance to participate in the world’s most dynamic and innovative interactive safety comic-book ever created and win lots of cash and prizes! Our exciting contest allows you, the reader, to determine the final outcome of each story and how each story starts and continues…..OR TRAGICALLY ENDS! We have developed each of our stories with a cliffhanger ending with many possible endings or outcomes all based upon “Real-Life” lessons learned, which will allow the main characters of each story to either learn and grow from their experiences and continue on to the next chapter of their lives (which we will soon start as a daily updated series of online web-comics, mobile phone comics, IPOD downloads, newspaper comic-strips and e-books or live school plays) or, if you decide that they haven’t learned their lessons or that a harder lesson needs to hit home, then the ending to the stories can end tragically for our main characters! Their fate is in your hands! To participate in our “CHOOSE THE END…SEND AND WIN” contest is as easy as 1-2-3: 1. Read each story and think about how it should end, based upon the lessons learned or if you feel has not been learned from each storyline and also how it does, can or should apply to “Real-World” and “Real-Life” situations and experiences. 2. In 500 words or less create an ending to either each storyline in our comic, or if you choose just one storyline or create as many storyline endings as you want. 3. Once you have completed your storyline ending or endings simply: • email it or them to us at: leapsafely@leapingsmart.com • Fax to 66-2-538-6417 • Regular post to: Leap Safely Contest 5 5/164 Pradist Manudhum Road, Wangthonglang. BKK. Thailand 10310 • You must clearly include your full name, address and telephone number with all entries and all participants under the age of 18 years of age must have the written permission of a parent or guardian in order to participate and win. • All entry information shall be held in strict confidence, remain confidential and shall not be disclosed or shared with any 3rd party. • If your entry is selected as the ending to one of our stories you wil automatically win 10,000 baht in cash, a new IPOD and other valuable prizes, and you will automatically become one of the seven (7) finalists eligible to win our top prize of 100,000 baht! Please Note: You can submit separate entries for each of the seven (7) stories in this publication and are eligible to win multiple prizes! PLEASE NOTE: Contest entries must be submitted by January 15th, 2009. DANGER LURKS AND LAYS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY

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About

Strategies for Preventing Abductions

2,100 missing-children reports are filed each day. Many cases might be solved more easily if parents can provide a few key pieces of information about their kids, such as: height, weight, eye color, and a clear recent photo. And make sure that your kids have the safety information that could help prevent an abduction.

These strategies may help • • • • • • • •

Make sure custody documents are in order. Have ID-like photos taken of your kids every 6 months and have them fingerprinted. Many local police departments sponsor fingerprinting programs. Keep your kids’ medical and dental records up to date. Make online safety a priority. The Internet is a great tool, but it’s also a place for predators to stalk kids. Be aware of your kids’ Internet activities and chat room “friends,” and remind them never to give out personal information. Avoid posting identifying information or photos of your kids online. Set boundaries about the places your kids go. Supervise them in places such as malls, movie theaters, parks, public bathrooms, or while fundraising door to door. Never leave children alone in a car or stroller, even for a minute. Choose caregivers — babysitters, childcare providers, and nannies — carefully and check their references. If you’ve arranged for someone to pick up your kids from school or day care, discuss the arrangements beforehand with your children and with the school or childcare center. Avoid dressing your kids in clothing with their names on it — children tend to trust adults who know their names.

Talking to Kids About Strangers

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Never accept candy or gifts from a stranger. Never go anywhere with a stranger, even if it sounds like fun. Predators can lure kids with questions like “Can you help me find my lost puppy?” or “Do you want to see some cute kittens in my car?” Remind your kids that adults they don’t know should never ask them to help or to do things for them. Run away and scream if someone follows them or tries to force them into a car. DANGER LURKS AND LAYS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY


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Say no to anyone who tries to make them do something you’ve said is wrong or touch them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable. Always tell you or another trusted adult if a stranger asks personal questions, exposes himself or herself, or otherwise makes them feel uneasy. Reassure kids that it’s OK to tell you, even if the person made them promise not to or threatened them in some way. Always ask permission from a parent to leave the house, yard, or play area or to go into someone’s home.

Keep these other tips in mind, too: • • • •

Make sure younger kids know their names, address, phone number including the area code, and who to call in case of an emergency. Review how to use 911 or a local emergency number. Discuss what to do if they get lost in a public place or store — most places have emergency procedures for handling lost kids. Remind them that they should never go to the parking lot to look for you. Instruct kids to ask a cashier for help or stand near the registers or front of the building away from the doors. Point out the homes of friends around the neighborhood where your kids can go in case of trouble. Be sure your kids know whose car they may ride in and in whose they may not. Teach them to move away from any car that pulls up beside them and is driven by a stranger, even if that person looks lost or confused. Develop code words for caregivers other than mom or dad, and remind your kids never to tell anyone the code word. Teach them not to ride with anyone they don’t know or with anyone who doesn’t know the code word. If your kids are old enough to stay home alone, make sure they keep the door locked and never tell anyone who knocks or calls they are home alone.

If Your Child Has Been Abducted

Because the first few hours are the most critical in missing-child cases, it’s important to provide officials with information about your child immediately. If your child has been abducted, contact local law enforcement officers straight away. They’ll ask you for a recent picture of your child and will probably ask you many questions about the time and location you last saw your child and what your child was wearing. You may also request that your child be entered into the National Crime and Information Center (NCIC). Other clearing houses such as the Child Protection Education of America ([866] USA-CHILD) and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children ([800] 8435678) can offer information and support during your search. After notifying the authorities, try to stay calm. You’ll be able to remember details about your child’s disappearance more easily if you remain rational and logical. Source: http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/travel/abductions.html

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Why they picked their story area and what it means to them? 1. Why did you pick this subject for your storyline in the comic book? 2. How did you like the event on August 10th ? 3. How do you like the comic book? 4. What lessons did you learn about online and offline safety from the comic-book workshop and from the comic book? 5. What lessons do you think other students can learn about from both your story line and from the comic Book? 6. What messages do you have for other students both here in Thailand and around the world about online and offline safety? 1. To reveal about problems which have been arising on the internet and to find ways and means to wipe out those problems. Many kids get tricked by bad people and sometimes they meet them and then they are never seen again. 2. The atmosphere during the event was great. There were also lessons given for comic drawing which was also very nice. 3.

ARTIST COMMENTS

The book is fun to read and for every age of people. For myself I have had a chance to reveal my own technique including my ideas and concepts of presentation. It has been expected that readers may become constructive in their imagination.

4. Ways to initiate comic drawings have been learnt, including steps and stages in doing comics. 5. Concepts and ideas were provided through characters done by each particular drawer. Also different styles and types of lines from various individuals. 6. It makes us catch up with dangers in the internet, plus various pieces of safety information and dangers which have been shown in various locations and places offline.

Namkang

The story of the girl “Nook” has been repeatedly happened, it’s all about a girl who has such a high dream and wanting to reach her dream without being aware of her own safety. This kind of ignorant behavior can lead to the dangerous trap at the end. Hopefully this comic would help people out there to be aware of this matter because if not, their lives could be in danger.

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Based on a true story...

A 13-year-old girl was almost gang-raped by a gang of six schoolboys during lunch break at her school. The boys were trying to take off her school uniform and touch her body while one of them filmed the scene on his mobile phone. This story is based upon an actual event that happened at a school in an undisclosed location. Upon further investigation, it’s been found that this type of tragically disturbing incident happens at schools all around the world, but often goes unreported for various reasons……most of which are unacceptable! Luckily a group of five young girls, who happened to be passing by, heard the young girl crying for help and rushed to her rescue. One of the girls even had enough presence of mind to use her mobile phone to video the incident, so it could be used as evidence against the boys. However, upon showing the clip to their teachers, they were discouraged from pursuing the matter for fear of “bringing shame” to the school. In a half-hearted response, the boys were caned twice, and the girls instructed to tell no one about what happened. But the young victim was not satisfied with the school’s response. She was humiliated and didn’t want to go back to school. Finally she broke down and told her parents. They were furious and immediately decided to take the case to the police. They also publicized the incident at a parents’ meeting, warning everyone that they needed to do more to protect their children, even at school. Finally, the victim, against the instructions of her teachers, came forward to tell her story, so that other students might learn from her experience.

