The Parents Guide to the Internet was made possible with the contributions of many people. We would like to acknowledge and pay special thanks to Paulette Lee of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement and to Aspen Systems for writing this Guide. Our thanks, also, to all of those inside and outside the Department of Education who contributed their time, effort, and expertise to help produce this booklet. We are especially grateful to the following organizations for their invaluable review of this publication: The Partnership for Family Involvement in Education, the Children's Partnership, the American Library Association, National Parent Information Network, the National PTA, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Coalition of Chapter I/Title I Parents National Parent Center, the ASPIRA Association, Project OPEN, and the National Urban League. A special thanks to Laurie Lipper for approval to include in the Guide portions of the glossary from the Children's Partnership's Parents' Guide to the Information Superhighway; to Tony Sorrentino of the Franklin Institute for sharing their outstanding online checklists; to David Eisner and Randy Legersky of America OnLine for providing the Parental Control screen graphic representation and to AltaVista for approval to use a representational drawing of its search engine.
Particular acknowledgments go to Cynthia Dorfman, Linda Roberts, Terry Peterson, Barbara Vespucci, Kathy Perkinson, Kirk Winters, Adriana De Kanter, Lidice Rivas, and Julie Kaminkow of the U.S. Department of Education; Tom Kalil of the National Economic Council; and Jim Zawada of the Consumer Information Center for their valuable insights, critiques, and constant support throughout the development of this publication. Also, thanks to Kim Silverman for the cover design and layout, John Lee for the photographs, Roberta Toth for the illustrations, and Chris Sheedy for editing the Guide.
Our appreciation to the those who allowed us to use their photographs in the cover design: Celest Washington, Ameia Moore-Stone, Kimanique Moore, Hieu Vu, and Brian Vu.
We are indebted to the staffs of: the Office of Educational Research and Improvement's Media and Information Services; the Office of Technology; Planning and Evaluation Service; the National Library of Education; Office of Public Affairs; Office of the General Counsel; Office of Vocational and Adult Education; Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Office of Reform Assistance and Dissemination; and the Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs for the important roles they played in helping to bring this book to print.