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Google, Keep Safe Coalition Launch Tour on Capitol Hill About Child Internet Safety

Google and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, a group formed by Utah's former first lady Jacalyn S. Leavitt, will host a panel tomorrow on Capitol Hill on Internet safety for children.

Here's one of several videos they've put together to help families navigate the dizzying array of online safety issues and details are on the Google public policy blog.

The panel discussion comes amid increasing anxiety about raising kids in a digitally rich world filled with wonders and pitfalls. A friend who teaches high school in Washington, D.C., told me last night over dinner that the top issue raised by parents of her students was not about homework or grades. They wanted to know how to keep their kids off Facebook, or at least keep them from doing things on the site that they fear their children will regret in the future. Another friend at the same dinner talked about she thought that violent videogames have become the equivalent of Playboy magazines stashed away by dads. Today, kids are sneaking into the applications of their parents' desktops and iPhones to play violent multi-player games, she said.

Last week I wrote about the Federal Communications Commission's review of the impact of digital media on kids. The agency is looking into the anxieties felt by many parents raising digitally savvy children amid a torrent of new technologies -- Twitter, multiplayer video games, text messaging -- that we're only begining to understand.

By Cecilia Kang  |  November 2, 2009; 1:25 PM ET
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I would like to see those same concerned parents bring their needs to COMPANIES TO SOLVE instead of more government.

If companies know that there is a market for this, they will come out with a product. If there is no market, then guess what... Those parents should take more interest in their childrens lives or remove the computer all-together.

I would rather pay money to a company generating jobs and commerce than a government group designed to throw more red tape in front of everyone while expanding deficits...

Posted by: ProveMeWrong | November 3, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

This is a waste of time and money. Or in Google’s case a shot at money they see at the end of the Rainbow. Online safety is a ridiculous term. I wonder if these parents put any though into real world safety. This is where the problem lies. If parents would simply be parents and talk to their children then we wouldn't be discussing it today. Quit turning non issues into issues when it's you're fault to begin with. I wonder if our grandparents had angst regarding the evolution of the telephone. LOL Online bullies, LOL logoff, walk away from the computer. Guess what??? Their not going to crawl through the wires to get you. Be smart, don’t post you’re full name, address or phone number. Nothing else is required. We don't need this BS we need parents to be involved.

Posted by: askgees | November 3, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that our major telecoms/ISPs/tech firms will be howling at any regulation: "this will stifle innovation, curtail consumer choice, and limit competition."

And, the ACLU and various nutjob left and right wing organizations will leap on the "privacy" issue, such as the insane association of librarians who firmly believe the FBI gives a rat's behind what YOU read.

Meanwhile, there are 170 Million Bots out there churning out crud, endless predators, and legions of cybercriminals collecting passwords, spewing malware, and wiring money to Tajikistan.

While "the big O" wants to post our medical records (DOB. SSAN. Names. Family members. Everything) online.

Brilliant move, Obama. The evidence is that electronic records do more harm than a paper record. And, who will profit? Oh, the people who donated to you in anticipation.

Some "consumer choice."

If the Soros and Gates 'libertarians' have their way, all our ID's will be for sale for pennies, instead of quarters, for sale to Russian carders.

Our PCs will be rolling porn sites. Our school computers will just be open drug and prostitution ad servers. And our government computers are already sucked dry by foreign governments.

But, wahhhh. The Big Bad Govment can't tell me what to do. The Big Bad G is watching me, scream the paranoids. The "consumer" wants more porno, spam, and ads.

Yeah. Google is one heckuva outfit to pretend they care about kids.

The Web today resembles the landscape of Wall-E. Utterly strewn with mindless garbage.

And no Google droid is out there cleaning it up.

They are just building bigger server farms and counting their riches.

Posted by: georgieporgie2 | November 3, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

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