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									    Children and Families

           Children & Families
    • Focus on the Internet
    • Children’s Needs
      – Education
      – Entertainment
    • Families’ Needs
      – Education
      – Protection

             Sample Websites
    • Playhouse Disney
    • International Children's Digital Library

          National School Boards
            Foundation Study
 • The main reason families buy computers and connect
   their children to the Internet at home is for education
 • The Internet does not disrupt children's everyday habits
   and typical, healthy activities
 • Contrary to conventional wisdom, the Internet does not
   appear to isolate children from their families, peers or
 • Girls use the Internet as much as boys, but in different
 • Schools have the opportunity to help narrow the gap
   between the haves and have-nots
 • Parents trust their children's use of the Internet; however,
4 they do have some concerns
               NSBF Guidelines
  • Take a balanced approach to policies and practices for
    children's use of the Internet
  • Pay as much attention to highlighting good content as to
    restricting bad content
  • Develop a plan to help schools, teachers and parents
    educate children about safe, responsible uses of the
  • Foster appropriate use of the Internet among
    preschoolers and other young children
  • Help teachers, parents and children use the Internet more
    effectively for learning
  • Use the Internet to communicate more effectively with
    parents and students
5 • Engage the community
    • Support for self-destructive behavior
      – E. g
    • Solicitation

 Children’s Internet Protection Act
• Schools and libraries must have internet safety policies
• Must include technology protection measures to block or filter
   Internet access to pictures that: (a) are obscene, (b) are child
   pornography, or (c) are harmful to minors, for computers that
   are accessed by minors.
• Required to adopt and enforce a policy to monitor online
   activities of minors; and
• Required to adopt and implement a policy addressing: (a)
   access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet; (b)
   the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail,
   chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic
   communications; (c) unauthorized access, including so-called
   “hacking,” and other unlawful activities by minors online; (d)
   unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal
   information regarding minors; and (e) restricting minors’ access
 7 to materials harmful to them.
    Deleting Online Predators Act
              of 2006
    •   Bill (not approved) that would block access
        to social networks and chat rooms for
        minors in all public libraries and schools that
        receive E-Rate funding
    •   Definition: FCC must determine, and
        1.   is offered by a commercial entity;
        2.   permits registered users to create an on-line profile that includes
             detailed personal information;
        3.   permits registered users to create an on-line journal and share
             such a journal with other users;
        4.   elicits highly-personalized information from users; and
        5.   enables communication among users.
    State Social Networking Laws
    • Georgia, North Carolina Protect Children
      From Sexual Predators Act: Social networks
      must require parental approval for minors to
      create profiles, and provide parents with full
      access to kid’s profiles
    • Oklahoma's HB 1715: libraries must block
      access to email and social networks, or block
      internet access totally for minors
    • Illinois Social Networking Prohibition Act:
      public libraries and schools must block all
      access to social networking sites for all users
9   • None passed yet

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