Archive for November, 2009

Yahoo! Making the Internet Safer

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Yahoo! has been a long-time leader and advocate for online child safety.  Over the years we have made it a priority to protect children online by creating the Yahoo! Safely website to educate parents and children, collaborating with child safety experts and organizations, hosting annual safety summits with educators, and participating in thought leadership events.

Most recently, I attended the Family Online Safety Institute’s (FOSI) online safety conference, which brings together leaders from government, industry, education and nonprofits to discuss how to best encourage responsible use on the Internet.   As a board member of FOSI, and passionate advocate for online child safety, I was honored to participate on a panel addressing how to get kids hooked on safety when they are young.  The panel discussed safety tools for children’s websites, how to encourage digital citizenship, and resources for parents.  The best practices that were shared included:  engaging parents in the content while their kids are young, providing activities that encourage families to extend their online experience away from the computer, and integrating easy tips about Internet Safety into the content.

Additionally, I was thrilled to support my esteemed colleague, Emily Hancock, in accepting the FOSI Award for Outstanding Achievement for her dedication to make the internet safer for everyone.  At Yahoo! we are all so proud of this recognition and continue to be inspired by Emily’s dedication to helping to protect children by driving improvements to products, services, and policies.  More on this achievement can be found on Yodel Anecdotal.

I look forward to continuing to share Yahoo!’s on-going efforts to help make the Internet a safer place for children.

Catherine Teitelbaum
Yahoo!’s Director of Child Safety and Product Policy