), click on the “Safe Environment” tab and then click on the link to the left named “VIRTUS Re-certification” This will take you to a link to the sign-in screen.] Select a username and a password and write them down in a secure place, so you can access them for future use.Then, select “First time registrant” and proceed as prompted in the registration process.If an individual has access whatsoever to a mobile device or a computer & printer to complete the on-line re-certification training, that individual has the alternative of attending another 3-hour in-person PGC training for adults at one of the locations throughout the diocese prior to Feb. This will fulfill the requirement for re-certification, and a certificate will be e-mailed to the primary location where the person serves.The schedule for these sessions is on the diocesan website.
If you do not know enough about a computer to monitor your child’s activities with chat rooms, games, and websites, take the time to learn about it.Children might blurt out language that indicates they know words that they should not know or use.You may hear your younger children using sexual language when playing with their friends.Let your child know that “adult” material does damage to those who see it and to those who are lured into participating in it.However, don’t forget to tell your child that if someone shows him or her pornography, speaks to him or her in a sexually explicit manner, or tells sexually explicit jokes, your child can tell you and will not be in trouble because of seeing or hearing something he or she knew was wrong.Esther Dunegan 409-924-4304 [email protected] Paul Thomas 409-924-4315 [email protected](From Virtus.org, August 2004) By Sharon Womack Doty, Senior Child Sex Abuse Prevention Consultant to the VIRTUS Programs There are many signs of a potential child molester that are public behaviors, visible to everyone who is observing the adult’s interaction with children and young people. Among the warning signs of a child molester are: The use of this “adult” material to ensnare children rarely occurs in public or within view of other children and young people.The child molester knows this behavior will not be tolerated. So, how can parents recognize when someone is using these tools to trap their child?This is an important point, and one you must affirm repeatedly in order to foster your child’s comfort in disclosing this information to you.Listen If we listen to what our children say, we can hear clues that someone is teaching them sexually explicit language or showing them sex-related materials.Speak Up Talk with your child about “adult” material.Educate him or her about the fact that pornography is wrong and that our human sexuality is a precious gift from God that is to be cherished and valued — not put on display or cheapened in any way.