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An attempt to create a safe
place for kids
on the Internet.
Links to anti-bullying sites.
Recommended books.

Part 3

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Subsequent activities:

The sunrise period for registration of trademarked names in the KIDS.US domain ended on 2003-AUG-15. General registration was activated by Neustar on 2003-SEP-8.

Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI) reported that over 1,700 web sites had been registered on KIDS.US by 2004-MAY-6, some nine months after registration started. 1 However, essentially all of them appear to be "parked domains." These are registered URLs with no actual content or web site attached. Most were probably purchased on speculation, with the assumption that KIDS.US would be wildly successful.

On 2004-APR-01, the ABC Television Network announced that it will be the first broadcast network with a web site on the KIDS.US domain. Alex Wallau, president of ABC said:

"Young people linking to www.ABCKids.kids.us will now have additional access to top-quality Internet fare that represents an extension of ABC’s popular Saturday morning kids’ lineup." 2

As of 2005-JUN-18, there were only 23 live web sites in the KIDS.US ccTLD -- an average of one addition per month. Initially, all of these web sites were linked to a menu at http://www.kids.us This compares with over 30,000 domains on .COM, .NET and .ORG that contain the word "kids." 3

NeuStar published a PDF brochure titled: `The Web`s first and only Child Friendly domain, at: http://www.cms.kids.us/

The KIDS.US experiment largely failed to reach its potential. On 2012-JUL-27, the http://www.kids.us web site consisted only of a brief message from Neustar:

"Thank you for your interest in the kids.us domain space.

Please be advised that the kids.us space was indefinitely suspended effective July 27, 2012. You can read more about KIDS.US suspension here. Any future developments regarding the kids.us space will be posted on this page, so feel free to check back from time to time.

Thank you for your continued interest in .US."

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Active Internet sites dealing with cyberbullying and child safety:

  • "Cyber Bullying: The Complete Resource Guide," at: http://backgroundchecks.org/

  • How to Protect Your Children on their Smartphone" at: https://www.tigermobiles.com/

  • Maria Korolov, "Parents Guide to Protecting Kids Online," at: https://thebestvpn.com/

  • "Kids - Safety Tips," Federal Bureau of Investigation, at: https://archives.fbi.gov/ This is an archived collection that is no longer being updated.

  • Anne Reeks, "Keeping Your Child Safe on the Internet," Parents magazine, 2017, at: http://www.parenting.com/

  • "Online Safety For Kids: Parents Think Their Children Are Safe Online, But Are They?," at: http://www.dare.org/

  • The FBI has a: "Safe Online Surfing (SOS) Internet Challenge" to promote cyber citizenship by educating students in third to eighth grades on the essentials of online security. See: https://www.fbi.gov/

  • The Canadian Center for Child Protection has a website for parents, teachers and others concerning http://www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca/ It "... raises awareness about all the things kids are doing online, the risks associated, as well as tips and safety strategies to keep them safe."

  • The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. See: http://www.cyberbullying.us/
     
  • CallerSmart.com has an informative article about all aspects of cyber bullying including a list of U.S. cyberbullying laws and sexting laws by state. See: https://www.callersmart.com/

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Recommended books dealing with safe use of the Internet by kids and cyberbullying:

Some of the following books are expensive, but are often available from Amazon.com in used condition for a lower price plus $3.98 US shipping.

  • book cover Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin, "Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying," Corwin Press, (2008). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store. This book received the maximum rating of 5 stars from Amazon customers.

  • book cover R.A. Kowalski, et al., "Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age," Wiley-Blackwell, (2012). Read reviews or order this book. This book received 3.5 stars from Amazon customers.

  • book cover Justin W. Patchin & Sameer Hinduja, "Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral," Free Spirit Publishing, (2013). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store. This book received the maximum rating of 5 stars from Amazon customers.

  • book cover Gregory S. Smith, "How to Protect Your Children on the Internet: A Road Map for Parents and Teachers," Praeger, (2007). Read reviews or order this book. This book received the maximum rating of 5 stars from Amazon customers.

  • book cover Nancy E. Willard, "Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn To Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly," Jossey-Bass, (2007). Read reviews or order this book. This book received 4.3 stars from Amazon customers.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "News from May 6-10,2004," Newsbriefs, Tech Law Journal, at: http://www.techlawjournal.com/
  2. `The ABC television networkbecomes first broadcast network to partner with KIDS.US, 2004-APR-01, at: http://www.cms.kids.us/
  3. "FAQ," BulkRegister®, at: http://www2.bulkregister.com/ This is a PDF file.

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Originally written: 2005-JUN-18
Latest update: 2017-JUN-16
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