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During the lunch break at a normally peaceful school in North East Chandong province, an unexpected and very troubling story is about to unfold.

No! Stop! Hey guys, hold her still while I start to shoot!

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Unbelievable that such a terrible and tragic story can happen in what should be one of the safest places for children….. a school!

The innocent girl being attacked is scared to death! She hadn’t done anything wrong, but here she is; a victim of sexual assault!

It’s shocking enough that schoolboys would commit such a crime in the first place…but to do it at school is shocking!

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Simply because she decided to take her lunch break alone in an empty classroom because she wanted to be alone to read and relax!


Help!!!

Hey, what’s going on?? Sounds like someone’s in trouble in that classroom over there!!

Let’s check it out… Sounds like they’re in big trouble!!

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Hey, what’re you guys doing!!

Stop it NOW!! !!

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We’re not going anywhere, and I’ve got everything on a video, so you’re the ones who should be afraid! So, stop it now you goons!

The boys, realizing that they were in a no-win situation, finally come to their collective senses; and finally stop their assault! Later... at the Principal’s office

Rest assured girls…

I’ll punish the boys. Are you alright? Did they physically hurt you?

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Yes, I guess I’m OK physically??

I think they were just playing around,

you know, boy’s stuff.

That’s good…. since you’re not hurt physically, we should just put this all behind us... that would better for everyone concerned!

I really don’t think they meant any real harm. They’re still just little boys, not grown men.

I suggest that you don’t tell anyone about this, or you might damage your reputation …we wouldn’t want that now, would we? You have such a bright future ahead of you, and there’s no sense having this ugly incident on your record.

Trust me dear, this is the best way to handle this kind of thing...okay?

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Just think about it... if anyone finds out, our school’s reputation will be tarnished, and you don’t want that to happen, do you my dear? Don’t make such a big deal out of a childish little prank!

Do you understand me?

Yes... I do.

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Unable to understand why the boys had done this to her, wondering if it was it her fault, the boys fault, her school Supervisor’s fault for telling her to stay quiet about the incident, or the school’s fault for not protecting her, or what??? Without professional counseling, she was understandably unable to come to terms with what had happened to her, she was in turmoil!

Upon hearing what had happened to their little girl, the parents immediately went to the school to demand some answers!

What do you mean telling my little girl to keep quiet? Explain this to me... Now!

The young school girl may not have been apparently harmed physically, but mentally and emotionally she was a wreck! She decided that there was only one thing to do.... against the advice Urmm… Well… She’s really wasn’t of her school’s physically harmed... Supervisor and regardless was she? of what the consequences may be....talk to her parents! Whatever the outcome....It couldn’t be worse than what she was already going through! 108

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NOT HARMED!!! You call her nearly being raped not harmed?!!

My daughter is an emotional wreck! This was not some childish schoolboy prank here…this is very serious, and must be and will be addressed!

No more compromises, and no more excuses!!

I’m going to the police and see these criminals sent to jail, so they won’t do it to anyone else!

Historically, schools are very safe places for our children; but even in the best run, most highly disciplined schools, unfortunate and tragic incidents, as highlighted in our story, continue to occur. If the administration cares more about the school’s reputation than the victim, attempting to minimize the incidents, or cover to them up, it’s only perpetuating the problem. Doing so will undoubtedly lead to greater consequences down the road! Without severe consequences, these young perpetrators feel empowered to continue their unacceptable behavior, escalating their crimes until someone finally stops them. Taking legal action by filing a criminal complaint with the authorities may, or may not, be easy for the victim, but neither is keeping quiet and doing nothing! At a minimum, the mere threat of civil or criminal prosecution will force schools to take a much more proactive stance. Such as adopting a “A Student Code of Conduct”, with a “zero-tolerance” policy against the perpetrators of these types of violent crimes. In addition teachers should be trained to recognize this type of behavior at its earliest stages, before anyone gets hurt. In the event prevention fails, counseling centers should be trained to deal with both victims and as well as perpetrators. Violence in schools, whether of a sexual nature or not, is wrong and cannot be condoned! Schools, whether they like it or not, have become the first line of defense against inappropriate behavior. They must do more to prevent students from becoming either victims or perpetrators, of violence. Education is their best weapon for accomplishing this! DANGER LURKS AND LAYS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY 109


I think you need to go back to school and learn more about online and offline safety, and how to better protect your students; and I have the perfect way for you to do it!

Go to www. leapsmartandwin.com and you can find out lots of great information about online and offline safety! They even have a 24/7 hotline to report incidents like has happened And they also provide what to my daughter…. live assistance to help you know how to handle these and other safety concerns when they occur!

I admit that I don’t know as much as I should about online and offline safety, but where can I learn more?

Sounds like we’ve all learned something here through this sad incident, and I’m sure that you will do your best to make things right for my daughter;

I realize that I handled this situation with your daughter very badly, and I will immediately go to

www.leapsmartandwin.com

They even have a great online-offline safety contest that you can register to win!

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and to prevent it from happening again in the future to any other student!

and learn much much more about online and offline safety issues; so we can prevent and handle these types of situation much better in the future! I will also register to enter the exciting onlineoffline safety contest that they have... and if I win, I will donate the money back into an onlineoffline safety program for our school!

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CHOOSE THE END…-SEND AND WIN UP TO 100,000 BAHT IN CASH AND PRIZES! So, did the innocent schoolgirl do the right thing

by telling her parents? Did her parents do the right thing by going to the school and confronting the Supervisor for telling their daughter to keep quiet and not make such a big deal out of this incident? What should the school have done in this case and also in the future to prevent these types of incidents from happening again? What should happen to the schoolboys that assaulted the innocent schoolgirl? What should happen to the school Supervisor? Is this just an isolated incident or is it merely the tip of a bigger problem that needs to be addressed?

Ok readers, this is your chance to participate in the world’s most dynamic and innovative interactive safety comic-book ever created and win lots of cash and prizes! Our exciting contest allows you, the reader, to determine the final outcome of each story and how each story starts and continues…..OR TRAGICALLY ENDS! We have developed each of our stories with a cliffhanger ending with many possible endings or outcomes all based upon “Real-Life” lessons learned, which will allow the main characters of each story to either learn and grow from their experiences and continue on to the next chapter of their lives (which we will soon start as a daily updated series of online web-comics, mobile phone comics, IPOD downloads, newspaper comic-strips and e-books or live school plays) or, if you decide that they haven’t learned their lessons or that a harder lesson needs to hit home, then the ending to the stories can end tragically for our main characters! Their fate is in your hands! To participate in our “CHOOSE THE END…SEND AND WIN” contest is as easy as 1-2-3: 1. Read each story and think about how it should end, based upon the lessons learned or if you feel has not been learned from each storyline and also how it does, can or should apply to “Real-World” and “Real-Life” situations and experiences. 2. In 500 words or less create an ending to either each storyline in our comic, or if you choose just one storyline or create as many storyline endings as you want. 3. Once you have completed your storyline ending or endings simply: • email it or them to us at: leapsafely@leapingsmart.com • Fax to 66-2-538-6417 • Regular post to: Leap Safely Contest 5 5/164 Pradist Manudhum Road, Wangthonglang. BKK. Thailand 10310 • You must clearly include your full name, address and telephone number with all entries and all participants under the age of 18 years of age must have the written permission of a parent or guardian in order to participate and win. • All entry information shall be held in strict confidence, remain confidential and shall not be disclosed or shared with any 3rd party. • If your entry is selected as the ending to one of our stories you wil automatically win 10,000 baht in cash, a new IPOD and other valuable prizes, and you will automatically become one of the seven (7) finalists eligible to win our top prize of 100,000 baht! Please Note: You can submit separate entries for each of the seven (7) stories in this publication and are eligible to win multiple prizes! PLEASE NOTE: Contest entries must be submitted by January 15th, 2009. DANGER LURKS AND LAYS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY

