The Summit was significant in that it marked the first time this particular cross section of online safety stakeholders was convened for such a discussion. (To view presentations and panel discussions from the summit, visit www.pscssummit.org. A summary of the key findings from the Summit's four panel discussions can be found in Appendix A - The PointSmart.ClickSafe. Summit.
Following the Summit, there was an industry consensus that additional work could and should be done to develop a set of “best” practice recommendations that could be implemented by providers of online content, applications and connectivity/access (“the Internet Industry”). To address these concerns, a diverse group of representatives of key stakeholder communities involved with children's online safety (see, Task Force Members) has been working since the Summit to identify and consider practices that could be recommended, and ultimately implemented by the Internet Industry. While other working groups had looked at these issues from various technical, business and safety perspectives and international task force groups have met on the protection of children on the Internet specifically, this Summit group primarily focused on internet safety practices in the domestic arena.It is significant that this group discussing best practices is composed not only of members of the “Internet industry” - including Internet providers, content providers and other technology companies - who will be responsible for implementing best practices, but also includes the perspectives of other key groups concerned with online safety, including child advocates, educators and representatives of parents groups and public health communities. All of these stakeholders have a shared responsibility for children's online safety and can support the effective implementation of best practices.