SOURCE: Six Apart

September 27, 2007 11:09 ET

New Site Provides Safety Education for the Fixed and Mobile Social Web

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - September 27, 2007) - As students go back to school this fall, the Internet is going with them, thanks to cell phones and other mobile devices that allow kids to text, update social networking profiles and even report their location to others -- far from the comfort and safety of their homes. And of course young people continue to access the Net from personal computers.

"Parents can no longer control their children's Internet activity by monitoring the home PC," said Larry Magid, co-director of the new ConnectSafely.org. "The Internet is everywhere. The best way to keep kids safe is to make sure they understand the risks as well as the benefits of both the fixed and mobile Internet."

That's the goal of ConnectSafely.org, a new nonprofit Web site from the creators of BlogSafety.com, SafeKids.com and NetFamilyNews.org.

ConnectSafely.org is the new name and Web environment for BlogSafety.com -- a forum that was founded a year ago with support from leading social networking companies.

The new site will continue to help parents and teens with issues related to social networking sites but will also support social safety on all devices. "Net-enabled devices that kids use while away from home present new challenges," added co-director Anne Collier. "Some can even transmit the user's location to others."

ConnectSafely will also continue to offer its popular interactive forum where parents, teens and experts exchange information on a daily basis. The forum provides a place to ask questions and get results, often solving vexing problems in a matter of minutes.

New to the site are frequently updated articles and advice, new safety tips, safety videos and animations and both staff and guest commentaries to help parents and policy makers grapple with issues related to Internet safety.

ConnectSafely is the only place you can find commentaries from a number of the world's leading Internet safety experts, including Ernie Allen, CEO of the National Center for Missing Children, Stephen Balkam, CEO of Family Online Safety Institute, John Carr, Internet adviser to the UK government, Stephen Carrick-Davies, CEO of Childnet International, Enough is Enough chair Donna Rice Hughes, veteran family-tech journalist Robin Raskin, Progress and Freedom Foundation's Adam Thierer, and Nancy Willard, director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use.

In addition to exclusive videos the site will feature compelling animated shorts to inspire teens to exercise a bit of caution while at the same time assuring parents that there is no need to panic.

The site is directed by Larry Magid and Anne Collier and the forum is managed by Maureen Kochan with illustrations from award-winning cartoonist, John Grimes. Technology journalist Larry Magid is founder of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com and a regular contributor to CBS News, the New York Times and the San Jose Mercury News. He is the author of "Child Safety on the Information Highway," first published in 1993 by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Anne Collier is founder and executive director of the nonprofit Tech Parenting Group and editor of NetFamilyNews and a former international reporter for the Christian Science Monitor. Larry and Anne are co-authors of "MySpace Unraveled" (Peachpit Press, 2006).

ConnectSafely.org continues to receive support from its original underwriters: AOL, Bebo, Facebook, Hi5, MySpace, SixApart and Tagged and is pleased to welcome Google and Loopt as new sponsors. Liveworld continues to host the site's interactive forum.

Contact Information

  • Press Contacts:

    Maureen Kochan
    Connect Safely
    (760) 586-6913

    Larry Magid
    Connect Safely
    (650) 292-2417

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