Family Online Safety Institute

Family Online Safety Institute FOSI works to develop a safer Internet by promoting enlightened public policy, industry best practices, and good digital parenting. The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is an international, non-profit organization which works to make the online world safer for kids and their families.

FOSI convenes leaders in industry, government and the non-profit sectors to collaborate and innovate new solutions and policies in the field of online safety. Through research, resources, events and special projects, FOSI promotes a culture of responsibility online and encourages a sense of digital citizenship for all.

Mission: A safer Internet for all.

Raising Good Gamers has released their first report, “Envisioning an Agenda for Diversity, Inclusion, and Fair Play." Le...
09/28/2020
RGG Report — Raising Good Gamers

Raising Good Gamers has released their first report, “Envisioning an Agenda for Diversity, Inclusion, and Fair Play." Learn more about the program’s goal for the future of online play & how we can help create safe and inclusive spaces!

09/24/2020
How the Xbox Family Settings App Works

With COVID-19 continuing to impact our daily lives, gaming has helped people stay connected while social distancing.

For parents who may be worried about increased tech use, Xbox is today launching their new Family Settings App! Available for free is iOS and Android, the app can help manage kids’ contact lists, how much time screentime they have, and much more.

#ProtectThemWhileTheyPlay
#GoodDigitalParenting

Easily manage your children’s gaming activities on Xbox consoles, and enjoy more peace of mind with the free Xbox Family Settings app on iOS or Android. Lear...

Don't forget to check out Facebook's Get Digital program as you get back into the school routine! They're offering lesso...
09/18/2020

Don't forget to check out Facebook's Get Digital program as you get back into the school routine! They're offering lesson plans, conversation starters, activities, videos and other resources to help young people become empowered in a digital world.

Join the next back to school event, and learn more at
--> www.facebook.com/fbgetdigital

Today, our member company Comcast announced 1,000 new WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” in community centers nationwide as par...
09/17/2020
Comcast Announces Multiyear Effort to Roll Out 1,000+ WiFi-Connected 'Lift Zones' in Local Community Centers Nationwide

Today, our member company Comcast announced 1,000 new WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” in community centers nationwide as part of its ongoing commitment to help connect low-income families to the Internet!

As part of its ongoing commitment to help connect low-income families to the Internet so they can fully participate in educational opportunities and the digital economy, Comcast today announced a multiyear program to launch more than 1,000 WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” in community centers nationw...

Parenting during a pandemic can be challenging. Read our latest GDP blog with results from a digital family poll commiss...
09/16/2020
Parental Controls: A Silver Lining While Parenting During a Pandemic

Parenting during a pandemic can be challenging. Read our latest GDP blog with results from a digital family poll commissioned by AT&T. You can also check out screenready.com to learn how to set the parental controls that are right for your family!

#GoodDigitalParenting

Let’s be honest, parenting in the digital can be a challenge. And, the global pandemic has created new stresses for parents and teens, who are relying on technology to stay connected to work, school, family, friends and the semblance of life as we knew it before coronavirus.

With school being partially (or fully) online this year, parents may need some extra help managing their family’s relati...
09/08/2020
Hosting a Virtual “How to Be a Good Digital Parent” Night

With school being partially (or fully) online this year, parents may need some extra help managing their family’s relationship to technology. Check out our "How To Be a Good Digital Parent" program to learn more about getting your child's academic community together online!

#BackToSchool #GetTechReady

With school being partially (or fully) online, and many kids experiencing the most screen time they have ever had, parents may need some extra help managing their family’s relationship to technology.

Register now to join us for our next webinar on September 10th!As many families prepare for distance learning this back-...
08/28/2020
Webinar - Supporting Virtual Classrooms: Educational and Enriching Content for Kids

Register now to join us for our next webinar on September 10th!

As many families prepare for distance learning this back-to-school season, concerns around the efficacy of virtual education and increased screen time are rising. We'll be discussing the importance of meaningful content that supports kids' academic success and much more.

As many families prepare for distance learning during this unprecedented back-to-school season, concerns around the efficacy of virtual education and increased screen time are coming to the forefront.

08/26/2020
Learn about parental controls with DC Super Heroes | AT&T

New today from AT&T! DC Super Heroes have partnered up to spread the word about the importance of using parental controls, and all the ways they can help to keep kids safe online.

