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Smith Promotes Online Safety Education

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Location: Washington, DC

Smith Promotes Online Safety Education

Joins with Congressional Leaders, Policy Makers and Private Sector in Launching National Partnership for Safe Computing

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) today joined other Congressional leaders, policy makers and private sector companies in launching the "National Partnership for Safe Computing," an effort to promote better awareness of online safety and cyber security.

"While the advent of the Internet has revolutionized our everyday lives, it has also created new opportunities for criminals and additional challenges for law enforcement officials," said Congressman Smith. "Education and public awareness are critical to preventing online crimes, including the sexual exploitation of children and the theft of personal information. I am pleased to be a part of this important initiative and remain committed to ensuring that all Americans have the resources, tools and information they need to stay safe online."

"The Partnership demonstrates not only the leadership of the private sector, but also those Members of Congress who have rolled up their sleeves to help Internet users and parents across America take control of their online experiences," said Tim Lordan, Executive Director of the National Partnership for Safe Computing.

According to a new Zogby poll on Internet safety, parents are increasingly concerned about the effect of social networking sites on their children's privacy and are uncertain of where to turn for advice on parenting in the digital age. Of those polled, 72.2% agreed that the Internet—specifically social networking—is eroding younger people's respect for their own personal privacy.

As Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Smith is a leading voice in the charge against online crime, cosponsoring legislation to help protect children from online sexual predators and prevent identity theft.

Congressional members of the National Partners for Safe Computing include: Representative Melissa Bean (D-IL); Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA); Representative Thelma Drake (R-VA); Representative Mark Kirk (R-IL); Representative Randy Kuhl (R-NY); and Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX).

Private sector partners include: American Library Association; AT&T; Comcast; Common Sense Media;; CyberSmart!; Federal Trade Commission; GetNetWise; i-SAFE; iKeepSafe; National Cyber Security Alliance; NCTA/Cable in the Classroom; Qwest Communications; TRUSTe; Verizon; and Web Wise Kids.

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