Time Out Case Study
Millions of children every year become the undeserved victims of a situation in which they have no control. While many marriages last for years and the children of these relationships live a very normal life, many children who are the offspring of divorced parents live in a very unbridled environment. The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) (2013) reported in today’s society, 50% of all marriages end in divorce leaving unsuspecting children confused, frightened, and with unearned feelings of guilt. Living with this self-imposed guilt, these children soon find there are limited resources available they can turn to that can help them understand the situation they are experiencing is in no way their fault.
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As a result of the very nature of an online enterprise, the lack of face-to-face encounters brings to bear the possibility of a user not being who he/she claims to be. This is a very real issue that must be monitored and eliminated. Wolak, Evans, Nguyen, and Hines (2012) reported online predators to be very real and very dangerous in that they are meticulous at developing relationships with their victims over long periods of time in order to gain trust and set up face-to-face encounters. Wolak et. al. (2012) continued reporting out of all face-to-face encounters, more than 80% fall victim to some form of sexual abuse. The leadership of “Time Out” takes this matter very seriously and has developed alarms that trigger when phrases such as “can we meet” or anything with the words “in person” is typed in chat rooms. Once alarms are triggered, our professional volunteers briefly monitor the conversation. If unethical conduct is detected, the authorities are immediately notified and appropriate action is taken. If the conversation is found to be harmless, the professional volunteer will disconnect from the conversation and no further actions will be taken. The organizational leadership of “Time Out” will take no short cuts when it comes to the protection of innocent and vulnerable lives that have already been turned upside down. We will strictly follow all rules established by the Child Online Profile Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998 by ensuring the parents of all users under the age of 13 are notified as to his/her child’s use of the site. Also, due to the potential medical issues that could arise from interaction with professional councilors and psychologists all guidelines as established by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPPA) of 1996. To further protect our users, “Time Out” will not collect information from its users. The cite