Beyond Censorship: Policies and Technologies to Give Parents Control Over Childrenâ€™s Media Consumption
Wednesday, June 7, 2006
11 a.m - 2 p.m. (lunch will be served)
Kaiser Family Foundation
Barbara Jordan Conference Center
1330 G St., NW
Washington, DC 20005
Opening Remarks by
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
FCC Commissioner Michael Copps
FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate
The Media Habits of Young Children (and their parents)
Vicky Rideout, Vice President, Kaiser Family Foundation
Why Media Content Matters: Impacts on Young Children
David Kleeman, Executive Director, Center for Children and Media
Facilitating Parental Control: Ways and Means
Elizabeth Perle, Editor-in-Chief, Common Sense Media
Topic 1: Regulatory Approaches
* Tim Winter, Executive Director, Parents Television Council (PTC)
* David Moulton, Chief of Staff, Office of Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) (invited)
* Gloria Tristani, President, Benton Foundation
Topic 2: Marketplace/ Technology Approaches
* Adam Thierer, Senior Fellow, Progress & Freedom Foundation
* Joe Miller, Senior Vice President, TiVo
* Michael McKeehan, Director, Internet & Technology Policy, Verizon Communications
Topic 3: Looking Ahead to the Wireless, Convergent Media World
* Jerry Berman, President, Center for Democracy and Technology Internet Controls and Collaborative Communities
* Chuck Cosson, Policy Counsel, Microsoft Corp.
* Michele Stockwell, Director of Education, Social and Family Policy, Progressive Policy Institute
* Michael Calabrese, Vice President and Director, Wireless Future Program, New America Foundation
Presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion between these and other distinguished panelists. Questions & comments from the audience will be granted as time permits.
As the FCC dramatically increases fines for indecency over broadcast TVâ€”and as Congress threatens to raise fine limits and extend decency standards to cable and satellite networksâ€”the debate over how best to protect children from inappropriate media has reached a fever pitch.
The problem is real: A plethora of studies show that repeated exposure to violence, inappropriate sexual content and even repeated advertising for junk food can have a negative, long-term impact on young children. And while television is todayâ€™s primary battleground, it wonâ€™t be long before most children have access to a portable wireless device with 24/7 access to unlimited video content over the Internet.
The main issue becomes: who is responsible for protecting kids from inappropriate mediaâ€”industry, the government, or parents armed with new technologies? Although the regulatory approachesâ€”V-chips, fines, family hoursâ€”have emphasized the censorship of inappropriate content, less known are emerging technologies that promise to â€œguideâ€ parents to educational programming and facilitate the filtering of good content from bad. For example, fines and ratings donâ€™t do much to guide parents toward the best programmingâ€”such as PBSâ€™s Sesame Street and Between the Lionsâ€”which can significantly enhance the cognitive development of pre-school-age children. New personal video recorder (PVR) and video on demand (VOD) technologiesâ€”such as Internet filtering software and TiVoâ€™s KidZoneâ€”will be previewed as tools to facilitate parental choice.
Please join us for this timely discussion about the best approach to protecting kids from inappropriate mediaâ€”and, ideally, how to best facilitate parentsâ€™ efforts to identify positive media programmingâ€”with a diverse roundtable of leading players from industry, government, academia and child and family advocacy groups. After presenters offer brief â€œprovocationsâ€ that summarize key proposals on the table, participants will engage in an open discussion and debate concerning the pros and cons of the various approaches and will also address what should be done as mobile video over the Internet becomes ubiquitous.
To RSVP for this event, reply to this email: [email protected] with name, affiliation, and contact information. If you have questions, call or email Sarah Brennan at 202-986-4901, [email protected] or Naveen Lakshmipathy at 202-986-2700, [email protected].