Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Report: Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies

Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies

Final Report of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force to the Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking of State Attorneys General of the United States

Published January 14, 2009

Authored by John Palfrey, Dena Sacco, danah boyd, Laura DeBonis, Internet Safety Technical Task Force

The Internet Safety Technical Task Force was a group of Internet businesses, non-profit organizations, academics, and technology companies that joined together to identify effective tools and technologies to create a safer environment on the Internet for youth. It was created in February 2008 in accordance with the "Joint Statement on Key Principles of Social Networking Safety" announced in January 2008 by the Attorneys General Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking and MySpace. The Task Force was directed by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. It submitted its Final Report to the Attorneys General in December, 2008.

[http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/publications/2009/ISTTF_Final_Report]

The Internet Safety Technical Task Force was created in February 2008 in accordance with the Joint Statement on Key Principles of Social Networking Safety announced in January 2008 by the Attorneys General Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking and MySpace. The scope of the Task Force's inquiry was to consider those technologies that industry and end users - including parents - can use to help keep minors safer on the Internet.

Source

[http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/publications/2009/ISTTF_Final_Report]

Download the Final Report

The Internet Safety Technical Task Force was created in February 2008 in accordance with the Joint Statement on Key Principles of Social Networking Safety announced in January 2008 by the Attorneys General Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking and MySpace. The scope of the Task Force's inquiry was to consider those technologies that industry and end users - including parents - can use to help keep minors safer on the Internet.

Source

[http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/pubrelease/isttf/]

Also Available As A Navigable Document

[http://www.scribd.com/doc/10276242/Enhancing-Child-Safety-and-Online-Technologies]

News Coverage

Chronicle of Higher Education / Wired Campus / January 13 2009 / Report Weighs the Benefits and Risks of Social Networks

[http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/article/3554/guest-blogger-report-weighs-the-benefits-and-risks-of-social-networks]

New York Times / Internet / January 13 2009 / Report Calls Online Threats to Children Overblown

[http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/14/technology/internet/14cyberweb.html]

1 comment:

pcpandora said...

I think everyone needs to take a step back and realize this: the same media that hyped Internet predators on social networks is now glorifying obvious results (to those of us embedded in the issue) that show the fears are overblown and that cyberbullying is a bigger issue.

Bottom line: The predators do exist, but the threat of cyberbullying is far greater. Predators we have to hunt down and lock up. Cyberbullies live in your home. The real message here is parental involvement and awareness. Know how your child acts online towards others and how they participate in the digital world. Know where they go and who they talk to and how. You don’t have to spy and analyze, but you should simply know.

I firmly believe that we could take a huge step towards a ‘nicer’ internet and less bullying if every parent today just said “no more” and went back to basics with their parenting messages: Play nice with others. I ranted a bit here is you are interested: Internet Predator Fears and Social Networking Woes… Overblown?
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