THE WHITE HOUSE
A MESSAGE TO PARENTS
ABOUT THE INTERNET
As President, one of my top priorities is to ensure that our children
have the best education in the world. Vice President Gore and I believe
that one of the ways to accomplish this is to give every child access
to educational technology by the dawn of the new century. This will require
connecting every classroom to the Internet by the year 2000, giving teachers
the training they need to use technology effectively, expanding the supply
of high-quality educational software, and increasing the number of modern,
multimedia computers in the classroom. For the first time in our Nation's
history, all of our children will have access to the same universe of
knowledge and the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to succeed
in the high-tech workplace of the 21st century.
It is critical that our children have your guidance as they learn to
use the Internet. Although children can use the Internet to tap in to
the Library of Congress or download pictures from the surface of Mars,
not all of the material on the Internet is appropriate for children. As
a parent, you can guide and teach your child in a way that no one else
can. You can make sure that your child's experience on the Internet is
safe, educational, and enjoyable.
Of course, not all of us are familiar with computers and the Internet.
Although Vice President Gore coined the term "information superhighway"
more than 17 years ago, I am a novice when it comes to high tech. To help
you get started, I asked Secretary Riley and the U.S. Department of Education
to prepare a Parents Guide to the Internet. This will give you
the information you need to help guide your child's exploration of the
vast resources on the Internet.
I commend you for helping to give America's children this unprecedented
opportunity to learn and to grow. Working together, we can create a brighter
future for them and for our nation.