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Family Online Safety Institute

Online safety for children and their families.


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The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is an international, non-profit membership organization working to develop a safer Internet by identifying and promoting best practices, tools and methods that also respect free speech. We do this by shaping public policy, highlighting new technologies, promoting education and convening special events. FOSI is a trusted convener, bringing together Internet safety advocates from a variety of sectors, including global corporations, government, non-profits, academia and the media, to discuss the current pulse of online safety and develop new solutions to keep children safe in our Web 2.0 world.

Our current members include: AOL, AT&T, BAE Systems Detica, BT Retail, Comcast, Disney, Entertainment Software Association, Facebook, France Telecom, Google, GSM Association, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Mind Candy, Motion Picture Association of America, NCTA, Nominum, Sprint, Symantec, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, Time Warner Cable, The Cyber Guardian, The Wireless Foundation, T-Mobile, Trend Micro, Verizon and Yahoo!.


There are three pillars to our work:


  • Events - In recent years, we have expanded our highly regarded international roundtables to include larger seminars and conferences. FOSI hosts an annual international conference and exhibition to highlight the extraordinary work, products and services that exist today. Learn more here
  • Public Policy - FOSI subject matter experts take an active role in developing the Institute’s thought leadership, producing position papers, participating in media appearances and providing editorial comment through a number of outlets. Learn more here
  • Education - FOSI brings together and highlights the best safety messages, tools and methods to reach parents, children and caregivers. We continually expand our efforts to educate and inform governments, regulators, industry and media around the world on a balanced approach to online safety. Learn more here

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