Common Sense Media and the California Attorney General to Hold Town Hall on Online and Mobile Protection for Kids

“Tracked Everywhere: What Parents Need to Know About Protecting Kids Online” will provide forum for parents to share concerns with industry leaders and policymakers tonight in Los Angeles
For immediate release
Monday, November 14, 2011

Los Angeles – Tonight, Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology, and the California Attorney General’s Office will hold a town hall about online child safety and privacy. “Tracked Everywhere: What Parents Need to Know About Protecting Kids Online” will bring parents and caregivers together with industry leaders at the Center for Early Education for an open discussion about online child safety, cyberbullying, and how kids’ information is being shared in a digital world.

Panelists and parents will discuss the current state of online child safety, cyberbullying, and the online tracking and profiling of kids, as well as the roles of parents, teachers, policymakers, law enforcement, and industry leaders in protecting kids online and on mobile platforms, now and in the future.

“Kids are being tracked online, and parents deserve to know the facts,” said James Steyer, CEO and founder, Common Sense Media, the host of the event. “This town hall is the second in our nationwide series of conversations with parents about the online tracking and profiling of kids and what parents think that industry and policymakers should be doing about it.”

In addition to Steyer, the panelists for tonight’s event include California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, and Mandeep Dhillon, co-founder of Togetherville and vice president, Disney Interactive.

“Incidents of cyberbullying, child predation, and child exploitation are rising at alarming levels,” said Attorney General Harris. “I’m happy to be a part of this town hall discussion with Common Sense Media. It’s my hope that these discussions with parents will help us encourage parents, schools, policymakers, and law enforcement to make the protection of children online a top priority sooner rather than later.”

The moderator for tonight’s panel is Willow Bay, senior editor of The Huffington Post and special correspondent for Bloomberg TV.

To RSVP for tonight’s event, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tracked-everywhere-what-parents-need-to-know-about-their-childs-online-privacy-tickets-2247269644. Members of the press should send an email to lisa@lisacohen.org. The event will be live blogged at Twitter at @CommonSenseNews using the hashtag #trackedkids. For more information about the “Tracked Everywhere” series of national town halls, visit www.commonsense.org/tracked-everywhere.

For more information about the California Attorney General’s Office, visit www.oag.ca.gov.

 

About Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our kids are growing up in a culture that profoundly impacts their physical, social, and emotional well-being. We provide families with the advice and media reviews they need in order to make the best choices for their children. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go to: www.commonsense.org.

 

Press Contacts:

Lisa Cohen
310-395-2544
lisa@lisacohen.org

Lynda Gledhill
415-703-5837
lynda.gledhill@doj.ca.gov

Colby Zintl
415-553-6753
colby@commonsense.org

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