Campaign Informs Public about Internet Safety

T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education), November 1998 | Go to article overview

Campaign Informs Public about Internet Safety


A partnership of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and educational organizations has launched a multimillion dollar campaign to inform the public about the benefits and pitfalls of the Internet for children. The campaign, which arose out of an Interact Online Summit on child safety held last December, was unveiled at a National Town Hall in Washington, D.C.

Dubbed America Links Up, the campaign will reach communities across the country through hundreds of local Internet "Teach-Ins." These events will bring together parents, teachers, librarians and caregivers to discuss Internet basics and learn how to guide children's online activities. Nearly 250 events in more than 30 states have registered to participate in the campaign.

"We're answering the call from parents who want to know how to ensure that their children can reap the incredible rewards that the Internet has to offer while avoiding the risks," said Dennis Eckart, former Ohio Congressman and Executive Director of America Links Up. "We have constructed a far-reaching, integrated public education campaign that will raise awareness, deliver information and provide technological and non-technological tools to empower parents and other caregivers to provide guidance for their children online."

At the National Town Hall, Secretary of Education Richard Riley, joined by leaders of corporations and non-profit organizations, unveiled several core elements of America Links Up:

* A comprehensive, user friendly Web site (www. …

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