"Tokyo Conference on the Internet and Children"
− Creating a Fun and Safe Internet Environment for Children −

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Date  :
January 24, 2004 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Venue  :
Tokyo International Forum, 7th floor "Hall D7"

Sponsor  :
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Host  :
Internet Association Japan (IAjapan)

Support  :
National Congress of Parents and Teachers Association of Japan

Cooperation  :
Internet Hotline Expert Network



13:00-13:10 "Opening"
"How to be a Net-Mom or Net-Dad: Teaching Media Literacy"

<Brief summary of speech> Jean Armour Polly will describe how and why she took on the role of Net-mom, and developed her book and database of more than 3,500 recommended web sites for children. Jean believes that the most common danger on the Internet is not pedophiles lurking behind every web site, but misinformation contained in web sites, email, and other online information resources. Parents should definitely teach their kids Internet safety rules, but they shouldn't think their jobs are done. Just as important is teaching children to evaluate information on their own. Not everything on the Internet is true, authoritative, or right for kids to use. Learn how to become a Net-mom or Net-dad, and teach your children media literacy-- that skill will follow them throughout their lifetimes.
<Speker's profile> Jean Armour Polly is known as Net-mom ® (http://www.netmom.com/) and is the author of six editions of Net-Mom's Internet Kids & Family Yellow Pages (Osborne McGraw-Hill). Under her Net-mom brand, she is a private consultant, writer and speaker. She is currently the website reviewer for CommonSenseMedia.org. Past clients include America Online and Disney Online. She is also employed by the Liverpool (NY) Public Library as Assistant Director and Administrator of Systems and Technology. Author, librarian, and mom, Jean has been exploring the Internet since 1991, and is widely credited with popularizing the phrase "Surfing the Internet."
"The Changing face of the Net-Challenges and opportunities for Children."

<Brief summary of speech> Childnet's mission is to work with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. See www.childnet-int.org).
In his presentation, Stephen Carrick-Davies, Childnet's CEO will highlight some of the changes in the way young people are using the Internet and the challenges this brings to both parents and teachers who have a duty of care but sometimes struggle to keep up with their children in this area.
Stephen will share valuable lessons learnt from Childnet's work in promoting the positive, inspiring ways children can use the Internet for good. Drawing on 6 years experience of running Childnet's international awards programme (see www.childnetacademy.org). Stephen will also outline the opportunities there are to support young people and learn from them as they create their own learning and entertainment resources.
Stephen will go on to review some of the important online safety issues and the shared responsibility that all sectors have to ensure that children are protected online. Childnet has been a member of the UK Government's Task Force on child protection on the Internet and with funding from the UK government has been heavily involved in running internet awareness programmes in schools and in the community. Stephen will share lessons learnt from these campaigns and how best to communicate the safety issues in a balanced, engaging and positive way. He will outline lessons learnt from Childnet's award winning resources such as www.kidsmart.org.uk and www.net-detectives.org, www.chatdanger.com

<Speker's profile> Stephen took over as the Chief Executive of Childnet International in October 2003, having been the deputy CEO since 1998. Over this time Stephen has led the development of Childnet's award winning Education and Awareness projects as well as being responsible for expanding the international Childnet Awards and Academy programmes which rewards young people who are developing outstanding innovative Internet based projects which benefit other young people. He has an honours degree from the University of London in Education and Communication.
15:00-17:00 Panel Discussion:
"How we construct an environment of the pleasant and safer Internet for children"

Dr. Kanji Akahori,
Professor of Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology
<Brief summary of speech> When discussing about the children's use of the Internet, we tend to focus on the negative aspects. The Internet is just a tool and the key to child education is the quality of communication between children and their parents. At this panel discussion I would like to discuss this matter focusing on positive ways to make the Internet a fun and safe place for children without overly emphasizing the negative aspects.

<Profile> Kanji Akahori is currently a Professor at the Center for Research and Development of Educational Technology and the Department of Human System Science at the Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He received his PhD in computer science and technology from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He also currently teaches as a Visiting Professor at The University of the Air and United Nations University. He previously served as Vice President of the Japan Society of Educational Technology. His research interests include information technology education, web-ased learning systems, human-computer interaction, and qualitative analysis of the teaching-learning process.

<Panel Members>
Jean Armour Polly, Net-Mom ®


Stephen Carrick-Davies, CEO, Childnet International


cris Mari Christine,
Representative, Asian Women & Children's Network and Habitat Ambassador to the United Nations
<Brief summary of speech> Asian Women & Children's Network (AWC) is a Non-governmental Organization whose mission is to protect the human rights of Asian women and children. While its main activity centers around educational support for Asian women and children, it is also engaged in activities aimed to eliminate commercial sexual exploitation and abuse of Asian children. At this forum, I would like to talk about the abuse of children's human rights happening now on the Internet, sharing lessons learned through AWC activities.

<Profile> Mari Christine is a founding director and head of the Asian Women & Children's Network (AWC, http://www.awcnetwork.org), a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and a publication producer for The 2005 world Exposition, Aichi, Japan. Making use of her international background, she works in various fields, including the hosting of international conferences and ceremonies, and public speaking. She has a BA in Comparative Culture from Sophia University and in 1994 earned a MA in Social Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology. She is currently studying urban engineering. She lived in Japan until she was four years old and moved with her parents to Germany, the United States, Iran, Thailand and other countries.

fujita Takeshi Fujita,
Auditor, National Congress of Parents and Teachers Association of Japan
<Brief summary of speech> The National Congress of Parents and Teachers Association of Japan conducted an attitude survey targeting fifth and eighth grade students (covering approximately 3,000 people in each group) and their parents (approximately 6,000 people) on the use of television, cell phones and the Internet. I would like to show excerpts from the results and share my ideas on how parents should act when their children use the Internet and ways to guide them.

<Profile> Takeshi Fujita has been serving as Auditor of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers Association of Japan since June, 2003, after serving as Vice President of the organization since June, 2002. After graduating from Nagoya Kougakuin College, He worked at several private companies and currently runs his own business. While participating in PTA activities, He held prominent positions in the PTA at a public elementary school in Tochigi prefecture including Vice President and President. He became President of Tochigi PTA Union Meeting in April, 2001. He was commended for his contributions to PTA activities by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in November, 2003.

kokubu.jpg Akio Kokubu,
Vice President, Internet Association Japan
<Brief summary of speech> The number of cases involving children getting into trouble by accessing cell phone dating websites is increasing. To overcome this critical situation, Internet Association Japan is currently developing a filtering system for cell phones as a part of research and dissemination activities of filtering technologies that will filter harmful Internet contents. At this panel discussion, I would like to explain the background for this project and provide an overview of this system.

<Profile> Akio Kokubu worked on computer systems architecture at the Electrotechnical Laboratory (ETL) of the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology for more than twenty years. In 1990 he became Director of New Media Development Association, where he has worked on the development of multimedia online services and open utilization of smart cards in public and private regional systems. Since 2001 he has also served as Vice president of the Internet Association Japan, and has worked on issues such as intellectual property rights, content self-regulation and privacy protection on Japanese online services and on the Internet.

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