21st Annual Golf Tournament Scheduled

The Commission on Missing and Exploited Children (COMEC) is hosting its 21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament on September 10, 2016 at 8am (Shotgun Start) at the Links at Galloway (3815 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38133). This event is COMEC’s largest annual fundraiser. We will provide lunch and trophy awards for lowest scoring team, longest drive and closest to the pin. There will be a grab and go auction station and a putting contest. The first hole in one wins a car!

We are looking for golfers who would be interested in participating.  We need golfers and sponsors at all levels. Thank you to our current partners: Bodine School, Canup Engineering, ESPN 790AM, Garden District, Hicks Convention, The Links at Galloway, Marco’s Pizza, Phelps Security, Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment, Power & Tel, Standard Electric, State Systems Inc., St. Francis Bartlett, Studio B Dance Studio and Wolfchase Honda.

Just print and fill out the registration information below and email/fax or call Captn. Edwards at 901.222.0700 today!

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20th annual golf tourney recap

COMEC celebrated its 20th annual golf tournament presented by Data Facts at the Links at Galloway on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Adam Hammond of WREG News 3 joined as our Host of Events. Tournament highlights include lunch, trophy awards, a silent and live auction as well as putting, closest to the pin and longest drive contests.
Thanks again to all who joined us for last year’s tournament. All proceeds benefitted COMEC (The Commission on Missing and Exploited Children). Guests enjoyed an 8AM shotgun start and a chance to win a 2013 Honda Civic sponsored by Wolfchase Honda and a chance to win $5,000.00 cash by making a hole-in-one. Lunch was provided by Lisa’s Lunchbox, and an awards
presentation and a live and silent auction followed. It is with sincere appreciation that we recognize the 100+ individuals who participated, the numerous local companies who donated auction items, board members who assisted and attended, volunteers from the Junior League of Memphis and all our donors.
Through the ticket sales and fundraising at this year’s  event, we were able to raise nearly $30,000 for the Commission on Missing and Exploited Children. Thank you again for your continued support.

2015 Marks 20th Anniversary for COMEC’s Charity Golf Tournament

Save the Date for the 20th annual golf tournament, benefiting the Commission on Missing and Exploited Children, presented by Data Facts to be held at the Links at Galloway on Saturday, October 3, 2015 with an 8AM Shotgun Start. Adam Hammond of WREG News 3 will join as our Host of Events. Tournament highlights include lunch, trophy awards, a silent and live auction as well as putting, closest to the pin and longest drive contests. The first hole-in-one wins a car! Last year nearly $30,000 was raised for educational programs that benefit the children and families in the MidSouth. We are looking forward to an even better year than last!
Want to play? Click here for the COMEC_Tourno_FINAL_p2 brochure to complete the the Online Tournament Form or print and email to comec@comec.org. Corporate, team and hole sponsorships are also available. Interested parties email comec@comec.org or call 901-405-8441. No solicitations please.

Digital Kidnapping Striking Fear In Proud Parents

Like any parent Lindsey Paris loved sharing pictures of her son online for friends and family to see. She also used family pictures for her blog until one day when she clicked one of her new follower’s Facebook profiles.

“Low and behold her cover photo was my son’s photo and she was posting it and conversing with her friends as if he was her own. They were like he is so cute I love his red hair. When is he going to start teething?” said Paris. Paris was horrified and messaged the girl asking her to take it down.

“I found out she was a 16 year old girl who lived in California and spoke little to no English, and fortunately she had no malice. She always wanted a redheaded son she said and didn’t think she had hurt my feelings by taking my picture. Basically playing house to the highest degree,” said Paris.

The 16-year-old took those pictures down, but that was not an isolated incident.

It’s called digital kidnapping. “We see it quite frequently,” claims Len Edwards the director of the Commission of Missing and Exploited Children. Edwards said this type of online role playing was popular with some teenagers and predators.

“There is a reality, and there is a fantasy. People are creating fantasy adoptions, people are creating virtual fantasies. It may be just an obsessive act on their part but it can be manipulated to become dangerous,” said Edwards. This could turn into a real child abduction or even child pornography.

“They can take those pictures and they can take them and manipulate them, and shadow them and put clothes on them and take clothes off of them,” said Edwards.

He told us all a “sharent,” or a person who wants to share a picture while pretending, had  to do was click on certain well known hashtags on Instagram.

There’s a bank of thousands of pictures up for grabs as a part of this unusual game.

“Every parent’s prized possession is their child and I think that you seeing your child’s photograph on another person’s website that shouldn’t have it is quite frightening,” said Edwards.

According to Facebook and Instagram’s user agreements, you gave permission for worldwide use of your pictures based on your privacy settings.

Edwards recommended being proactive about preventing a digital kidnap before it happens by making your account and all pictures private to anyone but your friends you know and trust.

You could also run the pictures through apps that will stamp a watermark on it so it’s identified as yours.

Despite that if you realize your child’s identity has still been high jacked immediately contact the site’s administrators and make them aware.

Since becoming a victim, Paris said she changed the way she posts photos and encouraged you to adopt a privacy setting you are comfortable with.

“I don’t overshare. I don’t use my son’s real name. I watermark a lot of my photos, and I’m just really careful about what appears in the photos and all that sort of stuff,” said Paris. Paris believed it was important for all parents to take this seriously.

Watch interview here.
Source: WREG
by Adam Hammond