June 20, 2007
8:30 am - 11:00 am
National Press Club
Washington, DC 20045
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Thomas Lenard, Senior Fellow and Acting President, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
||Overview of Report
Adam Thierer, Senior Fellow, The Progress & Freedom Foundation and Author of Parental Controls and Online Child Protection: A Survey of Tools & Methods
||Panel Discussion: The State of the Market for Parental Controls & Online Child Safety
Stephen Balkam, Founder and CEO, Family Online Safety Institute
Jim Dyke, Executive Director, TV Watch
Simrin Mangat, Manager of Safety and Security, Fox Interactive Media Inc. (MySpace)
Michael McKeehan, Director of Internet and Technology Policy, Verizon
Rob Stoddard, Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Frank Torres, Director of Consumer Affairs, Microsoft Corp.
Patricia Vance, President, Entertainment Software Rating Board
What effect does media exposure have on our children? This question has sparked heated debates over the past few years. With the introduction of each new media format or technology, a fresh debate develops concerning the potential negative effects it might have on kids. Educators, parents, social scientists, media analysts and many others all offer their opinions but rarely are compromises reached. Some state that in order to protect children, government regulation is needed; others argue the fact that parents have many constructive alternatives. "There has never been a time in our nation's history when parents have had more tools and methods at their disposal to help them decide what is acceptable in their homes and in the lives of their children," concludes Adam Thierer, in his new book, "Parental Controls & Online Child Protection: A Survey of Tools and Methods."
This PFF event launched Thierer's book and discussed the market for parental control tools to restrict and tailor media content and online child safety. Joined by a panel of experts from numerous industry sectors, he leads a discussion walking through the many tools and methods available to parents today to help control media and keep their kids safe online. Television, cable, movie, video game, wireless, Internet and social networking controls and safety efforts were all debated.
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