Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) January 15, 2009
Linda Criddle, founder of LOOKBOTHWAYS, Inc., an online safety consulting, education, and software company, moderated a panel discussion on "Internet Safety Without the Scare Tactics" at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Friday, January 9, 2009. The discussion, which attracted several hundred people, was part of the "Kids@Play: Building a Smarter World" series and focused on how online safety advocates, the media, and educators should speak about Internet safety. Part of CES, an international conference bringing together those involved in consumer electronics products, Kids@Play is an exhibit area that examines how today's digital toys, services and devices are preparing kids for life in the 21st century.
The panel included Anton Van Deth, Director of Marketing for Symantec's Family Safety Products, Dona Fraser Director of Privacy for ESRB, Tori Case, VP of Product Management at CyberPatrol, and Aaron Kenny Chief Technology Officer for InternetSafety.com.
The panel discussion focused on four primary topics, including:
- The need for hype-busting - helping identify where concerns should be placed rather than sensationalism around a few topics like sexual predation;
- The need for parents to parent in the Internet age - and the need to provide the tools and information parents need to be successful in working with their children online;
- The need for quality education in 21st century tools for users of all ages to teach the skills needed for life online; and
- The social responsibility required of every Internet user - there is no online world and offline world, there is one world with many mediums for communication.
"The discussion was thought-provoking, the panelists had great insight, and audience participation was high. I'd say the session was a tremendous success," stated Linda Criddle. "CES provides a great opportunity to move forward the discussion on Internet safety. Educating others is both a personal passion and where I focus a considerable amount of my professional energy. Kids@Play brought together leading players in Internet safety technologies that have the ability to positively affect change and policy to enable a safer online environment."
A former Microsoft employee and mother of four, Criddle has spent the past 10 years dedicated to developing online safety technology, educating users in skills that keep them safer, and advocating for higher safety standards. She is a published author and frequently speaks to and consults with educators and law enforcement about Internet safety.
The International CES, with more than 130,000 attendees, is sponsored, produced and managed by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry. The conference took place January 8th to the 11th at the Las Vegas Hilton and The Venetian. CEA represents more than 2,200 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of consumer electronics products.
About Linda Criddle and LOOKBOTHWAYS Inc.
Formerly an employee of Microsoft for 13 years and founder of LOOKBOTHWAYS Inc., Criddle is an expert in cybercrime and online safety. She holds over 30 patents in online safety technology and is the author of the award-winning book, Look Both Ways: Help Protect Your Family on the Internet. Criddle also created and teaches an online course in Internet Safety for Educators at two major universities, and is developing a full K-12 online safety curriculum, Skills for Life Online, scheduled to be made available for schools, organizations, and the public free of charge in the fall of 2009. Criddle has consulted with companies across the technology industry and with numerous law enforcement and government organizations in the US and internationally. Her book Using the Internet Safely for Seniors for Dummies (Wiley) will be published in April 2009.