Learn more at screenready.com!

Attention parents! Parental controls are your superpower. Parental controls let YOU decide when kids use devices and what they watch. Visit ScreenReady.com t...

ICYMI! Catch our CEO Stephen Balkam on Comcast Newsmakers last week, discussing how life during COVID-19 has continued t...
08/25/2020
Life in the Pandemic: Managing Kids’ Screen Time

ICYMI! Catch our CEO Stephen Balkam on Comcast Newsmakers last week, discussing how life during COVID-19 has continued to challenge the ideas of screen time and independence for kids and families.

With social distancing impacting the ability to physically connect with others, children are turning to screens more than ever. Stephen Balkam, Founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute, reveals how children are spending time online during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how families can cont...

Join us virtually on November 18th for #fosi2020! We'll be looking at international trends in tech policy and law enforc...
08/20/2020
FOSI 2020 Annual Conference

Join us virtually on November 18th for #fosi2020!

We'll be looking at international trends in tech policy and law enforcement, the critical need for education and media literacy, and much more. We're also launching a brand new research report this year! Book your spot now to keep up with with new speaker and agenda updates.

On November 18th, we’ll be hosting the premier online safety event of 2020 – live and virtual! This year’s event, “Building Resilience,” will cover the many changing elements of online life, for ourselves, our families, and our world. The inherent obstacles and vast benefits of the digital...

"While some seniors were slow to integrate technology into their lives, COVID-19 has shown the aging population that  le...
08/17/2020
COVID19: A Wake-Up Call for Seniors Who Now Must Rely on Tech to Connect

"While some seniors were slow to integrate technology into their lives, COVID-19 has shown the aging population that learning technology is important for their physical health as well as their mental and social wellness."

The Cyber-Seniors organization has gotten requests for topics like paying bills and filling prescriptions online, and how to use Amazon - all to help seniors stay safe at home.

For the generations that grew up in the digital age, technology has been relatively easy to adapt to.

If you’re a parent scrambling to turn that ad-hoc setup from the spring into an education station for real learning this...
08/06/2020
The 2020 Back-to-School-But-Stay-at-Home Tech Shopping List

If you’re a parent scrambling to turn that ad-hoc setup from the spring into an education station for real learning this fall, here’s a guide to teacher-approved back-to-online-school supplies!

With more students learning online this fall, here’s a guide to teacher-approved back-to-online-school supplies, starting with a good router, an affordable laptop or tablet and over-ear headphones.

"We are the first generation of parents to raise kids in a world that includes social media, and our kids are the first ...
07/28/2020
Perspective | Four things to keep in mind when posting about your kids online

"We are the first generation of parents to raise kids in a world that includes social media, and our kids are the first generation to grow up shared," says Stacey Steinberg in a new Washington Post Parenting Perspective.

Are their images, which occupy far more space on our news feeds than on our living room walls, really ours to share?

"We were especially intrigued by the parents who did what we called 'embrace technology.' They were the parents who reso...
07/24/2020
When It Comes To Screens, Kids Need A Guide — Not A Disciplinarian : Life Kit

"We were especially intrigued by the parents who did what we called 'embrace technology.' They were the parents who resolved the question: Should you let your kids have lots of screen time? Or should you try to restrict it? Is it the future or is it a problem?"

Some parents think the best way to manage a child's screen time is to set hard limits. But those rules are particularly difficult to keep during a pandemic, when screens are a lifeline for all of us. So what should the rules be? Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross, coauthors of Parenting For A Di...

This year's Annual Conference, "Building Resilience," will explore the many changing elements of online life for ourselv...
07/22/2020
FOSI 2020 Annual Conference

This year's Annual Conference, "Building Resilience," will explore the many changing elements of online life for ourselves, our families, and our world. We'll be discussing tech policy, digital parenting, online safety tools and much more with leading experts in the field.

Registration is now open, so be sure to book a spot and join us virtually on November 18th!

On November 18th, we’ll be hosting the premier online safety event of 2020 – live and virtual! This year’s event, “Building Resilience,” will cover the many changing elements of online life, for ourselves, our families, and our world. The inherent obstacles and vast benefits of the digital...

