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Parry Aftab, Esq.

Parry Aftab, Esq.Parry Aftab is a security, privacy and cyberspace lawyer, as well as an author and child advocate. Recently more than 90% of her time is donated to Internet issues involving children and adults, ranging from protecting children from sex crimes online to helping adults avoid identity theft and fraud online. Her main focus is teaching good cybercitizenship, especially to young people. This includes cyberbullying and responsible use of technology. Parry is in demand as a public speaker, consultant and resource to the media worldwide. In addition, she is The Privacy Lawyer columnist for Information Week Magazine and runs a very popular blog at theprivacylawyer.blogspot.com.

Parry is perhaps best known for combining sound practices, the law and the vision of empowering Internet and mobile users to enjoy the Internet safely, privately and responsibly.  She has acted as a consultant to most of the children's Internet industry, helping them comply with the law, while improving the Internet experience for children. When children and the Internet are concerned, Ms. Aftab's name is the first mentioned.

Parry Aftab is a worldwide leader in the area of online safety and parent and child Internet education. As Executive Director of WiredSafety.org, the largest online safety and educational program in cyberspace, Ms. Aftab helps prevent and investigate cybercrime. Under its former name, her group was awarded the President's Service Award in October 1998 from the White House and Points of Light Foundation. Ms Aftab also works closely with law enforcement around the world to police the Internet and is part of the Home Office CybercrimeTask Force in the UK.

In 1999, Ms. Aftab was appointed by UNESCO to head up its Innocence in Danger project for the U.S. The project was designed to make sure that all children (regardless of wealth or ethnic background) gain safe access to the Internet. Its Wired Kids project, which launched in September 2000 (www.wiredkids.org) provides important information and programs for children and teens, educators, law enforcement, parents and librarians. It is designed to be a one-stop source for all matters related to children online, including online safety and privacy. WiredKids.com contains information about the charity itself, which operates WiredSafety.org and all other related programs, including Teenangels.org.

Her first book, A Parents' Guide to the Internet...and how to protect your children in cyberspace, was released in January, 1998. It was a guide to the computer and Internet basics, for the "technology challenged." The book provided practical solutions to parents' concerns about Internet safety. The book is, notwithstanding its subject matter, was light and fun reading. McGraw-Hill released her second book for parents and teachers on child online safety, The Parent's Guide to Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace, in January 2000. It remains the leading resource for parents on Internet safety for their children. It had been adapted and released for the UK, Singapore and Spanish-speaking US markets. And was recently rewritten for China for Chinese-speaking audiences about Internet safety for children in China.

Ms. Aftab has helped design programs for parents and children teaching them how to use the Internet safely since 1997, including the P.I.E. Program (Parent Internet Education) for the Baltimore County School system. This was the first of its kind, in educating parents and families about safe and fun online use. She is also an expert on filtering and blocking products. The FBI has even (unofficially) endorsed Ms. Aftab's work with online safety and her book. Also, Family PC Magazine named Parry Aftab the Internet Pioneer of the Year Award in 2001.

She has been providing public service safety information for many years. Parry Aftab also provides parent Internet education and online safety content for such diverse sites as Children's Television Workshop, Disney, Microsoft, Oracle, Verizon, AT&T and MSNBC. She is a regular keynote speaker, and resource on camera for the media on cybercrime, safety, privacy and cyberlaw issues. Her expertise in is demand, because no one knows more about children online than Parry Aftab.

A free speech advocate, Ms. Aftab seeks to empower parents, not the censors. Her work has been featured nationally and internationally in online and print publications, including Readers Digest, Playboy, TV Guide Magazine, Cosmopolitan, People Magazine, Redbook, Biography, Teen People, U.S. News and World Report, Family Circle, Newsweek, Smart Money Magazine, PC Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Family PC Magazine, CIO Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The LA Times, most regional newspapers in the United States, The London Time Magazine, The Strait Times, The South China Morning Post Sunday Magazine, and more. As a result of her work online with children, Ms. Aftab was selected as a charter member of Children Television Workshop's Advisory Board, as well as appointed to The National Urban League's Technology Advisory Committee.

Parry Aftab has spoken to many governmental agencies and groups worldwide, conducted briefings for the U.S. Senate, been a key speaker at the White House Summit on Online Content and testified before leading legislative committees and The House of Lords and the House of Commons, all with the same message: “The Internet is a wonderful resource for families, and once parents understand the online risks, they can use common sense (and perhaps some technology tools) to help their children enjoy cyberspace safely.”

As one of the first lawyers in the world to specialize in Internet legal issues, Parry Aftab is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. She attended law school at NYU School of Law where she received her J.D. degree. She received her B.A. degree as Valedictorian of Hunter College (having completed her full undergraduate degree in less than two years), where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

She resides in the New York metropolitan area and is a mother of two. For more information about Parry, visit Aftab.com.

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