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Inappropriate conduct or contact has no place in any civilized society,… especially in our schools! The story that you just read was based upon a real incident and incidents of this nature that occur much too often in schools around the world…one such incident is one too many! Although the vast majority of schools have strictly enforced clear cut “Code of Conduct” policies, many still do not or they do not strictly enforce the policies that they have in place. All students, no matter of their race-creed-color-gender-social-economic statusreligion-culture-physical appearance-physical or mental challenges and or learning disabilities or limitations, have equal rights that must be protected and respected and it’s the responsibility of our school administrators and teachers to ensure that this happens. Students also must do their part to stay safe. RESPECT - RESPONSIBILITY - RIGHTS RESPECT: At any school, all students should demonstrate respect for the person and property of ourselves and others RESPONSIBILITY: At any school, except in extenuating circumstances, each and every student should accept responsibility for their own behavior RIGHTS: At any school, each student has the right to be treated with dignity and the opportunity to learn to the best of their ability School Rules: Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior SCHOOL RULES LEARNING • No member of the school shall interfere with another’s opportunity to learn. • It is expected that each student will apply themselves to assigned tasks. • It is the students’ responsibility to obey the direct instructions of adult staff and to ask for clarification if unsure. MOBILITY • Students must travel directly to and from school; obeying appropriate traffic safety rules. • Students must stay at school until dismissed, unless they go to their own home for lunch. • Enter and leave the school by a common door closest to the classroom. • Walk on the right hand side in halls and on stairs. INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS • Discrimination based on race, gender, religion, appearance, or ability shall not be tolerated. • Violence or any other forms of abuse- physical or verbal - shall not be tolerated. • Social alienation and emotional abuse: exclusion, ostracizing, or threatening looks, shall not be tolerated. SAFETY Materials and devices that could be harmful or potentially harmful shall not be brought to school and shall be subject to confiscation. If students are found in possession, students’ complaints or disclosures shall be listened to and given due consideration. 112

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Why they picked their story area and what it means to them? 1. Why did you pick this subject for your storyline in the comic book? 2. How did you like the event on August 10th ? 3. How do you like the comic book? 4. What lessons did you learn about online and offline safety from the comic-book workshop and from the comic book? 5. What lessons do you think other students, teachers, administrators and parents can learn about from both your story line and from the comic Book? 6. What messages do you have for other students, teachers, administrators and parents both here in Thailand and around the world about online and offline safety? 1. This particular storyline was based upon an actual incident that happened in a school. When I first read this story in the newspaper I was extremely saddened and upset by it. As a school administrator, I knew right away that it needed to be added to our safety comic-book because this is something that should never happen, especially in a school!

ARTIST COMMENTS

Namkang

When I received this story and knowing that it is based on the true story, I was very shocked. I wasn’t expected that the criminals could be that young. But what frighten me the most is that fact that the adults are the ones who are trying to cover up this shameful story. By putting the name of the school before the righteousness and the victim’s feelings! Hopefully this comic is the mirror of society.

2. The August 10th event at my school was truly E-Mazing and a tremendous success! It far exceeded my expectations and I can’t wait to do it again! I received nothing except positive feedback from all the students, parents, teachers, Celebrities and community members that attended. 3.

In all of my many years as an educator I’ve never seen anything as simple and yet as effective as this safety comic book. Sometimes it is extremely difficult to find quality and effective educational content that is affordable and also has the ability to first reach and then teach not just students teachers and parents; but also every one in the community though something as simple as a comic book. The fact that I am actually part of creating this wonderful publication has made me very happy and proud of all of my students, teachers and everyone else involved in making it!

4. I learned many things about online and offline safety that I never knew before both the event as well as before the development of the comic. I really thought that I knew a lot about online and offline safety, but I actually learned quite a lot of things that I not only wanted and needed to know, but with 3,000 students and 170 plus teacher at my school as well as two school aged kids of my own; I learned many things that I had to know! 5. The main lesson that I feel that everyone should learn is that inappropriate conduct and contact towards or against any person of any type is totally unacceptable and should not be and cannot be tolerated in any civilized society, especially in any school! I have also learned that it is not just an isolated occurrence that just happens only once in a while. Once is far too many times in my opinion, so we must all work together to make sure that this problem is totally eliminated in any and all schools! 6. I think the best thing that I can tell every teacher, administrator and parent in Thailand and also around the world that the threat of online and offline dangers are real and serious and that we all must work together to protect our students and children and the best way to start is through education, vigilance, common sense and communication! DANGER LURKS AND LAYS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY

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FINALLY…, YOUR BIGGEST CONCERN AND PLEA FOR HELP FOR YOUR KIDS ONLINE SAFETY HAS BEEN ANSWERED!! Is it possible to have an environment that protects children from inappropriate content and online predators without denying them access to engaging and valuable content that is educational, entertaining and fun?

L.E.A.P. Global, Inc. Says

YES!

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EACH L.E.A.P. COMMUNITY PARTNER WILL IMPLEMENT MANDATORY EDUCATIONAL SAFETY PROGRAMS. L.E.A.P. GLOBAL HAS SEVERAL HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PROGRAMS THAT WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL L.E.A.P. COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR THEIR MEMBERS.

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Just like the O-Zone protects the Earth’s atmosphere from harmful and deadly radiation, the L.E.A.P. Global YO-Zone protects the minds and bodies of our youthful members from online predators and other negative online dangers in cyber-space as well as offline from the dangers of drugs and illiteracy and other negative and harmful societal ills. Introducing The YOZone, the safest-smartest place in or out of cyber-space for ALL YOuth! The YO in YOZone stands for Youth Ok and it is the safest, smartest and most enjoyable solution for youth of all ages around the world, providing a safe interactive age-appropriate environment where the content is educational, entertaining and fun! For more information go to: www.leapingsafe.com 124

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What makes the L.E.A.P. Safe System different and so special…PLENTY! • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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L.E.A.P. Global, Inc. and UltraBrowser.com, Inc. of America have partnered to offer a total Internet environment that includes a unique and customizable web browser, powerful search engine, comprehensive web directory and a media console for the radio, TV and news. The L.E.A.P. Smart YOZone is powerfully positioned to be “the #1 safe-smart place in cyberspace for kids “ through its safe, kid-friendly, cool, and easy to navigate interface for finding high-quality and appropriate entertaining and educational content, without compromising the set standards acceptable to parents, schools, libraries, community groups and organizations. Imagine having the entire Internet organized so that everywhere you want to go is just a few clicks away... If it’s on the Internet, the L.E.A.P. Smart YOZone makes it easier to find, access and use. And if you can’t access a link that you want, just simply type in the url into our suggestions box and if appropriate within minutes we will add all approved links to our database! FINALLY…L.E.A.P. Global, Inc. has found an innovative and effective way to protect children and teens online without compromising their ability to learn and have fun!!! For more information L.E.A.P. to www.leapingsafe.com

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A young girl, bored with the current friends she normally chats with starts searching Google for a new chatroom. She comes across an interesting Google search result : safe, monitored chatrooms for cool teens - registration required for entry - must have a valid school ID to register.

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OK.... Let’s see... which new Chat room is interesting!!

hmmm.... this one looks good! OK... what do I have to do......

“Safe, monitored chatrooms for cool teens - registration required for entry - must have a valid school ID to register. ”....

Sounds safe to me. Monitor: Hello Jenny, my name is Chad and I’m the chatroom monitor. Welcome to “Cool Teenz” chat; how are you? . Wow, that was fast.

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Jenny: I’m good, your chatroom is really cool! Monitor: Thanks, I just want to tell you about our simple rules and regulations.

