IN SUPPORT OF A CYBER-SAFETY CONSTITUENCY!
To Whom It May Concern: As a technology executive involved in the early internet (Sun Microsystems and partnerships with Excite, Travelocity, and Verisign), a parent of three teenagers, and the CEO and founder of a Generation-Y oriented website, www.bluechowder.com , I have spent extensive time and money researching the internet experiences of teens and 20-something's. After reading some of their survey response comments (below), you must agree that we have a responsibility to create a Cyber-Safety Constituency! *What concerns you about the Internet culture of today? * * The amount of porn and how accessible it is, and the amount of sexual advertising. (Alex, age 18) * A lot of great information and truths, but a perilous journey to find it (David, age 25) * The access to obscene materials (Ryan, age 17) * Overabundance of sexploitation (Paul, age 27) * MySpace (Jacob, age 20) * It is allowing people an escape from reality and allowing people to get involved in many dark habits including pornography and chatrooms (Caleb, age 19) * I'm worried about how easy it is to find garbage and how quickly it finds you (Scott, age 27) *What was your worst Internet experience? * * Unwanted sexual solicitations (Scott, age 27) * Creepy guys (stalking me) on MySpace (Bethany, age 19) * MySpace.com (Jacob, age 20) * Pop-ups, especially for porn-related things (Lauren, age 18) * MySpace: Unwanted soft-core pornography = advertisements (Caleb, age 19) * Looking for lyrics to a song by Hillsong United (and the site that came up) had the lyrics mixed in with pornographic pictures and videos (Rachel, age 23) * Visiting (innocuous) sites and getting hit with Pop-up ads or banner ads of (scantily clad and/or naked) women (Paul, age 27) *Have you ever been exposed to unwanted sexual content on the Internet? * * 93% answered yes! Please join me in supporting this absolutely necessary Cyber-Safety constituency! Sincerely, Stephen Thesing CEO & Founder BlueChowder.com and Xzoosia, Inc. 858-759-3292 office 858-386-3776 mobile 858-759-9682 FAX steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx