Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Parry Aftab on GMA: Girl Scouts and Internet Safety


Parry Aftab appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, Feb 14 to discuss a partnership between her and the Girl Scouts and Microsoft to promote online safety. One of the tips offered today on the show was that parents set up profiles themselves on Facebook or Myspace if their kids have them in order to monitor who make themselves “friends” and who try to contact them.

There is a website for this effort called “LMK: Life Online by Girl Scouts and Windows” link here. Tab 5 is Parry Aftab’s essay question Q&A on the difference between online and offline risks. Contrary to horror movies, no one can “pull you into the computer” but they can court and try to manipulate you, she said.

Aftab says she will soon have a meeting with the Obama White House on internet safety for minors.

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