Jenny: No problem, pretty basic rules, I’m glad that you have them…makes me feel safe and secure. Monitor: That’s why we have them and strictly enforce them Jenny. so pick a friend and have fun and remember that I’m always around if you need me,

Thanks Chad, now it’s time to meet some new friends!

1 Month Later

Chad: Hey Jenny, how are you today?

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Jenny: Fine Chad, how are you?

Chad: Not too good, we just lost two of our monitors and we may have to either close our chat service or really cut back the open chatroom hours unless we can find a few more monitors in a hurry! Jenny: WHAT??? WHEN…I can’t believe this!!

Chad: Yes Jenny, sorry to have to tell you the bad news….. if you know any responsible teens that want a job as a monitor please let me know?

Jenny: I think I know someone right now…

Jenny:

Chad: Really, who??

ME!!

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Chad: That’s cool, are you sure that you’re interested? Jenny: 1,000,000% Chad…what do I need to do to sign up?? Chad: You’ve already qualified because you’re a member in good standing with no incident reports. I can send you a link to a secure area of our website for you to complete your application. Chad: Once you’re approved all you need to do is go to one of our offices in your area because we need to personally verify who you are…we can’t be too careful because there’s a lot of very bad people online pretending to be someone else. Chad: Oh yeah, did I tell you that if your approved to become a chatroom monitor that you will get paid $10.00 an hour! Jenny: WOW!! $10.00 an hour… that’s more than I get for my allowance all week! And you guys really have a lot of security, and the fact that I might get paid for doing something that I really love is great!

DONE!!!... and what....? “Thank you for your application, you will be notified within 24 hours if your application has been approved” OH... OK....

Jenny: Please send me the link and maybe I can also get my friend Jennifer to be a monitor also, she’s a member too. Chad: Cool Jenny, here’s the link

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AAAHHH!!! Can’t wait to find out if I’m gonna get approved as a chatroom monitor.

e-mail.... e-mail

....... huh...?

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This is sooo cool!! If I can win the L.E.A.P. Safely contest at school and also get this great job I can save enough for college and also help my family to!

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I can’t wait to tell all of my online friends about the L.E.A.P. Safely contest!

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Jenny: Hey guys, I just wanted to tell you about this very cool online contest that I’m about to enter at school today…. it’s about online and offline safety. Jenny: First you have to buy this very cool safety comic called

“Danger Lurks and Lay Where Our Children Play” and then you can go to their website to register and then answer some questions about online and offline safety.

Chat friend #1: Sounds cool, can anyone enter the contest and where can we get the comic?

Chat friend #2: So why can’t just anyone enter the contest and why are clues placed inside each comic?

Jenny: No not anyone, to register and qualify to won you have to be a currently registered student or a Teacher. You can check their website @ www.leapingsmart.com to find out where you can get a copy of the comic in your area.

Jenny: I think it has something to do with safety stuff why only students and Teachers and their immediate families can enter this contest…..

Chat friend #3: So what’s the website that we can go to register? Jenny: It’s www.leapsmartandwin.com or you can send an SMS or call this number and they will give you further instructions what to do: 084838660 Jenny: Well guys, I have to go to school before I’m late, I have a very big day today! I’ll tell you about it later ok…

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Jenny: And about the clues inside each comic, I think they want to make sure that students and Teachers and their families actually read this very informative comic so they will know how to protect themselves better and what to do if some-thing strange happens!


I’m gonna surprise Mom and Dad later with my first job!! On my own too!!!

AFTER SCHOOL

OK... Here it is!!!

Hi there Jenny!!! Welcome!! Wow... he looks kinda cool!! All we need is your signature here to verify that all this information about you is true.

Thank you. Let’s go into my office for a little interview.

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Here...

Wh.... What!!!!

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So.... are you ready?

For your first job?

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HEY!!! Wait!!! What are you guys doing!!!

NO!!

For your first job to be in a MOVIE CLIP....

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o, what happens to Jenny, will she live through this ordeal or will it end by her just being forced to make bad movies? What could she have done to prevent this? Is it really that easy to set-up fake chat rooms online? Have you learned any thing from this story?

Ok readers, this is your chance to participate in the world’s most dynamic and innovative interactive safety comic-book ever created and win lots of cash and prizes! Our exciting contest allows you, the reader, to determine the final outcome of each story and how each story starts and continues…..OR TRAGICALLY ENDS! We have developed each of our stories with a cliffhanger ending with many possible endings or outcomes all based upon “Real-Life” lessons learned, which will allow the main characters of each story to either learn and grow from their experiences and continue on to the next chapter of their lives (which we will soon start as a daily updated series of online web-comics, mobile phone comics, IPOD downloads, newspaper comic-strips and e-books or live school plays) or, if you decide that they haven’t learned their lessons or that a harder lesson needs to hit home, then the ending to the stories can end tragically for our main characters! Their fate is in your hands! To participate in our “CHOOSE THE END…SEND AND WIN” contest is as easy as 1-2-3: 1. Read each story and think about how it should end, based upon the lessons learned or if you feel has not been learned from each storyline and also how it does, can or should apply to “Real-World” and “Real-Life” situations and experiences. 2. In 500 words or less create an ending to either each storyline in our comic, or if you choose just one storyline or create as many storyline endings as you want. 3. Once you have completed your storyline ending or endings simply: • email it or them to us at: leapsafely@leapingsmart.com • Fax to 66-2-538-6417 • Regular post to: Leap Safely Contest 5 5/164 Pradist Manudhum Road, Wangthonglang. BKK. Thailand 10310 • You must clearly include your full name, address and telephone number with all entries and all participants under the age of 18 years of age must have the written permission of a parent or guardian in order to participate and win. • All entry information shall be held in strict confidence, remain confidential and shall not be disclosed or shared with any 3rd party. • If your entry is selected as the ending to one of our stories you wil automatically win 10,000 baht in cash, a new IPOD and other valuable prizes, and you will automatically become one of the seven (7) finalists eligible to win our top prize of 100,000 baht! Please Note: You can submit separate entries for each of the seven (7) stories in this publication and are eligible to win multiple prizes! PLEASE NOTE: Contest entries must be submitted by January 15th, 2009. 138

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Chat Rooms Note: it’’ is easy to set up fake Chat Rooms, so be careful and be aware Chat rooms are places on the Internet where you can have live, real-time conversations with several people at the same time. Think of it as a telephone party line - except that you type rather than talk. Everyone in the chat room can see what everyone else writes, but you can still be as anonymous as you want. While chat rooms can be dynamic meeting places for people with similar interests, they can also be cruising grounds for predators trying to make contact with young people. For this reason, kids shouldn’t be in chat rooms - period. Just as we teach young children not to talk to strangers in the street, they shouldn’t be talking with strangers online either. When they become older (10-13) they should only participate in monitored kids’ chat rooms, and even then under the close supervision of an adult. Chat rooms are monitored in several ways. Some sites run software that automatically shuts people out for using inappropriate language, while others use real live monitors. Keep in mind that even in monitored chat rooms, there is nothing to stop an adult from joining in and pretending to be a child or in the case of our storyline, predators setting up fake chatrooms and lulling kids into a false sense of security! Online predators are extremely resourceful, cunning and crafty; which is why constant communication with your kids, online and offline safety education and setting and enforcing strict Internet usage rules for your kids are extremely important to best ensure their safety! Young teens are particularly vulnerable with regard to chat rooms. They’re exploring their sexuality, moving away from parental control and seeking to establish new relationships outside the family. In the anonymous atmosphere of chat rooms, they feel free to be more open and honest than in conversations

can quickly become intimate, making them vulnerable to online predators. Because of this, adolescents should be encouraged to only use monitored teen chat rooms that you or your school has approved, to protect their personal information when chatting online, never agree to meet strangers or people that they think are their friends (no matter how long they have been chatting with them online) but have never met or even seen

in person without your full knowledge and approval and although most safety experts warn that under very few circumstances or situations is it wise or really safe for kids to meet their online friends offline; if you do consent to this make sure that you clearly know who they are meeting and why, speak to the parents of your child’s online friend before consenting to the meeting, make sure that a trusted adult accompanies your child to the meeting, make sure your child and the adult that accompanies them has a mobile phone with them and set the meeting in a very public, highly visible, well lit place, preferably during the day light hours, and to always stay in the chat room’s public area. (Some chat rooms offer users the option of going into ‘private’ rooms, or sharing private messages, that no one else can see or monitor.) Tip: Keep your Internet-connected computer in a public area of your house - never in a child’s private room. Source: http://www.internet101.ca/en/ whatischatting.php#

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Why they picked their story area and what it means to them?

