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Improving Child Online Protection

  • To: <stld-rfp-xxx@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Improving Child Online Protection
  • From: "Mary Lou Kenny" <mlkenny@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 14:38:31 -0400
  • Importance: Normal

The Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) is an international, non-profit organization of Internet leaders committed to making the Internet safer for children, while respecting the rights of content providers. ICRA has long believed the best approach to protecting children online is through “user empowerment” – giving families the tools to control their online experience.  When used voluntarily, tools like ICRA’s empower families to assure their online experience supports their values, without compromising free expression or undermining other users’ access to information.

 

ICRA has created a voluntary, internationally accepted self-labeling system that allows content providers to identify and label their website using pre-defined, cross-cultural categories. ICRA does not rate content.  Content providers do that, using the ICRA system. ICRA makes no value judgments about which sites are suitable for a child.  Parents and other concerned adults do that.

 

ICRA believes the best way to accommodate the global diversity of individual and family values and at the same time preserve the vibrancy of Internet content is to give families the tools they need to tailor their own Internet experience.  ICRA is therefore supportive of additional tools, like the proposed .xxx TLD that enhances a parent’s ability to protect their children online.

 

In addition to the philosophies of ICM Registry and ICRA being complementary, the technological solutions under consideration are of significant interest. Systems that allow content providers to describe their content at the point of domain registration and for those descriptions to be made available as labels to filtering tools would be to the advantage of parents and industry alike.

 

Mary Lou Kenny

Director North America

ICRA

Have you labeled your Website yet?  Checkout http://www.icra.org    TODAY!!!!

 



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