Online Safety Panel
danyah of boyd just made a wonderful point. We often talk about the need for “parents to be involved.” but the most at-risk child do not have involved parents. She goes on to say the important thing is to realize that there is great diversity in today's youth.
Danah also stressed that we have to evaluate the interventions. There are many, many interventions offered for online safety of children. But there are very few evauations. We dont know what works and what does not. Even worse, sometimes, there are unintended consequences.
Torrie Clark of Comcast said that the most important thing is “shared responsibility.” There is not one that will solve this – govt, industry, parents and educators all have to play a role.
Pretty obvious, isn't it?
As always, our question is - What tools and resources are available, how much are families aware of them, and how easy are they to use? In this area, it appears that we still have a long way to go.]]>
This is interesting because the FCC has had a Parents Place for years. So I think this is really the official relaunch. At this point here is what it offers:
The discussion forums may turn out to be the most interesting part of the site. But I do hope that there would be more resources posted. How about links to the many organizations that offer resources for parents, for example?]]>
While this is clearly a victory for the broadcast networks and freedom-of-speech advocates, it poses a significant challenge for parents. The case had its origins in the rock star Bono's exclamation, "this is really f..... brilliant!" at a Golden Globes Award ceremony in 2004. With this new ruling, what are parents to do? This is a question the broadcast networks are not clear about. We assume they want families to watch awards shows like the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards with their children.
As always, we are not advocating censorship. Rather, if we are going to provide maximum freedom of expression for TV and other media, then we also have to equip families and consumers with the tools to select what content they want in their homes and what content they want to keep out. That is a conversation that is long overdue.]]>
From the ratings perspective this offers both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is that it appears that children sitting at a game console will now that access to a wide range of cable TV and movie content. But if it is all integrated into one place, then this increases the possibility of an integrated platform of ratings/controls to help parents monitor the content.]]>
The reality, of course, is somewhere in between, as a Harris poll of 411 parents of children aged between 6-18 from 2007 indicates. Consider these findings:
The results seem to suggest that parents see the Internet as needed and necessary for their children. They are aware that Internet use exposes their children to inappropriate content and are doing what they can to protect their children. And I suspect they would welcome all the help they can get all of us in the policy world.]]>