1. Why did you pick this subject for your storyline in the comic book? 2. How did you like the event on August 10th ? 3. How do you like the comic book? 4. What lessons did you learn about online and offline safety from the comic-book workshop and from the comic book? 5. What lessons do you think other students can learn about from both your story line and from the comic Book? 6. What messages do you have for other students both here in Thailand and around the world about online and offline safety?

ARTIST COMMENTS

1. The safety topic was brought in and expressed in the form of comics because dangers from internet are close by. Such was the key in order that youths and teens would realize the dangers and be careful. 2. It was plenty of fun and knowledge about comic drawing was greatly attained. The event was arranged quite perfectly. Those who introduced the technique of comic drawing were extremely helpful. 3. It is a book whereby those who are capable of comic drawing have a chance to show off their ability.

Akino Yamaguchi

When I first saw this storyline I questioned whether or not a fake chatroom could be set up so easy……after researching it further I have absolutely no doubt now that it’s true! I never really thought about it before, but I can guarantee you that I do now and it’s something that all parents, teachers and youth that are online using chatrooms should realty think about as well! There’s many bad people out there both online and offline and there’s millions of vulnerable kids and teens online every day and whereas the vast majority of kids and teens will never have problems online…it only takes one to matter if it’s you or someone that you know and love! 140

4. Correct ways of comic drawing have been given including simple ways to create comic characters. 5. In this vast world it is not only oneself who is capable of doing the comic characters. There still are others who are capable but without chances to show off. 6. It links us toward dangers of the internet. Somehow those dangers can be fended off if we truly intend to help. Nothing is too late!

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Online predators Using Internet communication tools such as chat rooms, e-mail and instant messaging can put children at risk of encountering online predators. The anonymity of the Internet means that trust and intimacy can develop quickly online. Predators take advantage of this anonymity to build online relationships with inexperienced young people. Parents can help protect their kids by becoming aware of the risks related to online communication and being involved in their kids’ Internet activities. How do online predators work? Predators establish contact with kids through conversations in chat rooms, instant messaging, e-mail or discussion boards. Many teens use “peer support” online forums to deal with their problems. Predators, however, often go to these online areas to look for vulnerable victims. Online predators try to gradually seduce their targets through attention, affection, kindness, and even gifts, and often devote considerable time, money and energy to this effort. They are aware of the latest music and hobbies likely to interest kids. They listen to and sympathize with kids’ problems. They

also try to ease young people’s inhibitions by gradually introducing sexual content into their conversations or by showing them sexually explicit material. Some predators work faster than others, engaging in sexually explicit conversations immediately. This more direct approach may include harassment or stalking. Predators may also evaluate the kids they meet online for future face-to-face contact. Which young people are at risk? Young adolescents are the most vulnerable age group and are at high risk of being approached by online predators. They are exploring their sexuality, moving away from parental control and looking for new relationships outside the family. Under the guise of anonymity, they are more likely to take risks online without fully understanding the possible implications.

Young people who are most vulnerable to online predators tend to be: • new to online activities and unfamiliar with “Netiquette” • actively seeking attention or affection • rebellious • isolated or lonely • curious • confused regarding their sexual identity • easily tricked by adults • attracted by subcultures apart from the world of their parents How can parents minimize the risk of their child becoming a victim? • Get involved; talk to your kids about sexual predators and potential online dangers. • Young children shouldn’t use chat rooms, period - the dangers are too great. As children get older, direct them towards well-monitored kids’ chat rooms. Even your teens should be encouraged to use monitored chat rooms. • If your children take part in chat rooms, make sure you know which ones they visit and with whom they talk. Monitor the chat areas yourself to see what kind of conversations take place. • Instruct your children to never leave the chat room’s public area. Chat rooms offer users one-on-one chats with other users - so chat monitors and other users can’t read these conversations. • Keep the Internet-connected computer in a common area of the house, never in a child’s bedroom. It is much more difficult for a predator to establish a relationship with your child if the computer screen is clearly visible. • When your children are young, they should share the family e-mail address rather 142

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than have their own e-mail accounts. As they get older, you can ask your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to set up a separate e-mail address, but your children’s mail can still reside in your account. • Tell your children to never respond to instant messaging or e-mails from strangers. • For places outside your supervision - the public library, school, or friends’ homes - find out what computer safeguards are used. • Make sure you have rules about meeting Internet friends in person; a parent must be told if a meeting is being planned and a parent should be in attendance at the meeting. Rules do make a difference. Research by the Media Awareness Network in 2005 shows having a rule about meeting online acquaintances (which 74 per cent of households have) reduces the likelihood of this happening by half. • If all precautions fail and your kids do meet an online predator, don’t blame them. The offender always bears full responsibility. How can your kids reduce the risk of being victimized? There are a number of precautions to take, including: • never downloading images from an unknown source - they could be sexually explicit • telling an adult immediately if anything happens online that makes them feel uncomfortable or frightened • choosing a gender-neutral screen name that doesn’t contain sexually suggestive words or reveal personal information • never revealing personal information (including age and gender) to anyone online and not filling out online personal profiles How can you tell if your child is being targeted? It is possible that your child is the target of an online predator if: • Your child or teen spends a great deal of time online • You find pornography on the family computer • Your child or teen receives mail, gifts or packages from someone you don’t know • Your child or teen withdraws from their family and friends; or quickly turns the computer monitor off or changes the screen if an adult enters the room • Your child is using someone else’s online account What can you do if your child is being targeted? • If your child receives sexually explicit images from an online correspondent, or if she or he is solicited sexually, contact your local police or school officials. You can also report incidents to the L.E.A.P. Cyber tip hotline at: www.leapingsafe.com and we will immediately forward it to the appropriate authorities in your area. • Check your computer for pornographic files or any type of sexual communication - these are often warning signs • Monitor your child’s access to all live electronic communications, such as chat rooms, instant messages and e-mail. Online predators usually meet potential victims in chat rooms at first, and then continue communicating with them through e-mail. Are there laws to protect children from online predators? Some forms of online harassment are criminal acts in most countries. Under their Criminal Code of most countries, it is a crime to communicate repeatedly with someone if your communication causes them to fear for their safety or the safety of others. Since 2000, most countries have enacted legislation targeting criminals who use the Internet to lure and exploit children for sexual purposes. Source: Some of the above information was adapted, with permission, from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation publication A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety. It has been rewritten for this publication.

