Online safety panels abound this week

For those of you interested in online safety--for kids, students, seniors, pretty much anyone--this is your week.

Starting at noon today, Google and iKeepSafe Internet Safety Coalition are holding a panel and presentation in Rayburn House Office Building. On the panel are a couple of medical doctors, such as Michael Rich, Director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital in Boston, who has done extensive research on children and online safety. The panel focuses on helping kids become responsible digital citizens.

The Commerce Department's Online Safety and Technology Working Group is also holding a day-long workshop today that is chock full of company representatives from Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo and Facebook.

Tomorrow, the Family Online Safety Institute will kick off its two-day annual conference that aims to promote a culture of responsibility for kids and teens online. Speakers include Anna Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, and Hemanshu Nigam, Chief Security Officer for MySpace.

The FCC recently launched a review of the effects of digital media on kids--and their parents. Keeping kids safe on social networks, video sites and other interactive platforms has caused an increasing amount of anxiety for parents and teachers. And a handful of lawmakers, including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz  (D-Fla.), have introduced bills over the past few years aiming to better protect children from online predators.