San Jose Mercury News columnist Larry Magid spent part of last week in Washington, D.C., attending a gathering that turned out to be a "watershed moment in the 16-year history of online safety education," he writes. The third annual conference of the Family Online Safety Institute drew about 400 internet-safety advocates from 15 countries. This year's conference was different from previous years, Magid writes, "in that young people were viewed less as potential victims of online crimes and more as participants in a global online community." That's not to say that conference participants didn't worry about child online safety, but

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