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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
is offered by a commercial entity;
permits registered users to create an on-line profile that includes
detailed personal information;
permits registered users to create an on-line journal and share
such a journal with other users;
elicits highly-personalized information from users; and
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
• None passed yet