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SOCIAL NETWORKING MySpace.com, Facebook.com, Xanga.com, YouTube.com, Yahoo360.com, MSN Spaces, AOL Red Blogs, and LiveJournal.com

These social networking sites are virtual communities where people convene to chat, IM, post pictures, and blog — and they mystify most parents. There are many reasons why these sites have become popular — they provide instant community, instant celebrity (what kid doesn’t want to see themselves on a screen?), and a handy way for trying out new identities, an activity that is both age-appropriate for teens and an essential part of growing up.

members and also because it’s designed specifically for teens. Sites like MySpace. com offer levels of privacy — “friends only” or “me only” (for those who want to create a diary). But none of that will matter. Your kids will go where their friends are. For the most part that means either MySpace.com or Facebook.com, which started out mainly as a site for college kids but is now reaching out to high schoolers. YouTube.com, with its ability to post videos, is also becoming very popular. MySpace employs their own filtering software, and more than a third of their large staff force is devoted to checking for obscene photo postings and underage contributors. But inappropriate content slips through. And contributions that we as parents consider highly objectionable are everywhere. Many parents may want to check out their kids’ blogs. The easiest way is to ask to see the sites. But if your kids don’t want to share them with you, there are a couple of ways to proceed. You can trust them, or

Here’s how these sites work: Basically, they’re IM on steroids. They’re the bulletin boards of kids’ lives. First, kids choose a screen name (which they probably won’t share with you) and fill out a profile containing information about their ages, hometown, schools, likes, and dislikes. Kids post pictures, favorite songs, links to the things they love. They invite friends to their site to post comments. Each site has a privacy policy, and most have a way of configuring the sign-up process to regulate who gets which level of access to the site and who can have access to your information. Some social networks, like Google’s Blogger.com, are totally public, which means anyone can read anything at any time. AOL’s Red Blog is the most private, partly because it’s only for AOL 144

you can snoop. It’s completely up to you. If you opt for the latter, how to do it differs by site. For MySpace, look for the search box. You might try entering your child’s name (surrounded by quotation marks for an exact search). But most often they won’t use their names. They do, however, often list their schools, so you can check out the school under the groups list. You can also

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try searching for their friends’ names and then scroll down to see if there’s a picture of your child on the friend’s site. If so, it will appear accompanied by your child’s chosen screen name. There will be a name on the picture — that will be your child’s web site. On Xanga, you can look under blogrings and type in your kid’s school. Facebook is harder because access is limited to high school students only. So unless you know a willing student, you’re going to have to ask your kid to show you the site.

post the location of a party may be met with a chilly response, but parties rapidly get out of hand when broadcast to an uncontrollable world. Your kids may think that the personal things they post are private or just for their friends. But ultimately, blog pages can be viewed by college admissions staff or potential employers, who may make acceptance or hiring decisions based on blog comments. Just because a kid takes a post down doesn’t mean it hasn’t been captured and archived forever somewhere.

The good thing about social networking sites is that they create online communities. They provide a way for kids to test out different identities, and they provide a good way for kids to express themselves.

Kids’ profiles, likes, dislikes, and locations become available for view by sexual predators and others who use the anonymous nature of the online world to their advantage. While some ‘friends’ are just who they say they are, there are no guarantees.

Kids really need to understand the implications of the decisions they’re making just at the time when many don’t want you telling them anything. Telling them not to

Source: http://www.commonsense.com/internetsafety-guide/social-networking.php

What are the Dangers of Social Networking Web Sites?

Each social networking web site has its own rules and restrictions on the types of members that can join. Some websites have age restrictions, country restrictions or restrictions based on the level of interest in a particular topic. With any social networking web site however, there are a number of dangers that exist. • Paedophiles and Child Abuse. Adults seeking children for their own sexual gratification may be lurking in social networking web sites, pretending to be other children. Online relationship may be formed which could lead to real life meetings. • Personal Information. Children may be able to post identifiable personal information in profiles, chat rooms or blogs, thus putting them at risk. • Time Wasting / Internet Addiction. Children and teenagers may spend hours online modifying their profiles and communicating with others. Tasks, such as homework, may suffer as a result. • No Age Verification. Many social networking web sites do not have age verification technologies in place, which means that people of all ages could be members, even if it is against the terms and conditions of joining. • Cyber Bullying and Flaming. Many web sites let you rate another member’s profile. This opens up the opportunity for cyber bullying and nasty comments to be made. Negative comments can also appear in discussion groups and blogs. DANGER LURKS AND LAYS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY

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What can Children do to Stay Safe in Social Networking Web Sites? There are some things you can do to stay out of harms way.

• Check out the safety tips on the web site. They are usually found in the footer and may give you some good ideas on how to stay safe. • Make sure your keep your personal information private. Set up passwords so that only your friends can see your details. Keep your password to yourself. • Think twice before posting a comment – once something is on the Internet it may be there forever. Only place general, non identifiable information in your profile. • Don’t always believe what you see or what people say to you. Some people may display fake photos or tell you things that aren’t true. • Be careful who you communicate with. Be selective and make sure there are good reasons why you would like to have someone else in your network of friends. • Be cautious of people you don’t know who invite you to join in their group of friends. Why would they want you to join anyway? • Find out what your friends are posting about you and talk to them if you see something you don’t like. Make sure it is OK with them before you post anything about them online. • If you see some content on the web site that is upsetting, report it to the Webmasters and tell an adult you can trust.

What can Parents do to Help Children Stay Safe?

Becoming involved in your children’s online activities is one of the best way to help them stay safe in social networking web sites.

There are a number of things you can do to get involved: ·• Talk to them about what they like about social networking web sites, what some of the dangers are in using these sites and teach them ways to stay safe. You may be able to create some house rules together with your child. • Find out the number of social networking web sites your children use and check them out yourself. Some may be more appropriate than others. • Ask to see your child’s profile and help them modify it if there is too much personal information included. • Get to know the friends in your child’s online network.

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As well as teaching them about safety and getting involved in their online activities, there are other things you can do: ·• Seek out Help. Contact NetAlert http://www.netalert.gov.au/home.html and receive advice on any Internet safety issue (including those associated with social networking websites) you may have. • Reporting. Know who to report issues to if there are any problems. This may include the owners of the web site or the police. If you are unsure who to contact, contact NetAlert. • Use Technology to Help. Use parental control programs to help control access to websites that you think are inappropriate for your children to use. You can even use these programs to limit the amount of time spent online. • Computer Location and Supervision. Set up the computer in an area of the house where you can easily supervise your children’s time on the Internet. If they are using a computer away from home, ensure they know what your expectations of them are. Source: http://www.netalert.gov.au/home.html

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HAVE YOU GROWN SMARTER AND SAFER A Checklist for Kids Ages 9-12 I understand why it’s extremely important to protect my privacy on the Internet by not sharing personal details in chatrooms, newsgroups or instant messaging and after reading this comic book I now also know how to do it. This means all personal and private information including my name, whether I’m a boy or a girl, age, address, e-mail address, telephone number, picture, credit card information or passwords, information about my school and or any personal or private information about my parents, other family members, friends or neighbors. I only use chat rooms for kids that my parents or my teacher has checked out for me and approved. When I’m online I always use a nickname or a fake name that doesn’t reveal anything about me – including if I am a boy or girl or what country or location I am at or from. If an online message makes me feel uncomfortable or frightened or for whatever reason just doesn’t feel or sound right, I don’t respond to it. Instead I tell an adult (Parent-Teacher or an adult that I trust) right away. If I want to arrange a meeting with someone I’ve met anywhere on the Internet for personal, business or for any reason (chatroom-I/M-online contest-email, blog etc.), I tell my parents first and make sure one of them comes with me and I will always arrange to meet in a high traffic and open public place I treat people with respect and with courtesy when I’m online and never post or send rude or hurtful messages, lies or threats. I always ask permission from the author before taking words, pictures or sounds from a Web site. If I do use information from the web I always name my source and give the author or copyright owner credit. I use Web sites and search engines for kids that my parents, teacher or librarian or L.E.A.P. Smart have told me about. I know that the things that I read online may be or may not be true so I will check the information with a parent or teacher or a trusted adult. I always check with a parent, teacher or a trusted adult before opening e-mails from strangers. 148

