Parry Aftab's Non-Profit Work
Parry Aftab devotes more time to her volunteer non-profit work than anything else she does. She is the unpaid founder and Executive Director of WiredSafety.org, the world's oldest and largest cybersafety and help group. She created and founded Teenangels, the first peer-to-peer expert cybersafety youth program and their younger tween counterpart program, Tweenangels. And she built StopCyberbullying.org from scratch into the most popular cyberbullying prevention website online.
She has received many awards from governmental entities and charities for her work and was referred to as the "Angel of the Internet." Following the September 11th attack, Parry organized help programs for the families impacted by the attack and helped raise $1 million in holiday gifts for the children of people who had lost their jobs because of the attack. The ground zero Christmas tree was decorated with thousands of ornaments created for her program and people worldwide were able to "adopt a family" for the holidays from the ranks of those who had lost a loved one in the attacks.
Parry Aftab is especially interested in protecting children from abuse and sexual exploitation and in protecting everyone from harassment and stalking online. She believes in empowering young people to make a difference and wants all young people to have access to digital technologies to allow them (especially those with disabilities) to "walk, talk and see" online. Her first formal non-profit leadership resulted from her research for her first book, A Parent's Guide to the Internet , in 1996. She found a website created by the father of a little girl with Cerebral Palsy. He said that he designed the site because all kids have to sit down when computing and no one points at her online. Parry created a foundation named "Roads without Ramps" to help provide support to children in wheelchairs and donated the profits from her first book to that foundation.
A quick review of her advisory roles and programs she has created for entities such as the Girl Scouts, MTV, Liz Claiborne, Cisco, IBM and Ceridian, the Motion Picture Association of America, the UN and UNESCO and others helps demonstrate her devotion to helping others.