Qwest gives $500,000 to online safety effort
By Jeff Smith
Rocky Mountain News
Friday, February 15, 2007
Qwest Foundation has donated $500,000 to the National Center for
Missing & Exploited Children to create a free online safety
resource for parents and children. The resource is at
www.NetSmartz411.org, where users also are able to pose
questions to experts at the center.
The effort arises out of the concern about online exploitation.
According to a recent study by the University of New Hampshire
for NCMEC, one in seven youths online were sexually solicited,
and one in three were exposed involuntarily to sexually explicit
"The funding of NetSmartz411 is a natural fit for the Qwest
Foundation and continues our relationship with MCMEC to ensure a
safer, more enjoyable Internet experience for all users," said
Paula Kruger, Qwest executive vice president.
Qwest and NCMEC also co-created an online safety classroom
www.IncredibleInternat.com/onlinesafety that provides
resources on keeping families safer on the Internet.