I have designed the book, Kids Online, to be used as a public
awareness tool, a training manual and a "take action" plan for parents
and others involved in the supervision of children. Its one-stop
shopping manual on what you need to know to protect children on
the Internet- for the Internet savvy and the not-so-savvy novice.
It's the type of resource to always keep within arms reach of your
computer. I've designed this web site as a resource to complement
Kids Online and give you a thumb nail sketch of the information
contained in the book itself.
Parents are the first line of defense for protecting
their own children on the Internet. Simply by reading this book
and accessing this web site, you are increasing your awareness
of the issues surrounding child safety online and thereby becoming
better equipped to ensure that your child's online experience
is safe, educational, and entertaining.
You'll find additional resources in the appendices for your further
education and guidance. Because the Internet and surrounding technologies
are growing and changing every day, it is important for you to keep
as current as possible. I hope you will use these resources to further
your awareness. By accessing the information in the resource lists
and other appendices that provide pertinent web sites, you will
be able to get the most up-to-date information regarding child safety
and other issues. I've included links to many sites for your convenience
at www.protectkids.com. Again, this web site contains summaries
and highlights of the information and resources available in my
book. This is the beauty of the Internet - current information at
your fingertips, with a simple click of the mouse, twenty-four hours
a day, seven days a week.
It is my sincere hope that Kids Online and its accompanying
web site, www.protectkids.com will serve as a resource to empower
all child advocates--parents, educators, librarians, industry leaders,
law enforcement officials, politicians, community caregivers--to
join together to make the Internet safe, educational, and entertaining.
Our children deserve a protected space of innocence and nothing
For the sake of the children,
Donna Rice Hughes