Office of the District Attorney of Schuylkill County


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The following segments have been compiled by DA Holman and will highlight general tips/tricks for developing a safer community:

The Do’s and Don’ts for Keeping Kids Safe Online:

1. Position the home computer in a way that children cannot easily conceal what they are viewing.

2. Encourage children to only communicate with people whom they know and trust; instruct them not to post any personal information.

3. Children with access to smartphones must keep in mind that photos taken by mobile devices will contain concealed location information.

4. Utilize privacy and security settings available on web browsers to provide a basic filter for web content. Internet Explorer provides the most protection.  Install supplementary protection software to maximize security through more granular protection and monitoring.

5. Monitor your child’s browser history and downloaded files for suspicious content and to prevent cookies from being stored on your computer. This will minimize the amount of personal information that can be exploited from your child’s internet sessions.


Since 2012, minor’s involvement with social networking services (SNS) has risen to 96%.  It is reported that 69% of these users have received online communications from strangers. Common harmful interactions that children encounter online include cyber-bullying, coercion, pornography, drugs/alcohol, and violence. Dangers are not limited to content that a child receives, but also includes the information that a child makes public. Several web browser add-ons and software downloads are available to both prevent and/or monitor child activity.

 

HOW TO SET IT UP - Navigate to Tools>Internet Options>Content

Click (1) Parental Controls or click ENABLE UNDER or (2) Content Advisor to assign ratings to content categories

Under Parental Controls you can adjust how your children can use the computer. Set personalized restrictions based on time, game ratings, and computer programs.

Passwords – Create a password for your child’s account that only you and other adult supervisors know to ensure adult presence.

Time Restrictions – Set a time frame of acceptable computer use for your child that permits an adult to be present.

Content Advisor – Potentially harmful internet content is listed by category.  Select a category and use the slider to set filters for individual content.

Categories include:

 *Content that creates fear, intimidation, etc.

*Content that sets a bad example for young children

*Depiction of alcohol use

*Depiction of drug use

*Detection of gambling

*Depiction of tobacco use

*Depiction of weapon use

*Incitement/depiction of discrimination or harm

*Language

*Nudity

*Sexual material

*User-generated content

*Violence

*Set the slider to “None” or “Limited” for harmful content and set the slider to “Some” or “Unrestricted” for acceptable content. When a category is selected, a description of each category is listed under the slider, describing what your child will be able to view.

Understanding Open Carry In Pennsylvania:

1. What is the legal basis for open carry in PA? 

“Open carry”  is a term referring to the right of law abiding citizens 18 or older to display their firearm in public places without the need for a permit. The legal basis for this right can be found in the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution. The federal right has been further defined by the Pa. Uniform Firearms Act of 1995  which places restrictions on firearms owned by citizens of the Commonwealth.

2. What weapons are eligible for open carry?

Any pistol or revolver with a barrel length less than 15 inches, any shotgun with a barrel length less than 18 inches or any rifle with a barrel length less than 16 inches, or any pistol, revolver, rifle or shotgun with an overall length of less than 26 inches. The barrel length of a firearm shall be determined by measuring from the muzzle of the barrel to the face of the closed action, bolt or cylinder, whichever is applicable.  (Section 6102)

**Generally, no person shall carry a loaded pistol, revolver, shotgun or rifle in any vehicle.  There are exceptions relating to the game law (Title 34) and persons excepted from the requirement of a license to carry. Penalty is  a summary offense for which punishment is typically a fine.

3. When is open carry prohibited by law?

*Within the city limits of Philadelphia

*In any school

*In any courthouse

*In any federal facility

*In any state park

*In any adult and juvenile detention facilities

*In a motor vehicle –car/truck/boat/airplane (Whether worn by the driver or the passenger, openly displayed firearms must be removed prior to entering any vehicle and stored in the trunk of the vehicle)

*In a private business where that private business forbids it

4.  Under what circumstances may individuals carry a concealed weapon without a permit or openly carry a weapon in an otherwise prohibited location?