07/20/2020
LEGO

Today, LEGO launched a series of creative challenges which offer parents and their kids an enjoyable, guided method to engage in conversations about digital citizenship and online safety!

Learn more at: LEGO.com/buildandtalk

Talking about digital safety and wellbeing can be scary. Use our Build & Talk activity to turn it into a fun and relaxed chat! 😊
LEGO.com/buildandtalk

Join us next Thursday 7/16 at 11 am ET for out latest virtual FOSI Briefs the Hill event! This discussion will focus on ...
07/10/2020
FOSI Briefs the Hill - Misinformation and the Importance of Media Literacy

Join us next Thursday 7/16 at 11 am ET for out latest virtual FOSI Briefs the Hill event! This discussion will focus on the importance of critical thinking and teaching digital citizenship and #medialiteracy to the next generation.

In July 2020, the stories leading our news cycle have immediate impacts on public health, social dynamics, and the state of democracy in the face of an upcoming US election. The ways in which information on these topics has been disseminated shows how easily false and misleading coverage can spread....

07/02/2020
Gaming in Lockdown: Achieving Safety and Balance in Online Play

ICYMI: Yesterday we hosted a panel discussion with Digital Parenting Coach, Laura Higgins of Roblox, and Ask The Mediatrician! Catch the full session here!

On July 1st, FOSI hosted a discussion on gaming, digital parenting, and children’s wellbeing. Moderated by digital parenting expert Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov, ...

"After decades of declining independence for children, parents are discovering a possible future in which technology ser...
06/30/2020
Raising a Free-Range Child in 2020? Try a Smartwatch

"After decades of declining independence for children, parents are discovering a possible future in which technology serves as a tool to give children more freedom—and more time outside, away from their devices."

After decades of declining independence for children, parents are discovering a possible future in which tech serves as a tool for more freedom—and more time outside, away from their devices.

Join us July 1st for a new parenting webinar as we think about safety and socialization through gaming during Covid-19!W...
06/25/2020
Gaming in Lockdown: Achieving Safety and Balance in Online Play

Join us July 1st for a new parenting webinar as we think about safety and socialization through gaming during Covid-19!

We'll hear from Laura Higgins of Roblox and Dr. Michael Rich of Ask The Mediatrician, in a discussion moderated by Digital Parenting Coach Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov.

Register to book your spot! --> bit.ly/2NvF8Ql
#GoodDigitalParenting

As coronavirus lockdowns worldwide have increased the hours per day that kids and teens spend online, so have their use of gaming platforms. For parents, this raises many common concerns around gaming such as compulsive overuse, age appropriate imagery, and how to mitigate the potential for bad acto...

"Are we doing children a disservice when we lock everything down? Are we better off giving them some free rein and helpi...
06/23/2020
Why It’s (Mostly) OK for Kids to Talk to Strangers Online

"Are we doing children a disservice when we lock everything down? Are we better off giving them some free rein and helping them develop the digital smarts to navigate the online world safely, knowing that we can probably pull back if necessary?"

Our CEO Stephen Balkam offered some thoughts on this really important debate around kids' online independence.

Do we do children a disservice when we lock everything down? They could be better off if we gave them some free rein and helped them develop the digital smarts to navigate the online world safely.

Reintroducing the "How To Be a Good Digital Parent" Toolkit! This resource for community leaders aims to help educate an...
06/11/2020

Reintroducing the "How To Be a Good Digital Parent" Toolkit! This resource for community leaders aims to help educate and empower parents to confidently navigate the online world with their kids.

Due to demand, we've adapted the original kit to cater to audiences working with several age groups: Elementary (kids aged 6-11) and Teens (12+)!

Learn more and download the kit here: www.fosi.org/gdppresentation

#GoodDigitalParenting

Kids are seeing a lot of imagery online and in the media right now that they may need help processing. Consider tuning i...
06/05/2020
CNN and 'Sesame Street' to host a town hall addressing racism

Kids are seeing a lot of imagery online and in the media right now that they may need help processing. Consider tuning in for tomorrow's Sesame Street town hall to help families discuss the news.

As anger and heartbreak have swept across America over the killing of yet another black man at the hands of police, CNN and Sesame Street are refocusing their second town hall to address racism.

