ONLINE SAFETY PANEL
WASHINGTON, DC (June 4, 2009) – ConnectSafely co-directors Larry Magid and Anne Collier have been selected to serve on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Online Safety and Technology Working Group. The Working Group, established in the “Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act,” will report to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information on child safety tools and efforts.
Anne Collier will serve as co-chair of the Working Group with Hemanshu Nigam of Fox Interactive. The Working Group’s first meeting will convene in Washington, D.C. on June 4, 2009.
“We are honored to participate in this vital national-level discussion about youth safety on the fixed and mobile Internet,” said Anne Collier, who is also founder and executive director of Net Family News, Inc. “We are very pleased that the Obama administration is bringing in a diverse group of experts to explore the best ways to protect the safety and privacy of our children,” said Larry Magid, who founded SafeKids.com in 1997 and wrote the original “Child Safety on the Information Superhighway” in 1994.
ConnectSafely.org’s latest safety aid for parents and educators is its printable “Tips to Prevent Sexting” (http://www.connectsafely.org/sexting), based on extensive consultation with law enforcement officials and legal scholars.
ConnectSafely also served on Harvard University’s Internet Safety Technical Task Force, appointed by 49 state attorneys general in 2008.
Based in Palo Alto and Salt Lake City, ConnectSafely is the leading interactive resource on the Web for parents, teens, educators, and everyone engaged and interested in youth safety on the fixed and mobile social Web. It was created in 2006 by Internet safety pioneers and journalists Anne Collier and Larry Magid.