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An attempt to create a safe
place on the Internet
and elsewhere.
Links to anti-bullying sites.
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Part 3

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Subsequent activities:

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 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 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:

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

"Thank you for your interest in the domain space.

Please be advised that the space was indefinitely suspended effective July 27, 2012. You can read more about KIDS.US suspension here. Any future developments regarding the 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 generally: recommens that parents arm their children "... with the knowledge and skills needed to engage with the Internet in a responsible, appropriate, and enjoyable way."

Their web site has a list of some online dangers faced by all users of the Internet:

  • Catfishing attempts, where someone pretends to be a different person online;
  • Cyberbullying or online harassment, both from strangers and peers;
  • Cybersecurity threats, like phishing attempts, accidentally downloading malware, and phone scams;
  • Sexual predators;
  • Someone stealing private information or committing identity theft;
  • Viewing content that is truly inappropriate for their age.

Other links include:

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About credit reports:

Normally, a child does not have a credit report. If one is present, it could indicate identity theft. 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."


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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 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 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 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:
  2. `The ABC television networkbecomes first broadcast network to partner with KIDS.US, 2004-APR-01, at:
  3. "FAQ," BulkRegister®, at: This is a PDF file.

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Originally written: 2005-JUN-18
Latest update: 2020-NOV-16
Author: B.A. Robinson
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