Washington, D.C.

Wireless Online Safety: Keeping Kids Safe in a Mobile Environment

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April 22, 2009
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Washington, DC


Overview

April 22, 2009
 - 
Washington, DC

Over 100 participants attended FOSI and The Wireless Foundation’s conference in Washington DC on April 22nd, bringing together some of the best thinkers in mobile safety, from child advocacy groups and mommy bloggers to online safety curriculum creators, the wider Internet industry, academics and researchers, policymakers and think tanks.

Keynote speeches came from FTC Commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour, Steve Largent, CEO, CTIA and Attorney General Douglas Gansler, Maryland.

Sessions included:

  • Wired to Wireless - Challenges & Opportunities, chaired by Stephen Balkam, FOSI
  • Tools For Parents - Strategies And Technologies For Wireless Kids, chaired by Adam Thierer, PFF
  • How Are Kids (Mis)Using Wireless Technology, moderated by Sharon Cindrich, Author
  • Privacy And Legal Issues With Children's Online Safety, moderated by Samir Jain, Wilmer Hale

The day’s sessions looked at how today’s wireless devices allow consumers to do a lot more than just make phone calls, meaning that mobile online safety has to become part of the wider discussion around online safety and how to keep our kids safe while they create content, contact peers, surf and share-on-the-move. We discussed how these capabilities now offer wireless users safety and convenience but also present certain risks, especially for children.

Download the agenda here and see a summary of the event's sessions and panels here.

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