About Parry Aftab
Parry Aftab is a US lawyer, child advocate and expert in all aspects of cyberlaw, best practices, cyberbullying and cyberharassment, cybercrime and privacy. She is also a risk-management and best practices consultant and advisor to the leaders of the Internet and digital technology industries.
Parry authored the first Internet safety book in the world, A Parents Guide to the Internet. She has been featured in Biography Magazine, in Chris Hansen's book, To Catch a Predator (named after his award-winning Dateline series of the same name.) Parry is a leader worldwide in cybersafety and privacy and is in demand as a keynote speaker on these and Internet best practices. And Dr. Aftab's CMP Privacy Lawyer column received the coveted American Society of Business Publication Editors Gold Award in 2004 for her article on the Patriot Act and corporate confidentiality.
Parry Aftab was identified as "the leading expert in cybercrime in the United States," by the Boston Herald. Jules Polonetsky, AOL's Chief Privacy Officer, said Parry was "part supermom, part Wonder Woman and part Oprah." Chris Kelly, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, said “No one knows more about what teens and tweens are doing online, and few understand how to advise the industry as well as Parry does.” She is called the “Kids Internet Lawyer” and runs The Privacy Lawyer blog. MTV, Nickelodeon, Disney, Microsoft, AOL, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Webkinz, Facebook, myYearbook and others turn to her for advice.
She founded and runs the world's oldest and largest cybersafety charity, now known as WiredSafety, as an unpaid volunteer. She also created StopCyberbullying.org, the most popular cyberbullying prevention website online.
The US Congress formally honored her work in cybersafety in 2005; the help group she formed received the President’s Service Award from the Clinton White House and in 1999 UNESCO appointed her to head up its online child protection project for the United States. Parry was named to the Harvard Berkman Center-administered Internet Safety Technical Task Force (the ISTTF) in 2008 created to advise the Attorneys General from 49 states on cybersafety issues.
In 2009 she was appointed to the National Telecommunications Information Agency’s Online Safety Technology Working Group (OSTWG) created by act of Congress to advise the FTC, FCC and Congress on cybersafety issues. She assists the United Nations and other international policymakers on best practices, privacy, and safety, as well.
Parry Aftab is known for her ability to "think outside of the box." Over the years Aftab has represented many of the leaders from the entertainment, Internet and consumer brand industries. Recently, Parry founded WiredTrust, a risk management consulting firm, to advise industry policy makers. When Internet policy, best practices and safety are involved, Parry Aftab is the first name mentioned.
One of Parry's clients offers this advice to those working in the children's Internet industry: "If you’re very lucky, Parry will agree to work with you. Otherwise you will have to make do with Parry wannabes."