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ACEI Meets With DotKids Foundation

The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) recently welcomed a delegation from the DotKids Foundation to their offices in Washington, D.C.

In 2011, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the internet’s governing body, decided to expand the number of generic Top Level Domains (such as “.com,” “.org,” and “co.uk”). The DotKids Foundation formed shortly thereafter to apply for the “.kids” domain, which they intend to use to create a safe space for children to learn, play, and explore online. The DotKids Foundation seeks to ensure that the new .kids generic Top Level Domain adopts the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as its guiding principle, and guarantees that all content within that domain is in the best interests of children.

The two organizations discussed the importance of securing a safe and nurturing online space for children, and ACEI signed on to a written declaration on the subject, to be tabled in the European Union Parliament. The declaration calls for proper governance of the domain and the active participation of child rights organizations—and children themselves—in creating a child-friendly virtual environment.

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Dotkids Foundation team members, from left: Yannis Li, Elaine Cheng, Edmon Chung, and Jennifer Chung