As the use of the Internet has grown, so too have the challenges for parents who seek to create a safe and secure online environment for their children. NJCTA member companies, building on their long-standing commitment to addressing customer concerns about television and Internet content, are helping parents meet those challenges.
The cable industry is offering high-tech parental controls, customer awareness and education, and strategic partnerships with law enforcement.
A nationwide cable campaign organized by the National Cable Telecommunications Association and Cable in the Classroom is educating parents about how they can monitor and control what their children are watching. For more information, go to PointSmart.ClickSafe
Locally, New Jersey cable companies are providing free anti-virus software and firewall protection to their customers to protect them from online threats.
Cablevision's Power to Learn program includes an innovative curriculum called Internet Smarts. This signature initiative encourages parents and teachers to work with children to examine digital media issues. Internet Smarts provides a Family Resource Guide, interactive case studies, and an Internet Smarts certification program.
Meanwhile, Comcast and Time Warner have joined forces with several other media and telecommunications organizations to provide parents with an online safety information portal called "Project Online Safety." The project provides links to all of the partner companies' online safety resources and initiatives.