A (very) brief history of  US Internet safety Anne Collier Co-Director ConnectSafely.org
Internet safety laws CDA  – passed 1996, struck down in 1997 by U.S. Supreme Court  in unanimous decision  COPA  – passed ...
Internet safety education <ul><li>1 st  five years (‘95-’00) : No research,  law enforcement primary source, common sense ...
Decreased  exposure to harm <ul><li>In the US, 2000-’10, children’s exposure to online pornography declined 12% </li></ul>...
EU Kids Online: Risk vs. harm
US’s social-media technopanic
2008 ‘ Berkman ’ national task force <ul><li>Review of youth-risk research: </li></ul><ul><li>Harassment & cyberbullying =...
“ Promote digital citizenship in  pre-K-12 education as a national priority.” –  Youth Safety on a Living Internet: Report...
Thank you! <ul><li>Anne Collier </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
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A (very) brief history of Internet safety

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ConnectSafely co-director Anne Collier's talk at the Safer Internet Day conference in Moscow, February 7, 2012

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A (very) brief history of Internet safety

  1. 1. A (very) brief history of US Internet safety Anne Collier Co-Director ConnectSafely.org
  2. 2. Internet safety laws CDA – passed 1996, struck down in 1997 by U.S. Supreme Court in unanimous decision COPA – passed in 1998, immediately blocked by a federal court (only the beginning of its story) CIPA – became law in 2000; challenged in courts. Supreme Court upheld but modified CIPA in 2004.
  3. 3. Internet safety education <ul><li>1 st five years (‘95-’00) : No research, law enforcement primary source, common sense </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd five years : 1 st national task force; research emerged, but misrepresented </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd five years : Series of social-media panics </li></ul>
  4. 4. Decreased exposure to harm <ul><li>In the US, 2000-’10, children’s exposure to online pornography declined 12% </li></ul><ul><li>Declines in nearly all youth social problems in US: </li></ul>
  5. 5. EU Kids Online: Risk vs. harm
  6. 6. US’s social-media technopanic
  7. 7. 2008 ‘ Berkman ’ national task force <ul><li>Review of youth-risk research: </li></ul><ul><li>Harassment & cyberbullying = most common risk </li></ul><ul><li>Not all youth are equally at risk </li></ul><ul><li>A child’ s psychosocial makeup & environment are better predictors of online risk than the technology he or she uses </li></ul><ul><li>No single technological development can solve youth online risk </li></ul>
  8. 8. “ Promote digital citizenship in pre-K-12 education as a national priority.” – Youth Safety on a Living Internet: Report of the Online Safety & Technology Working Group Our report to Congress, June 2010...
  9. 9. Thank you! <ul><li>Anne Collier </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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