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Handbook Promotes Online Safety for Children

6/9/2005:   The National PTA, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Girl Scouts of the USA have aligned to launch a technology and digital media education program for families nationwide. The new program--the Digital Living Project--includes an introductory, downloadable handbook about the importance of digital safety and ethics for children.

The guide includes topics for family discussion about various technologies used by kids, and how to create a plan to protect and keep children safe from inappropriate online material. According to the guide, the time kids spend on video games and computers has doubled since 1999, and 9 out of 10 children ages 8-16 have viewed pornography on the Internet. Also, according to the Girl Scout Research Institute, 30% of girls ages 13-18 report having been sexually harassed in a chat room.

Learn more about the Digital Living Project.

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