Welcome to Protect Our Children New York. Our goal is to bring back the sense of togetherness lost in our community by engaging and evolving community members to take a stance for their own children and grandchildren’s safety.

Our Mission
At the heart of our organization lies a profound commitment: Our mission is to help educate our youth with street safety awareness and dangers. We believe that the streets can be a safer place for everyone, especially our children, when they are armed with knowledge and understanding of potential hazards. Furthermore, we recognize that awareness alone is not enough. To enhance the safety of our neighborhoods, we have also established community-based volunteer watch groups. These groups work diligently, in tandem with our educational efforts, to provide protection and ensure that our streets remain a secure environment for all.

Our Movement
P.O.C.N.Y. Protect Our Children is a non profit corporation of volunteer members dedicated to providing safety on the streets for our youth. We patrol neighborhood parks, playgrounds, bus stops and publicly accessible areas. Protect Our Children offers educational resources and strategies for parents and children to avoid potential and current dangers directly affecting their communities in hopes of creating more awareness.

Our volunteer watch groups are creating and broadening the relationship between community members and local police departments as well as community affairs officials. Maintaining direct lines of communication in order to obtain assistance in protecting our children from suspicious and dangerous activities in our communities.

Our Motivation
Peter DiMiceli founder and president is a native Staten Islander who has painfully watched with great discontent the rapid decline of his home town and New York City as a whole. The Statistics of our missing children,child abuse, sex trafficing, drug over dose, homeless population and crime rates reaching all time highs.

The movement of Protecting Our Children comes from a very deep place in his heart as he himself was an unprotected child. Which is why he has dedicated this organization to raising awareness. Protect Our Children will take any measures within its reach to provide protection for the children of our communities.

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National Child Safety Month
Child safety is of paramount importance in our society, as children are amongst the most vulnerable members of the community. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that injuries are the leading cause of death for children aged over one year, responsible for more deaths than all other causes combined. Child safety encompasses a broad range of areas, including physical safety in the home and community, cyber safety, and emotional well-being. Ensuring that children grow up in environments where their physical and mental health are protected not only saves lives but also contributes to the development of healthy, confident adults. It is the collective responsibility of caregivers, educators, and policymakers to implement measures that safeguard children against accidental injuries, exploitation, and abuse.

At home, childproofing is a critical step towards ensuring safety. This includes securing furniture to prevent tipping, using safety gates, and keeping hazardous substances out of reach. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 9.2 million children annually have an initial emergency department visit for an unintentional injury. Supervision is another key factor; however, as children grow, they require autonomy to explore and learn. Balancing supervision with the child’s increasing need for independence is a nuanced aspect of parenting that requires constant adaptation and vigilance. Additionally, educating children about safety, like fire drills or what to do if they get lost, equips them with knowledge to act appropriately in risky situations.

In public spaces and communities, child safety can be ensured through policies and infrastructure that consider the needs of children. Traffic calming measures in school zones, effective playground design, and stringent laws on child restraint systems in vehicles are proven methods to reduce the risk of injury. The CDC has highlighted that proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts can reduce the risk of injury by up to 82% for children when compared to seat belt use alone. Communities can also foster safety by creating awareness about child-specific risks and offering programs that teach children about potential dangers, such as stranger awareness and water safety courses.

The digital landscape presents a relatively new frontier of child safety concerns. Cyberbullying, exposure to inappropriate content, and online predators are just some of the risks that children may encounter on the internet. The American Academy of Pediatrics advocates for the supervision of online activities, encouraging parents to discuss internet safety and to set clear rules about the use of digital devices. Organizations such as the National Cyber Security Alliance provide resources to educate both parents and children on staying safe online. As technology evolves, so does the necessity to protect children from emerging online threats, making cyber safety education an essential part of modern parenting.

Bullying Prevention
Bullying is a prevalent problem in the United States. According to the CDC, 1 out of 5 high school students reported being bullied on school property and 1 out of 6 experienced cyberbullying. Nearly 40% of high school students who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual and about 33% of those who were not sure of their sexual identity experienced bullying at school or electronically in the last year, compared to 22% of heterosexual high school students. About 30% of female high school students experienced bullying at school or electronically in the last year, compared to about 19% of males. Nearly 29% of White high school students experienced bullying at school or electronically in the last year compared to about 19% of Hispanic and 18% of Black high school students. Nearly 14% of public schools report that bullying is a discipline problem occurring daily or at least once a week.

Bullying lead to depression, anxiety and low self-esteem which can lead to changes in sleep patterns, eating habits, negatively changed interactions with others and inhibited interest in activities. Moreover, bullying in some cases has led to people committing the unthinkable – suicide which can destroy families forever. We believe it is important to stop bullying. To do this, it is important to understand the signs and then take action.

There are several signs of bullying – among these are as follows: stolen or damaged Possessions, unwilling to attend or travel to school, unusually hungry after school, experiencing nightmares or inhibited sleep, personality changes, headaches or stomachaches, change in online behavior, begins bullying family or friends or signs or physical assault.

Some steps to take if your child is being bullied in school include the following according to Understood.org: care for your child, get the facts and document them, write down and tell the bullying story, review school’s antibullying policy and state laws, report the bullying to the school, monitor the school’s response, take it up the chain of command and get legal help.

Knowing the Signs of Child Abuse
1 in 7 children in the United States have experienced child abuse or neglect according to the CDC. In 2020 alone, 1,750 children died of abuse and neglect in the United States. Children in poverty are more likely to experience abusive treatment.

Here are the 10 Signs of Child Abuse according to ChildSafe: changes in behavior: (Abuse can lead to many changes in behavior. Abused children often appear scared, anxious, depressed, withdrawn or more aggressive.), returning to earlier behaviors (Abused children may display behaviors shown at earlier ages, such as thumbsucking, bedwetting, fear of the dark, or fear of strangers. For some children, even loss of acquired language or memory problems may be an issue.), fear of going home (Abused children may express apprehension or anxiety about leaving school or about going places with the person who is abusing them or exhibit an unusual fear of a familiar person or place.), changes in eating (The stress, fear, and anxiety caused by abuse can lead to changes in a child’s eating behavior, which may result in weight gain or weight loss.), changes in sleeping (Abused children may have frequent nightmares or have difficulty falling asleep and as a result may appear tired or fatigued.), changes in school performance and attendance (Abused children may have difficulty concentrating in school or have excessive absences, sometimes due to adults trying to hide the child’s injuries from authorities.), lack of personal care or hygiene (Abused and neglected children may appear uncared for. They may present as consistently dirty and have severe body odor, or they may lack sufficient clothing for the weather.), risk-taking behaviors (Young people who are being abused may engage in high-risk activities such as using drugs or alcohol or carrying a weapon.), inappropriate sexual behaviors (Children who have been sexually abused may exhibit overly sexualized behavior or use explicit sexual language and may exhibit symptoms of a genital infection.) or unexplained injuries (Children who have been physically abused may exhibit unexplained burns or bruises in the shape of objects. You may also hear unconvincing explanations of a child’s injuries.).

If you suspect child abuse, report it by visiting NCSRisk.org.



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