As you develop policy related to educational technology, the
questions below will help to keep the welfare of children at the
top of the agenda.
Does the proposal ensure that every child will have
access to the information technologies he or she needs
for equal opportunity in economic and civic life?
Does it help make necessary information resources
easily accessible to all children by using
classrooms, libraries, community centers, and
Special Attention to At-Risk Children
Does the policy increase access to necessary equipment
and educational materials for low-income, disabled and
rural children? For girls?
Correct for Market Failures
Does it provide public and private sector leadership to
compensate for market forces that might leave
disadvantaged children behind?
Education to Prepare for the 21st
Does the policy promote an education that teaches the
information skills necessary to function in the workplace
and community of the 21st century?
Does the policy help ensure that high-quality
noncommercial programming will be available to all
Protections against New Forms of Abuse
Does the policy include appropriate safeguards to protect
children from deceptive advertising practices, excessive
violence and inappropriate material on the Internet and
other online networks, and in entertainment programming,
including video games and other software?
Does the policy help carry out the corporate
sectors responsibility to children by, for example,
encouraging the development and dissemination of quality
products and services for children?
Parent and Citizen Action
Does the policy help equip parents and guardians to carry
out their role as gatekeepers in their childrens
interactive media activities?
Does the policy help assure that young people are
educated and provided with the tools they need to
be good citizens and safe travelers on the
(Excerpted from "Americas Children & The