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Concerns And Challenges Of The Use Of Internet For Children
by Minal Morarji

Suggested Websites

Become familiar with potential risks your child faces on-line, Los Angeles Times tech columnist Larry Magid outlines the issues.
http://www.safekids.com

A coalition of Internet corporations and public-Interest organizations,. It's considered the industry standard for child-safety advice.
http://www.getwise.org

This site is clearinghouse for information on blocking and filtering software, pareent- and kid-friendly sites and agencies and organizations that focus on Internet-related issues:
http://www.smartparent.com

Unlike some safety sites, this one isn't overly alarmist. It offers sound advice and has a searchable database for recommendations on safety-product purchases:
http://familypc.zdnet.com/safety

A how-to on keeping kids from inappropriate material without loooking over their shoulders. It has also complied 75 "top sites" for children:
http://www.netparenting.com

The American Library Association links to more than 700 safe Web sites for "kids and the adults who care about them," along with safety tips:
http://www.ala.org/sitemap.html

This Internet safety organization, which clamins to be the largest sponsored by Guardian Angels, who patrol the Net looking for inappropriate material. Executive directory Parry Aftab authored "The Parent's Guide To Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace.":
http://www.cyberangels.org

Chapter two of this "Parent's Guide to the information Superhighway" advises on when children are ready for the Net. Chapter three tells you how to keep them safe:
http://www.childrenspartnership.org

Interactive fables might suit younger Netizens best. This Disney site has three "comix" dedicated to adventures in cbyerspsafety, starring classic 'toon characters:
http://www.disney.go.com/cybernetiquette

The serch engine for kids. Lets them do what they do best: ask questions like "Why is the sky blue?" Then sends them to one site about the atomosphere so that they don't have to scroll endlessly:
http://www.ajkids.com

Another search engine greared towards kids 7-12. Screened for kid-appropriate content:
http://www.yahooligans.com

A searchable alamanac with access to concise facts about the world, The United States, people, sports, etc.:
http://www.kids.infoplease.com

New US, "Children Online Privacy Protection Act" law, prohibits children under 13 use of icq. Parents please read:
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/kidzprivacy/index.html



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