FCC chairman promotes safe childhood surfing


Three members of the Obama administration and the organizations they head have teamed up to produce and promote a booklet called “Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online.” The target audience is not children but rather their parents, helping them help the children navigate the internet safely.

Joining FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in unveiling the booklet were Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz.

According to an FCC release, the book covers many topics, “including social networking, cyberbullying, sexting, using mobile phones safely, and protecting the family computer.”

The booklet can be found at www.fcc.gov/parents/.

RBR-TVBR observation: There are definitely a ton of bad things for kids to get into when they are on the computer – broadcast programming doesn’t even come close. And of course, no child ever unleashed an appliance-eating virus on a television set simply by clicking on a channel, as can be done with a computer. We talk to our kids about this all the time – glad to see the FCC getting involved as well.