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.
November 2, 2009; 1:25 PM ET
Categories: Google , Kids Online
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