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I understand why it’s extremely important to protect my privacy on the Internet by not sharing personal details in chatrooms, newsgroups or instant messaging and after reading this comic book I now also know how to do it. This means all personal and private information including my name, gender, age, address, email address, telephone number, picture, credit card information or passwords, information about my school and or any personal or private information about my parents, other family members, friends or neighbors. I am honest and open with my parents about what I’m doing online and who I chat with, especially if and when I meet any new friends. I read the privacy policies on Web sites before filling out online registrations or contest forms to make sure they will not be sharing my information and I always ask permission from my parents before I enter any online contest. If I receive or surf upon any material or harassing online content that upsets me or makes me feel strange, I don’t respond period but I do report this material or upsetting contact to my parents, teacher or a trusted adult immediately. If I am planning to meet an online acquaintance or anyone that I have met online for personal or business or for any reason in real life, I get permission from a parent first. I arrange the meeting for a public place and I don’t go alone. I understand that not all information and material that I find online is correct and accurate, so before I use this information or material to base a final personal, business or school decision upon; I make my best attempt to verify through additional sources that it it is indeed accurate and correct. I treat my fellow netizen’s or online users in the same way that I want to be treated…with respect and courtesy. I do not and will not say harmful and hurtful things or spread rumors and lies or engage in illegal or immoral activities while online or offline. I know that whether I am online or offline there are rules, regulations and laws that I must follow and if I know that certain activities are illegal or against the rules I will not engage in them or promote them such as but not limited to hacking, sending viruses, stealing other people’s identities, uploading or passing pornography, bullying others and downloading or uploading pirated software. As I expect other to respect my work, I also respect copyrighted material and will not engage in stealing from other Web sites or using plagiarized material for homework assignments. Whether I can afford it or not, I will always check with my parents or guardians before making financial transactions online, including purchasing, ordering, bartering, trading or selling anything, whether I think it has value or is important or not. DANGER LURKS AND LAYS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY

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HAVE YOU GROWN SMARTER AND SAFER A Checklist for Parents Are you involved in your kids’ online and offline activities? Do you know where they are and what they are doing and who they are talking to when they are on the Internet or outside at a friends, the mall, internet shop etc.? Does your family have a set of rules or an agreement for appropriate Internet use as well as rules for unsupervised activities outside of your home? Do your kids know to ask permission before submitting any personal information online and not to arrange meetings with strangers or anyone that they meet online without your approval and complete knowledge of their activities? This includes: when using e-mail, chat rooms or instant messaging, filling out registration forms and personal profiles, and entering online contests. Are you fair with your kids and their activities online and use their Internet experiences as an opportunity to communicate with them to discuss inappropriate content, trust and responsibility and even fun things that they want to discuss? Do you make Internet use a family activity by guiding your kids to good sites and teaching them how to make safe, effective searches? As it is true in the offline world, have you taught your kids that not everything that they see and read online is true and accurate so before they form final opinions of utilize the information and or material that they find online to double check the source and verify it with you, their teacher or a trusted adult? If your child has accesses to the Internet at school, local internet shop, the mall or your local library, is it safe and supervised to your acceptable standards? Do you look at the privacy policies on the commercial Web sites your kids visit to check what kind of personal information is gathered and what exactly can and may very well happen to this gathered information? Have you located your connected computer in an open area of your house, such as a family room, recreation room, kitchen or another easily monitored area? Before you allow your child to have her/his own Web site or personal myspace type page, have you personally checked to make sure it doesn’t contain personal information that will identify her or him? Have you talked to your kids about the dangers both online as well as offline and that staying safe and being smart starts with common sense and responsible behavior? Do they understand that even if it is online, just like in the “Real World” there are still rules, regulations and laws that they must follow and abide by? 150

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Does the school have an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for the use of its network? Is this regularly updated to take account of emerging technologies and events? Do all interested parties support the AUP: Directors/Principals, senior management team, teaching staff, non-teaching staff, students and parents. Does the school send information to parents regarding ICT use in schools? Have all pupils and parents/carers (where appropriate), including mid term entrants, given their consent for children to use the Internet in school? What action will the school take if consent is withheld? Do the school Anti-bullying and Behavior Management policies make reference to electronic media and communication both inside and outside school? Does the school Staff Handbook / Staff Code of Conduct refer to electronic media and communication both inside and outside school? Does the school provide appropriate opportunities within a range of curriculum areas to teach Internet safety? Are there procedures in place to deal with ‘disclosure’ by a child of a personal nature as a result of Internet safety education? Has the school nominated a member of staff to be responsible for such issues? Have students and staff been made aware of their individual responsibilities to protect the security and confidentiality of the schools network? This may include ensuring that usernames and passwords are not shared and workstations are not left unattended whilst logged on. Does the school take reasonable steps to monitor the pupils’ and staffs’ use of the Internet, email and/or chat rooms on a regular basis to ensure that inappropriate use is not being made? Have pupils and parents been advised that pupils’ use of the Internet and email systems may be monitored and what procedures and sanctions are in place should misuse occur? Does the school adopt safe practices regarding the publication of the images and names of pupils and staff on its website? Is the AUP supported by clearly defined procedures and sanctions should misuse occur? Has the school nominated a member of staff who is responsible for Internet safety? DANGER LURKS AND LAYS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY

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Does your school have the L.E.A.P. Smart YOZone kids safe technology in place? Did you know that it’s free for schools? If not, then why not? Go to www.leapingsafe.com for more information and sign up today! If the school has adopted local control for some of its Internet filtering, has the school nominated a “Filtering Administrator” that is responsible for the appropriate filtering of the Internet in school? Has the school nominated a member of staff to be responsible for clearing local Internet cache servers (if present) of any inappropriate material that is reported and subsequently blocked by the filters? Are pupils and staff aware of the procedures for reporting accidental access to inappropriate materials on the Internet? Are there a range of sanctions in place for deliberate access to inappropriate materials or breaches of the AUP? Are students aware of these sanctions?

Network Security Checklist Does the school ensure that members of staff undertake to secure portable ICT equipment such as laptops and cameras when not in use? Are sanctions in place where staff who fail to do so result in the loss of equipment? Has the school deployed an appropriate level of security on its networks to ensure their reliability and prevent unauthorized access to systems and data? Has the school deployed sufficient security on any wireless networking to ensure that there is no unauthorized access to the school network and the West Sussex wide area network? Is Antivirus protection provided on all machines? Is it regularly updated? Does the school ensure that its windows operating systems are regularly updated? Does the school possess sufficient software licenses for the software installed on its network? Source: West Sussex e-safety schools checklist

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Kamonluck Sirileuk

Arisa Vishakoad Kamonluck Sirileuk

Arisa Vishakoad Vipawan Tipnooch Pennapa Tungsook

Sirinaporn Hongmeed

Kataleeya Sawangnil

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Patsawach Laopongtasorn

Suchaya Pichaya

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Kawee Tumprakop

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Pakamat Wattanakornkaew

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Kantima Putjaika

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Watcharapon Jutaputti Manunya Kongna

Sirinaporn Hongmeed

Kanitsorn Chamcheun

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Kawee Tammaprakop

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Walisa Sowanna

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Mutta Chaewchan Areeya Woranatkit

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Yuttana Chaitum

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Kumsorn Kalum

Rattaporn Korkodwong Panprapa Wongpaisarn

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Teachers’ Comments who attended the Work Shop 1. Why did you pick this subject for your storyline in the comic book? Because relaying the message to others in terms of the usefulness as well as the dangers of the Internet was essential. It must be realized about how to utilize it . Any bad, obscene Websites should have been overlooked and discarded and in some cases the police should have been informed. 2. How did you like the event on August 10th ? That was a lot of fun. Since I knew almost nothing about doing comics, it was an interesting experience participating in the workshop. I have brought that experience to develop and to train myself in doing comic drawing every time I find the chance. 3. How do you like the comic book? It has been useful to develop good, short comics. At the same time it was interesting to be commented by pro-level drawers so that improvement could have been made. 4. What lessons did you learn about online and offline safety from the comic-book workshop and from the comic book? Emotional distribution onto the exact drawing had to be done clearly so that readers or viewers could understand exact meaning within each frame. 5. What lessons do you think other students can learn about from both your story line and from the comic Book? The lessons were mainly in the correct ways of doing the comic-drawings 6 What messages do you have for other students both here in Thailand and around the world about online and offline safety? Thoughtful use of the Internet would benefit each and every one of the users. Do not hurt or harm others, ever! All games to be selected for play should have provided further knowledge into one’s life--- straight forward, polite ways in associating with people should be the keys to living your life, always.

