VeriSign works to ID kid surfers

Wednesday, 11 February 2004, 10:02 AM EST

The Net infrastructure and security company and partner i-Safe America, a group that educates children about online safety, will demonstrate the use of digital IDs at a Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee luncheon and technology fair in Washington, D.C.

VeriSign and i-Safe are working together to bring digital ID tokens to children between 12 and 17 years old. Currently, more than 48 million American children aged 5 to 17 regularly use the Internet, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. That figure is expected to swell to more than 77 million by next year.

"The idea is to give i-Safe digital credentials to children, so they can interact with anyone safely on the Internet, no matter where they are," said Teri Schroeder, chief executive of the nonprofit organization.

By Dawn Kawamoto at CNET.

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