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Moralert’s Mission is to empower parents with the awareness and tools necessary to ensure the moral, academic, social and spiritual well-being of their children in this age of rapidly evolving technology.

   

Elizabeth Racine, the mother of three teenagers, has been a writer, editor, and researcher for the past 24 years, specializing in family and parenting issues. She has appeared in print over 300 times, with articles in Catholic Parent Magazine, Today’s Catholic Teacher, and Momentum Magazine, as well as in Newsday and The Chicago Tribune. She began using the Internet extensively in 1994 for her own research projects as well as for those of her editorial clients. 

Starting in the year 2000, she taught eighth grade in Catholic schools for four years before returning to full-time freelancing.

As her own children began using the Internet, she has vigorously monitored their online usage, as well as that of her students, with varying degrees of success. Over the past 14 years she has grown increasingly concerned-- and now alarmed-- about not only what is available for viewing online, especially to our children, but also what our children are posting online as well.

For the past few years she has been giving talks to parents, teachers and clergy about these dangers. Her real-life stories and images have shocked her audiences, who previously had no idea that this problem existed.

She has served as a resource person for several Catholic reporters, and appeared on Fox 29’s special report on Internet abuses by children. Despite the increasing news coverage, there is still a vast amount of Internet activity that goes unreported. The mainstream media does not cover many of these topics since they don't believe them to be a problem.

Elizabeth has met with members of Congress to educate and advise them on these Internet risks to our children, in hope that they will increase legislation and regulation to help protect them. She was invited to the Congressional hearing in Washington, where she provided written testimony for Mike Fitzpatrick’s Bill, the Deleting Online Predators Act.

Her goal in speaking to groups is to help attendees to better understand this avenue of spiritual attack, not only on our young people, but on their parents as well. It is her sincere hope that by addressing these issues, she can help parents, clergy, and schools to protect their children.

 

 

 

 Endorsements 

     

Fr. John Trigilio

I fully endorse, recommend and support Elizabeth Racine and her work.

She is an outstanding herald of truth exposing some of the most pernicious evils in cyberspace.  She is not a technophobe but a true realist.  Beth acknowledges the great benefit and indispensable help the internet and other high tech communications have provided modern society. 

What distinguishes her from the rest of the pack is that she can and does effectively demonstrate to parents, teachers, pastors, and the typical man or woman on the street that, like anything in the modern world, progress can create greater and more immanent dangers just as it makes better efficiency, more convenience and easy access.

Beth Racine’s message becomes as important as Consumer Reports is to potential customers.  She does not scare parents and teachers away from the internet, cell phones and other technology, nor does she overreact and portray high-tech as a Pandora’s Box.  What she does is expose the real and immanent dangers to the MOST VULNERABLE and MOST TARGETED group, innocent children.  Her message does not make her audience paranoid; rather, it helps them become PRUDENT and RESPONSIBLE guardians of their children’s welfare.

Beth Racine helped our priests and deacons realize the spiritual and moral dangers in addition to the potential physical and sexual threats.  Knowledge is our best defense.  As spiritual leaders, we now (thanks to Beth Racine) can inform and encourage our parents and teachers to be on the alert, to truly supervise and to get involved with every aspect, dimension and activity of their children, not as spies but as conscientious, responsible and concerned guardians of the safety of these same children. 

In my professional and personal opinion, to ignore or overlook Beth Racine’s message is the equivalent of culpable ignorance, intellectual misconduct, and it could lead to moral if not criminal negligence.  It would be a sin of omission were a religious leader to not at least listen or read her message and try to share it with the people of his congregation.

Rev. Dr. John Trigilio, Jr., PhD, ThD
President, Confraternity of Catholic Clergy  
Pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church 
Pastor, Saint Bernadette Church
Co-host, "Web of Faith" and “Council of Faith”  on EWTN
Author of Catholicism for Dummies and John Paul II for Dummies  

 

Fr. Ken Brighenti

Elizabeth Racine came to St. Ann School in Raritan New Jersey , to address our parents about the Internet.  She not only gave an eye opening presentation of what our children can be exposed to, but she did so in a very interesting and savvy way.  She used a colored PowerPoint presentation which included many actual sites from the Internet to let parents  know what is available to their children. 

The parents who attended her workshop stayed past the initial time of presentation, because they were so enthralled by her presentation.  Every catechetical program or Catholic School ’s Home and School Association must have her give a lecture. 

Although Elizabeth explained that there are many wonderful usages of the Internet, there are also bad neighborhoods and predators out there in cyber space.  She not only instructed parents, but also lent a supporting hand in how to combat these bad sites. 

As a mother, political activist and computer tech, she offers a helping hand to parents who might not be so computer savvy.  This she does by her web site http://www.moralert.com/, and also by e-mail if people have any questions. 

The sad thing about technology is that at times, children know more than adults.  Elizabeth Racine’s lecture, web site, and continued e-mail support will help adults catch up.

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Brighenti
Pastor of St. Ann Church, Raritan, New Jersey
Co-Host of EWTN’s “Council of Faith”
Author of Catholicism for Dummies and John Paul II for Dummies

 

 

Parent and Teacher Reviews:

 

Mariette Danilo, Adult Faith Formation Director at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Doylestown, Pennsylvania:

“Do not miss this one! An eye opening, riveting, and sometimes scary exploration into the world our children must navigate every day. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Beth Racine has done a thorough job of researching solutions and offers parents the knowledge and tools needed to win this battle. Be sure and keep a pencil and pen in hand as she is a storehouse of information to be shared.

One woman, needing to use the restroom, ran out of the presentation, down the hall saying, “I have to hurry- I don’t want to miss even a minute of this woman - this is unbelievable!”---and down the hall she went!!” 

 

Feedback from Attendees

“…Before this presentation, I thought everything was fine. It turns out, I didn’t even know enough to realize how much I needed this presentation. All parents need to see this…”

“Elizabeth has an amazing grasp of the problem; excellent presentation”

“Practical Info Powerfully Presented”

“Excellent Content--all parents need to see this”

“Should be mandatory for all parents at school and in Religious Education Classes.”

 “Very enlightening; it changed my views of this problem.”