This guide is designed to help parents, educators, other caregivers and policy makers gain an understanding as to how to best “protect” children on fixed and mobile network platforms.
What we’ve learned and what’s changed in 20 years Unlike the first 1993 edition of the guide, this version is based not only on 20 more years experience, but the latest research into how youth are using the Net, what works, and what are — and aren’t — likely risks.
We all need to be media literate so that we can help protect ourselves and those we care for.
Benefits of the Internet Unlike the first edition of this booklet, there’s no need to list all of the great things you can do online.
The vast majority are decent and respectful, but some may be rude, obnoxious, insulting, or even mean and exploitative.All-new content: This guide was originally written in 1993 for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), and slightly updated a few times until 2005.This is the first complete re-write that reflects not just changes in technology but what we’ve learned from all the great research of the past decade.Another big change over the past 20 years is that children are no longer just accessing the Net via computers.They are also going online with phones, tablets, Wi-Fi-equipped media players like the i Pod Touch, connected TVs and game consoles. Thanks to Google Glass, we can now access the web as we walk around and navigate through voice and eye movements. Most companies that provide Internet access, publish apps or run social media services try to provide their subscribers with an enjoyable, safe, and rewarding experience, but it’s not possible for these companies to monitor everyone who uses their service any more than a government can control the behavior of the people within its borders.but the Net has already had a profound — and extremely positive — impact that will only increase over time.