|On Line Safety for Children:
A Primer for Parents and Teachers
November 9, 1999
online community created by the Information Age offers children and teens
unparalleled educational and recreational opportunities. Industry
experts estimate that more than 10 million children currently go online
and, by year 2002, 45 million children will use cyberspace to talk with
friends, complete homework assignments, or explore the universe.
While children are a mouse-click away from our greatest libraries, museums,
and universities, they are also a click away from abusive language, inappropriate
material, and in the worst cases, manipulation and exploitation.
decision about how to address the issue of Internet safety for children
is an important and complicated one for parents and educators. This
mix of risk and opportunity creates fundamental questions for a society
predicated on free speech and equal opportunity. How can parents
and educators balance safety concerns while encouraging children to participate
in the full measure of the Internet’s education and recreational opportunties?
Who is responsible for children’s safety on the Information Highway?
And what role should government play?
Tuesday, November 9, 1999 the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention, with the support of the National School Boards Association
and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, hosted a national
satellite videoconference to address the growing concerns of online safety
and provide important information for parents and teachers to utilize to
ensure that children are safe while they “surf.”
This live videoconference
was designed to:
regarding the online dangers of the Internet and encourage the development
of safe online practices;
Discuss the principles
and policy implications for parents and educators;
that parents, educators, and others can implement to protect children from
the hidden dangers of the Internet.
The Juvenile Justice Teleconference
For More information, please contact:
Jenny McWilliams at 859-622-6671
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