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Commissioner Laurence Shapiro
Executive Vice President
Walt Disney Internet Group

Upon careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that a variety of measures - as opposed to any singular measure - must be supported in order to effectively protect children from harmful material on the Internet. I believe that it is also important to note that there is no single or combined pure technological solution to protecting children from harmful materials. Indeed, I believe that all the measures and resources imaginable will never be an adequate substitute to homes where parents are fully involved in the online activities of their children. In order to provide parents with the necessary assistance to guide their involvement, these measures should primarily include a significant new public education campaign geared towards educating parents and their children of the growing resources available to protect children from harmful materials. These measures should include easy-to-use and -find online tools that parents can use to ensure that their children avoid harmful material. In addition to these educational efforts, the Commission heard clear evidence that efforts to protect children from harmful materials should include heightened enforcement of existing laws against child pornography and obscenity and I fully support the recommendations of the Commission in this area.

It is important to note that these measures must be undertaken with cooperation not only between the private and public sectors in the United States but also throughout the world. The Internet is a global medium and its problems must be handled as such. While we have been charged with reporting back to Congress on how to protect children from harmful material online, we must be mindful that domestic solutions alone will never fully resolve international problems.

As an executive with The Walt Disney Internet Group, I can report that we are trying to do our part to protect children from harmful material through filtering tools, such as Go guardian, and educational initiatives, such as Disney's Safe Surf Island and Doug's Safety Page. We are a founding member of GetNetWise and will continue to be active in our support of industry-wide educational initiatives. In addition to the above-mentioned measures, companies, like mine, must remain resolved in our commitment to providing safe and trustworthy online experiences.

It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve on the Child Online Protection Act ("COPA") Commission. I am particularly grateful to Congressman Richard Gephardt, the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, for having recommended my nomination. I want to thank Chris Curtin, in the Washington office of The Walt Disney Company, for the assistance he provided to me throughout this process. Finally, I want to commend Don Telage, the Chairman of the COPA Commission, for all he did to facilitate the appropriate deliberation of these important issues.

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