Discussion Panel to Address Roles for Parent, Policymakers
WASHINGTON D.C. - On October 3rd, authors of three recent books on keeping children safe online will participate in a panel discussion on the variety of tools and methods available to parents for ensuring minors are protected from unwanted content and contact on the Internet. "Cyber-Safety in a Web 2.0 World: What Parents and Policymakers Need to Know," an event host by The Progress & Freedom Foundation, will feature debate and discussion on both parental tools and the role of government in protecting children. Representative Melissa Bean (D-IL 8th), sponsor of a bill promoting Internet safety education, is scheduled to speak at the event.
Adam Thierer, PFF Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Digital Media Freedom, will act as moderator of the event. He is the author of "Parental Controls and Online Child Protection: A Survey of Tools & Methods," a comprehensive listing of parental control tools, rating schemes, education efforts, and initiatives aimed at promoting online child safety. The discussion panel will include Sharon Miller Cindrich, author of "e-Parenting: Keeping Up with Your Tech-Savvy Kids," a guide for parents on communications and entertainment technologies. Cindrich is also author of the syndicated column "Plugged In Parent," which is published in multiple parenting magazines. Also joining the discussion will be Larry Magid, co-author of "MySpace Unraveled: A Parent’s Guide to Teen Social Networking." Magid, a well known technology journalist and Internet safety advocate, is a member of the board of directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the author of multiple Internet safety guides, founder of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com and co-director of BlogSafety.com. Completing the panel will be Nancy E. Willard, author of "Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn To Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly." Willard is the Executive Director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use and is a respected expert on youth behavior and information communication technologies.
"Cyber-Safety in a Web 2.0 World: What Parents and Policymakers Need to Know" will be held from noon to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, October 3rd in Room 121 in the Cannon House Office Building. Lunch will be served. Those wishing to attend can register online. General questions can be addressed to Brooke Manno at email@example.com or 202-289-8928. Members of the press should contact Amy Smorodin at 202-289-8928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.