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What is Disney.com?

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Disney.com is the official website for the Walt Disney Studios. The website is kid appropriate for all ages, providing everything from games and music to videos and information about the Disney world. On the website, kids are free to explore almost everywhere without being required to register.

Concerns for Parents

  • Disney.com requires its users to register and provide first and last name, email, birth date, gender, and zip code in the games section.

Internet Safety Resources

Common Sense with Phineas and Ferb

Disney teamed up with Common Sense Media to form a PSA staring cartoon characters Phineas and Ferb.1 In this ad, Phineas tells viewers the "cyberspace rules of the road." These rules are:2

  • Be careful what you put online (it never goes away)
  • You never know who's going to see what you post online
  • Just because it's online, doesn't mean it's true
  • Not everyone is who they say they are
  • If you wouldn't do it in person, you shouldn't do it online
  • Don't forget to turn off the computer and leave your cell phone, because nothing beats spending time with real friends

An associated Web page was created that houses the PSA. There are also links to the Common Sense Web page, specifically a video called "Digital Life: Our Kids' Connected Culture" and "Rules of the Road for Parents in a Digital Age." Kids are given a quiz sheet to go over with their parents. The quiz uses characters from the Disney show Phineas and Ferb.Common Sense Media also has their own page staring Phineas and Ferb.

Jonas Brothers PSA

Disney created a PSA featuring the Jonas Brothers (Kevin, Joe, and Nick) that aired on the Disney Channel. This short commercial features only one tip: don't share your passwords with anyone, even your best friend.4

WDIG Internet Safety

The Walt Disney Internet Group also references Internet safety tips that are found in other parts of the Disney site, such as asking parents for help or never giving out personal information. This site links to the Disney.com Online Safety page. It also has a description of GetNetWise.6

Disney.com Online Safety

This page includes three short clips (one about 8.5 minutes, the others about 1 minute each) teaching parents how to keep kids safe online. 7

The longest video is a clip from the show Designing Spaces. It includes Parry Aftab as a special guest. It includes safety tips, encouragement for parents to talk to their kids, and a definition of cyberbullying. One tip included that isn't as widely broadcast was the idea that a child's chair should be at a good height so they are looking either directly at or down at the computer screen so his or her eyes won't dry out.

The two shorter clips are presented by a woman named Linda. One speaks of Disney.com as a "safe online destination for the whole family." The other gives out six tips for keeping kids safe online. These 6 tips can be printed off using a link at the bottom of the page (Disney.com).

The information given in the Designing Space clip is also written lower on the Web page. An Internet Agreement is also provided that parents can print and have their children sign.