FTC Promoting Online Child Safety

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The Federal Trade Commission reported to Congress it is getting the word out about Internet safety for children by heavily promoting a new free booklet, "Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online," to schools, law enforcement agencies and PTAs across the U.S.

"Net Cetera" explains to parents and their children how to deal with issues such as social networking, cyberbullying, using mobile phones safely, and protecting the family computer from viruses.

The booklet is written in plain language and does not require readers to be technologically savvy. It is the most recent addition to the OnGuardOnline.gov consumer education campaign, which helps people guard against Internet fraud, secure their computers, and protect their privacy.


"With more than a million copies distributed in just over four months, Net Cetera is a runaway hit," said David Vladeck, Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection.

"It's proof that people want to have continuing conversations with their kids about communicating online."

The FTC created "Net Cetera" in response to a Congressional mandate in the Broadband Data Improvement Act, and has promoted it through its OnGuardOnline.gov campaign. The campaign includes 13 other federal agencies as partners and centers on a Web site of the same name.