Thursday, June 5, 2008

Media Companies Getting Involved in Internet Safety

The internet safety resources just keep on coming. According to a recent press release, Comcast is offering the PBS Frontline documentary, Growing Up Online free On Demand. This documentary is an excellent look into the online lives of teenagers and worth watching. has included new resources on its internet security website including a "for kids" page that contains games and downloads featuring Faux Paw the internet safety techno cat. Faux Paw is a character from has a very comprehensive internet safety website with a whole section devoted to Faux Paw. There is a section for educators which includes a quiz game that teachers can use in the classroom to test students' knowledge about the internet. The educators section also has downloadable resources for teachers to use in the elementary, middle and high school classroom. I haven't seen these resources yet, but I plan on downloading them and checking them out. There are also free presentations that teachers can download for students and parents.

Meanwhile, Information Week reports that Verizon has plans to provide free access to parental controls over the internet. Verizon Broadband subscribers will have free content filtering available to them that can block children from visiting inappropriate websites. The announcement was made at WiredSafety's International Stop Cyberbullying Conference.

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