An attempt to create a safe
place for kids on the Internet.
Links to anti-bullying sites.
The sunrise period for registration of trademarked names in the KIDS.US
domain was closed during 2003. General registration was activated by Neustar.
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 ABCâs popular Saturday morning kidsâ 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."
Active Internet sites dealing with cyberbullying and child safety:
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/
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/
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/
Normally, a child does not have a credit report. If one is present, it could indicate identity theft. CreditCards.com recommends that parents check. Teens also need to check for credit reports in their names. Someone may have used their identity to open fraudulent accounts.
The Federal Trade Commission suggested:
"It’s a good idea to check whether your child has a credit report close to the child’s 16th birthday. If there is one -- and it has errors due to fraud or misuse -- you will have time to correct it before the child applies for a job, a loan for tuition or a car, or needs to rent an apartment."
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.
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.
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.