"While it is easy to feel helpless in the face of the seemingly insurmountable problems our world is currently facing, t...
06/03/2020
3 Things Parents Can Do Right Now To Help Kids Through Chaotic Times

"While it is easy to feel helpless in the face of the seemingly insurmountable problems our world is currently facing, there are some things every parent can do."

We are living through unsettling and chaotic times, and our kids are watching. They’re watching on their phones, tablets, and computers. And often, they are watching alone, with no adults...

"While balancing technology usage with unplugged time is still crucial for mental and physical health, this time at home...
06/02/2020
Put ‘Screen Time’ Debates to Rest by Making Kids Leaders - EdSurge News

"While balancing technology usage with unplugged time is still crucial for mental and physical health, this time at home presents an opportunity for adults to observe the myriad experiences kids are having with tech."

In the last six weeks, I’ve spoken with educators and parents all over the country, conducting virtual workshops to help parents, teachers and ...

05/28/2020
Covid-19 and the Return of the Free Range Kid

Missed yesterday's webinar? You can catch the recording on our YouTube channel!

The global pandemic has upended the rhythm of life for most families. Parents are either doing their best to homeschool their kids while working from home, o...

Great news from Microsoft - a new app for Xbox parental controls makes it easy to find the right balance of gaming time ...
05/27/2020
Xbox Announces the Xbox Family Settings App (Preview) to Help Manage Children’s Gaming - Xbox Wire

Great news from Microsoft - a new app for Xbox parental controls makes it easy to find the right balance of gaming time that feels right for your family.

With the Xbox Family Settings app (Preview), parents can easily relax screen time on Xbox so kids have more time to play, or create a new schedule to help balance time for remote learning.

Safety is a huge priority at Xbox, and we’ve worked for years to offer families tools to find the right balance of gaming in their lives and to fit their unique needs. Family settings on Xbox include more than 20 customizable features to help parents set screen time limits, set content filters and...

05/26/2020
Let Grow

Check out this amazing preview of what we'll be discussing during our latest webinar, "Covid-19 and the Return of the Free Range Kid!"

Join us tomorrow, May 27th, at 11 am ET to learn more about how kids are adapting and gaining independence in the midst of lifestyle changes brought on by the pandemic.

Register here --> bit.ly/2AbxG9w

We challenged kids to show us their independence during our Independence Challenge contest! And wow—they really impressed us! Take a peek at some of the contest entries here!

Be sure to join us next Wednesday with speakers Lenore Skenazy of Let Grow and Peter Gray of Boston College as we look a...
05/22/2020
Covid-19 and the Return of the Free Range Kid

Be sure to join us next Wednesday with speakers Lenore Skenazy of Let Grow and Peter Gray of Boston College as we look at the ways that kids can embrace, learn, and grow from the new normal posed by Covid-19. Register now!

The global pandemic has upended the rhythm of life for most families. Parents are either doing their best to homeschool their kids while working from home, or heading out to do essential jobs. Kids are missing the structure and routine of school, extracurricular activities, sports - and now even sum...

1.5 billion children are impacted by schools closure amid #COVID19, and spending more time online may increase the risk ...
05/19/2020
Stay safe at home. Stay safe online. | End Violence

1.5 billion children are impacted by schools closure amid #COVID19, and spending more time online may increase the risk of bullying or abuse.

The tech industry, non-profits, and government are now working together to help children stay #SafeOnline. Check out their tips and suggestions for safer tech use.

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children is a unique public-private collaboration that includes United Nations agencies, governments, industry, regional bodies, civil society, young people, advocates and champions, all focused on one thing:

Join us this Wednesday 5/20 at 11 am ET for our latest policy webinar with a panel of top experts as we follow a report ...
05/18/2020
Tackling Online Child Sexual Abuse Material: From Discovery to Prosecution

Join us this Wednesday 5/20 at 11 am ET for our latest policy webinar with a panel of top experts as we follow a report of online child sexual abuse material from its first detection to final prosecution.

This webinar will follow a report of online child sexual abuse material from its first detection to final prosecution, shining a light on the work of the essential actors who combat the spread of this illegal content. In a series of expert presentations, representatives from industry, non-profits, l...

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