Everyday Heroes – More Internet Fighters To Be Grateful For

by Paul Crowson

Before I start on Part Two of  the Internet Safety For All Kids – Everyday Heroes – Internet Firefighters To Be Grateful For Series, I would like to tell you that the meeting we attended in St. Louis was A M A Z  I N  G.

The temperatures were over the top. Traveling from Texas and back was an interesting adventure to say the least. But what made this meeting so extraordinary, so worth the time and effort, was that hundreds of people, from all walks of life, came together – giving their time, their talent and their knowledge – in a huge mind share focused on Internet Safety For All Kids.

This is a real life "everyday heroes" lesson. Think about it for a second – have you ever met a selfish hero? I know I haven't :) So a huge amount of gratitude and appreciation for all of the folks that were there and who I had the opportunity to interact with and learn from.

One of my favorite "Everyday Heroes" – Gina Alexander – Photo Handbag Entrepreneur Helping To Keep Kids Safe by donating a portion of the proceeds from every bag she sells to the Hope For Children charity, which helps families who want to adopt. I call her a "Mompreneur Extraordinaire"!!

And here are three more extraordinary women Internet Firefighters who are working hard to keep everyone's kids safe on the internet!!

Michele Borba a noted author of 23 books on parenting. Jean Armour Polly – world famous Librarian who coined the phrase “internet surfing” and Nancy Willard, lawyer turned passionate volunteer for families on Internet Safety!!

Dr Michele Borba – MicheleBorba.com

Dr. Borba is an NBC contributor who has appeared over 80 times as parent expert on the Today show as well as countless talk shows including: Dr. Phil, The View, The Tyra Banks Show, Fox & Friends, Geraldo & Friends, The Doctors, CNN American Morning, Countdown, and The Early Show.

She appears regularly on Fox Headline News and CNN Headline News to discuss late-breaking news and has been interviewed by numerous publications including Newsweek, People, U.S. News & World Report, Reader’s Digest, The Globe and Mail, and People.

She has consulted for corporations such as RC2 Learning Curve West, Office Depot, Splenda, Wall-Mart, Similac, Galderma, Johnson & Johnson and McDonald’s Global Mom’s Panel.

She serves on boards for Parents magazine, Character Education Partnerships, Boys & Girls Club of America, and writes the blog, “Parenting Solutions” for iVillage.

Jean Armour Polly – www.netmom.com

Jean Armour Polly is an author, librarian, and mom. Jean has tinkered with Internet accounts since 1991 and has participated in and facilitated online telecommunities for more than 20 years.

She wrote the original "Surfing the Internet" back in 1992 and is often credited with coining the phrase — her name even appears in a question on a Twentieth-century edition "Trivial Pursuit" game card!  Under her Net-mom brand, Jean has lectured in Japan, Germany, and Malaysia as well as around the U.S.

She is a freelance writer and has worked for the following companies: Microsoft; CommonSenseMedia.org; America Online; The Bertelsmann Foundation; Children's Television Workshop; Disney Online; MCI Foundation; The Morino Institute; and TCI.Net.

She has also been a television and radio product spokeswoman for GuardiaNet, Ask Jeeves for Kids, and Ameritech.net. She appeared in video and voice-over on Cruise Control, an online safety CD-ROM produced jointly by Ameritech.net, the Urban League, TechCorps, and The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Jean has been a columnist for Becoming Family magazine, Library Journal, and online venues such as Ask Jeeves for Kids and FamilyClick.com.

For over a year, Jean also co-hosted a popular Syracuse NY radio show with John Levine, author of the bestselling book Internet for Dummies.

In 1993, Jean became one of the first two women elected to the Internet Society Board of Trustees. In December 2004 Jean was appointed to a two-year term on the At–Large Advisory Council to ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). She held one of three North American seats and represented the Domain Name Service concerns of Internet end-users, including families and young people. She has also served on the Board and on the Advisory Council of ICRA (Internet Content Rating Association), a group promoting content labeling of Internet resources by their authors.

Jean has also functioned as a finals judge in many of the international ThinkQuest Internet Challenge competitions, as well as Thinkquest NYC's competition libraries its own domain name, which it obtained in 1991.

In 1992, Jean co-founded PUBLIB, the oldest and largest Internet discussion list for public librarians. She is now moderator emerita. She is a member of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association, and is a former director of the Library and Information Technology Association's Board.

Jean received her BA in Medieval Studies at Syracuse University in 1974, and her Master’s in Library Science from the same University in 1975.

In 2002, she was named the first recipient of the 21st Century Librarian of Central NY award, given by the School of Information Studies of Syracuse University. In 2003, she received a Syracuse Post-Standard Person of Achievement award for her Net-mom and other activities.

Jean resides with her family in Central New York and is Mom to a college-age son. She is now the Executive Director of the Liverpool Public Library.

Nancy Willard – www.csriu.org

Executive Director – The Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use

"Trying to prepare students for their future and teach them about Internet safety without Web 2.0 in schools ~ is like trying to teach a child to swim without a swimming pool!"


Nancy E. Willard received a Bachelors of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from the University of Utah in 1975, a Masters of Science in Special Education from the University of Oregon, 1977, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University College of Law in 1983.

She taught “at risk” children with emotional and behavior difficulties, practiced law in areas of computer law and copyright, and provided consulting services to schools on the implementation of educational technology, focusing her professional attention on issues of youth risk online and effective student Internet use management in schools.

Nancy is director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use. This Center provides for educators and other professionals on youth risk online issues.

She frequently lectures and conducts workshops for educators on policies and practices related to Internet use in schools and has written numerous articles on this subject.

She is expanding her ability to present online workshops for professionals and is creating narrated presentations for teacher professional development and parents.

All of these folks are my Internet Firefighters as they represent to me unsung heroes … they have contributed and continue to contribute both publicly and privately of their resources to Family Internet Safety.

What I like about them is they are well-rounded, they like to have fun, they bring a depth of knowledge to our digital technology-minded kiddos and most of them are parents of kids just like you and me!!!

They have their own why’s and stories that give them the common interests of the rest of us here that we want to keep our kids safe online!!!

That is why I highlighted these folks this week … and I invite you below to be part of our community…

Thanks to Anne Collier, Larry Magid, Nigel Williams, John Carr, Kim P. Sanchez, Bernajean Porter, Michele Borba, Jean Armour Polly, and Nancy Willard … who you are and what you do makes a real difference when it comes to keeping kids everywhere safe on the internet!!

Annette and I always welcome your comments to our articles here @paulcrowson.com

Feel free to speak your mind below !!

If you benefited from this in some way or know someone who might, share this information with them. You never know whose life you might impact in a positive way!

We are creating a community of parents who are looking for ways to help keep their kids safe and would be overjoyed to have you recommend that others come here to our blog and join us building this community even larger!

Thank you for your time… YOU are appreciated!

Remember It’s Up To Us To Work Together

Engage … Educate … Empower Ourselves and Our Kids

Because They Are SO Worth It!!


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