Donna Rice Hughes
Internet Safety for Children and Families
Donna Rice Hughes is an internationally known Internet safety expert and advocate. She is currently serving as the volunteer President of Enough Is Enough, a national non-profit educational organization whose mission is to make the Internet safer for children and families. (www.enough.org) She authored Kids Online: Protecting Your Children In Cyberspace. (Revell, September 1998) which has been translated into both Spanish and Korean. Her book was heralded by the media, parent's groups and Congress as a "powerful tool for parents." Additionally, she has her own Internet safety website at www.protectkids.com.
In 1999, Donna received a Congressional appointment from Senator Trent Lott to the Child Online Protection Commission (COPA) to examine technological solutions to protect children online and served as co-chair of the COPA Hearings in July 2000 on filtering/ratings/labeling technologies. She is frequently sought out by the media, policy makers, law enforcement officials and industry leaders for her expertise on solutions for ensuring that children have a safe and rewarding experience online. Steve Case, Chairman of America Online, applauds Donna as a "leader" and "effective advocate on behalf of children's online safety" and credits her with helping build the Internet into a "medium we can all be proud of." In 2002 alone, Donna received the National Law Center for Children and Families Annual Appreciation Award and the coveted "Protector of Children Award" from the National Abstinence Clearinghouse.
Donna has given over 2500 media interviews, having appeared on virtually every national news program and is a regular commentator on Internet safety issues on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Additionally she has been a featured guest on Dateline, The Today Show, Oprah and 20/20. Donna co-wrote the story for the season finale episode of Touched By An Angel which brought the message of Internet dangers and online safety to prime time television and won the Nielson ratings for it's time slot during May sweeps.
Her views have been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News and People Magazine. Additionally, she has authored numerous articles and editorials that have been published in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and McCall's Magazine.
She has spoken extensively on the subject in educational and professional forums across the country including Johns Hopkins University, MIT, American University University of Houston Law School, The Freedom Forum and The National Press Club. She has testified before the United States Congress, both House and Senate, on the issues surrounding Internet dangers and safety solutions. Andrew Oosterbaan, chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Department of Justice, recently applauded her presentation as " highlight" of the Federal Prosecutors' Obscenity Symposium, 2002, where Donna served as the only non-lawyer/ law enforcement instructor.
From 1994 until July of 1999, Donna served as Communications Director and Vice President of Enough Is Enough where she played a pioneering role in the national effort to make the Internet safe for children and families. In 1995, she developed and launched a three-pronged strategy that involves the public, the technology industry and law enforcement sharing the responsibility to protect children on the Internet. This approach has been adopted by many industry and government leaders.
Donna served on the steering committee for the Internet Online Summit: Focus on Children in December of 1997. She proposed and led the Summit's adoption of an industry "ZERO Tolerance" policy against child pornography, which was endorsed by the White House and the Justice Department. She later served on the executive committee for the Summit's public awareness campaign, America Links Up, and currently serves on the advisory board for the Get Net Wise initiative.
Donna received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Carolina and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Donna currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National House of Hope. Additionally, she is the Founder and Principal of DRH Enterprises, LLC, a vehicle for the honest exploration of major issues facing our culture today.
Donna and her husband, Jack, live in Northern Virginia. Donna is the stepmother to Sean and Mindy Hughes. (1/11/02)
Posted on: Sunday, November 12th, 2006 by Donna Rice Hughes
Fighting A Different Kind of Terrorism BY DONNA RICE HUGHES President, Enough Is Enough The Congress and the nation can learn a fundamental lesson from Rep. Mark Foley's resignation tragedy. Simply put, it is a wakeup call for our nation to open its eyes to a very real problem. Most Americans in all quarters have turned a virtual blind eye to the terrible dangers lurking on the dark side of the Internet. As a result, every child with unrestricted access to the Internet is only a mouseclick away from exposure to the grossest of pornographic images and sexual predators. How many children falling prey to predators and pornographers will it take to wake our nation to this crisis? Is it acceptable that the largest viewers of Internet pornography are teenagers? That 11-year-old children have been exposed to images of sodomy, bestiality or sex with children younger than they are? Are our children safe when one-in-five of them receives a sexual solicitation each year? By its lack of action, our nation is answering these questions with a tacit yes. The consequences of our nation continuing to ignore this lesson will...
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