1. Why did you pick this subject for your storyline in the comic book? In today’s world, kids like to enter the world of Internet, where good and bad things may be experienced. Conversation program, or Chat, at times can lure kids into it without knowing the true background of person at the other end. So a lot of lies may be leading a good number of kids into several sorts of dangers. It is hopeful that readers of this book may realise such dangers within the Internet. 2. How did you like the event on August 10th ? The event on Aug 10, 2008 gave a lot of enjoyable “edutainment”, particularly for the comics – drawing technique which led to various forms of creation. 3. How do you like the comic book? I like its easy, simple reading. Being mostly in pictures with harmonious storylines make it easy to understand. 4. What lessons did you learn about online and offline safety from the comic-book workshop and from the comic book? Techniques about doing comics were learnt, plus the concept of bringing the storylines into pictures in harmony with what the stories say. 5. What lessons do you think other students can learn about from both your story line and from the comic Book? Dangers in the world of the Internet are, in fact, very abundant. Nevertheless, careful searching into the webs can, at the same time, provide grounds for further knowledge. 162

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A YEAR OF PEACE, PROSPERITY AND PROGRESS! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

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FEBRUARY 8, 2009 - LOCAL (THAI) AND WORLD CULTURE MARCH 29, 2009 - ECO-FRIENDLY SOLUTIONS-SAVING OUR PLANET IS ROOTED IN OUR YOUTH! MAY 17, 2009 - TEAMWORK - Together Everyone Achieves More JULY 5, 2009 - HEALTH & FITNESS AUGUST 30, 2009 - SUBSTANCE ABUSE EDUCATION AND PREVENTION OCTOBER 18, 2009 - AIDS Education & Prevention DECEMBER 6, 2009 - FUTURE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES & PREPARATION JANUARY 24, 2010 - SAVINGS, INVESTING AND CREDIT PRESERVATION EDUCATION MARCH 14, 2010 - KNOW YOUR RIGHTS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS MAY 2, 2010 - SCHOOLS 4 P.E.A.C.E. (Prosperity-Empowerment-Achievement-Culture-Education) JUNE 20, 2010 - YOUR COMMUNITY…YOUR WORLD! LEARN HOW TO PROTECT-PRESERVE & SERVE TODAY FOR A BETTER TOMORROW! 12. AUGUST 8, 2010 - WORLD POVERTY EDUCATION-PREVENTION AND DOING OUR PART! DANGER LURKS AND LAYS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY 163


OUR NEXT STOP ON OUR LEAP LEARNING JOURNEY WILL BE LOCAL AND WORLD CULTURE, BEGINNING IN THAILAND! But what really is Thai Culture? Thai Culture as defined by the Ministry of Culture:

History and Culture in Thailand

Thailand is steeped in history and unique culture... historical sites, temples, palaces, museums, theatre and dance… if these are your areas of interest you are going to love Thailand It is believed that Thailand’s history stems from the Bronze Age, some 5,000 years ago. Recorded history indicates a number of periods that mark important stages in Thailand’s history – the Sukothai Period from 1238 to 1438, the Ayutthaya Period from 1351 to 1767, the Thonburi Period from 1767 to 1782, and the Rattanakosin Period from 1782 until the present. The legacy of each of these periods is a series of temples, shrines, palaces and ancient sites, all depicting unique Thai architectural styles and lavish design. Although some of the historical significance of these attractions may at times be lost on you, the visual feast you experience more than compensates for your lack of insight. These are some of the most beautiful places you will ever experience. Simply relax and soak in the sights and sounds and build unforgettable memories. Never colonised, Thailand has never been detached from its culture. Thai dance, theatre, music and art, 164

have all developed in entirely unique ways across the ages and play as important a role today as they did in years gone by. The numerous galleries and museums housing the treasures of bygone ages offer visitors a genuine visual delight. But what exactly does Thai Culture mean to today’s Thai people, especially the youth of Thailand? How do different generations of Thais view the Thai Culture of yesterday as compared to the Thai Culture of past generations? How about Thais that have traveled abroad for school, work or play, what does Thai Culture mean to them today? Does Thai Culture differ for Thais that live in other countries? How does today’s Thai Culture differ from the Thai Culture of yesterday…or does it? How about oreigners, what does Thai Culture mean to foreigners that have had the pleasure to visit Thailand? This and many many other questions will be answered in the next stop of our L.E.A.P. learning Journey, coming your way on December 28, 2008!

DANGER LURKS AND LAYS WHERE OUR CHILDREN PLAY


PASANUSORNBANGKAE SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE JOINED TOGETHER WITH L.E.A.P. GLOBAL CO., LTD. TO CREATE THE WORLD’S MOST INNOVATIVE SERIES OF SAFETY COMIC-BOOKS AND ANIMATED E-LEARNING MODULES EVER DESIGNED TO KEEP YOUTH SAFER ONLINE! FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO www.leapingsmart.com

CHANARONG LUCKSHANIYANAVIN EXPLAINS HOW HAPPY HE IS THAT HE CAN NOW EFFECTIVELY EDUCATE HIS STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ABOUT ONLINE AND OFFLINE SAFETY, AND ALSO PROTECT HIS STUDENTS ONLINE BECAUSE OF THE NEW L.EA. P. SAFE TECHNOLOGY THAT HE HAS INSTALLED AT HIS SCHOOL AND STRESSES THAT ALL SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES, INTERNET SHOPS AND PARENTS AT HOME SHOULD DO THE SAME!

MR. CRAIG HOVENDOVE, THE PRESIDENT OF L.E.A.P. GLOBAL CO., LTD. EXPLAINS IN DETAIL HOW THEIR INNOVATIVE YOUTH SAFE TECHNOLOGY WORKS TO EFFECTIVELY PROTECT CHILDREN-YOUTH AND TEENS ONLINE. BUT HE ALSO EXPLAINS THE IMPORTANCE OF THEIR 4 KEYS TO THE L.E.A.P. SAFELY SYSTEM…. TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION, COMMUNICATION AND COMMON SENSE!

CRAIG HOVENDOVE, THE PRESIDENT OF L.E.A.P. GLOBAL CO., LTD. EXPLAINS HOW THEIR PROPRIETARY YOUTH SAFE TECHNOLOGY WORKS AND ALSO TALKS ABOUT HIS COMPANY’S PARTNERSHIP WITH PASANUSORNBANGKAE SCHOOL WHILE THE SCHOOL’S PRESIDENT ITS PRESIDENT CHANARONG LUCKSHANIYANAVIN LOOKS ON. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY GO TO: www.leapingsmart.com

THE DIRECTOR OF ART AND MULTIMEDIA STUDIES AT PASANUSORNBANGKAE COMMERICAL SCHOOL EXPLAINS HOW PLEASED SHE IS TO BE PART OF SUCH AN INNOVATIVE AND EXCITING PROJECT THAT WILL NOT ONLY TEACH HER STUDENTS ABOUT ONLINE AND OFFLINE SAFETY, BUT WILL ALSO PROVIDE THEM WITH VALUABLE CAREER SKILLS THAT THEY CAN USE TO SECURE FUTURE CAREER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. ONE OF THE PASANUSORNBANGKAE STUDENTS THAT HELPED TO CREATE THE COMIC BOOK, EXPLAINS WHY HE CHOOSE HIS STORYLINE AND WHAT BEING PART OF THIS PROJECT MEANS TO HIM, THAI STUDENTS AND ALL OTHER STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

THE STUDENTS COULDN’T WAIT TO START READING THEIR FIRST COPY OF THE COMIC BOOK THAT THEY HELPED TO CREATE….THEIR SAFE LEARNING JOURNEY HAD STARTED AND IT WAS TIME TO READ-LEARN-ENJOY AND STAY SAFE!


THE SOLUTION TO ONLINE DANGERS IS NOW IN YOUR HANDS!


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