*Constables, sheriffs, prison or jail wardens, or their deputies, policemen, or other law enforcement

*Members of the armed forces

*Regularly enrolled members of any organization duly organized to purchase or receive weapons

*Any person engaged in target shooting while going to and from practice ranges –the firearm should not be loaded

*Officers or employees of the United States

*Agents/employees whose duties require them to protect monies and other valuable property

*Any person engaged in the business of manufacturing, repairing, or dealing in firearms

*Any person while carrying a firearm, which is not loaded and is in a secure wrapper from the place of purchase to his home or place of business, or to place of repair, sale or appraisal, a place to teach the safe handling, etc.

*Persons licensed to hunt, take furbearers or fish, if such persons are actually engaging in that activities

*Persons training dogs

*Any person while carrying a firearm in any vehicle, which person possesses a valid and lawfully issued license for that firearm

*A person who has a lawfully issued license to carry a firearm and that said license expired within 6 months prior to the date  of arrest and the person is eligible for renewal

*Any person who is otherwise eligible to possess a firearm and who is operating a motor vehicle which is registered in the person’s name or their spouse

*A person lawfully engaged in the interstate transport of a firearm 

Open carry is a constitutional citizen right; however, carrying a concealed firearm still requires a permit.

Understanding the Fireworks Law:

The term “consumer fireworks” shall mean and include:

Any combustible or explosive composition or any substance or combination of substances intended to produce visible and/or audible effects by combustion and which is suitable for use by the public that complies with the construction, performance, composition and labeling requirements promulgated by the Consumer Products Safety Commission. The term does not include devices as “ground and hand-held sparkling devices,”  “novelties,” and “toy caps,” the sale, possession, and use of which shall be permitted at all times throughout this Commonwealth.

 

The governing body of the municipality shall require a bond deemed adequate by it from the licensee in a sum not less than $500.00 conditioned for the payment of all damages, which may be caused either to a person or persons, or to property by reason of the licensed display and arising from any acts of the licensee, his agents, employees or subcontractors. “Municipality”  means cities, boroughs, incorporated towns, and townships.  “Licensee” means you, the individual who will be displaying the fireworks.

 

Applications for licenses to sell consumer fireworks shall be submitted to the Department of Agriculture on forms prescribed and provided by the department.  The license application shall be accompanied by an annual license fee of $5,000 per location.  Facilities shall be inspected by the Dept of Agriculture within 30 days of receipt of a complete application for license. The Dept of Agriculture shall issue a license, or deny a license, within 14 days of completing the inspection.  A license shall be effective for one year from the date the license is issued and renewal of a license shall be automatic upon payment of the license fee.  No license shall be issued to any convicted felons or to any entities where a convicted felon owns any percentage of the equity interest in such entity.


The operation of a consumer fireworks facility shall be exclusively dedicated to the storage and sale of consumer fireworks with certain requirements:

1. There shall be security personnel on the premises for the 7 days preceding and including July 4 and for the 3 days preceeding and including Jan 2.

2. No smoking in the facility

3. No cigarettes or tobacco products, matches, lighters, or any other flame-producing devices shall permitted at the facility

4. No minors shall be permitted in the facility without an adult

5. All facilities shall carry at least 2 million dollars in public and product liability insurance

6. A licensee shall provide its employees with documented training in the area of operational safety of a facility

7. No display fireworks shall be stored or located at a facility

8. No person who appears to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs shall be admitted to the facility, and no liquor, beer, or wine shall be permitted in the facility

9. No consumer fireworks or display fireworks shall be ignited within 300 feet of a facility

10. Emergency evacuation plans shall be conspicuously posted in appropriate locations within the facility


Penalties for illegal sales of fireworks:

*A Summary Offense if using consumer fireworks punishable by a fine of not more than $100.00

*A Misdemeanor of the 2nd degree if selling consumer fireworks

*A Felony of the 3rd degree if selling display fireworks

*A Felony of the 3rd degree if selling M-80s, M-100s, blockbusters, cherry bombs, or quarter or half stick explosive devices