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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, 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 material.

"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 resource at that provides resources on keeping families safer on the Internet.,2777,DRMN_23910_5354184,00.html