Online Safety Consortium Backs Education, Coordination
PointSmart.ClickSafe task force releases best practices guidelines
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/8/2009 11:16:43 AM
To make sure both parents and children are educated about online safety, the group recommends national coordination of the effort and sufficient resources.
That would include putting a "lead" federal agency in charge of marshalling an online safety and literacy effort.
Members of the PS.CS coalition include Comcast, Cox, Google, Verizon, Yahoo!, AOL, and Symantec form the industry side, as well as Common Sense Media, the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), and the PTA.
The best practices report, which is available online, specifically asks policymakers to emphasize digital media literacy in online safety education, create a set of national educational goals and a standard digital literacy curriculum, and making sure that any educational efforts are funded through competitive grants with periodic reviews of the process.
"NCTA is proud to have been part of this outstanding group of companies, educators, advocacy groups and online safety pioneers that all share the same goal of improving our Internet safety and education efforts," said NCTA President Kyle McSlarrow in the joint announcement of the guidelines. "This report and the best practice recommendations are the culmination of thoughtful discussion and constructive suggestions from all members of the task force. We will continue to do our part to help cable companies provide a safe and positive online environment for all."
Fraud and scams are rampant these days in the world of online business that is why PS.CS' initiative about online safety and literacy will definitely lessen these circulating bad business. These monsters exist on most of our online transactions even on our games subscriptions. Please check this article to learn more: www.goarticles.com/cgi-bin/showa.cgi?C=1738346
BillyAndrews - 7/9/2009 2:05:39 AM EDT
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