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 12/19/07 - Safe Internet for Kids!

Dot to Dot: Creating Global Community

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When telecommunications executive Jeanette Symons' 7 year-old-daughter came home from a friend's house and asked if she could set up a page on MySpace, she panicked. She thought she was way too young to put herself out in cyberspace with no control over her activities. Her solution? She set up a server in her closet so she could connect online safely.
Soon, word spread through the neighborhood and dozens of kids started using Jeanette's closet server as a way to stay in touch and share their thoughts with each other online. As its popularity grew, so did her certainty that a truly safe online community accessible beyond the boundaries of her neighborhood was needed for tweens, and was born. is now a rapidly growing site used by tens of thousands of kids. In addition, hundreds of teachers across the nation have also jumped on board, using to teach their students about the Internet, post assignments, provide instant feedback on homework questions, and create blogs so kids can work together on projects.
Now the CEO of the Oakland, California-based, Jeanette Symons has become an expert in the critical issue of on-line safety for children. As a parent and creator of a secure, age-appropriate social networking site for tweens, she understands how to meet the needs of kids who want to connect with each other on the Internet, and parents who want more control and security in this vast and often uncharted arena.

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