Screening: Cyber-Seniors - Connecting Generations
September 10th, 2014
3:00pm - 6:30pm
Yahoo! Chronicle Building, 901 Mission Street, San Francisco
On September 10th the Family Online Safety Institute held a screening of “Cyber-Seniors – Connecting Generations”, a moving documentary that chronicles a group of senior citizens as they learn how to become more connected online through the assistance of teenage mentors. Cyber-Seniors draws attention to the vast knowledge gap that exists between senior citizens and youth when it comes to the use of technology, and also serves as a wonderful example of the great things that can happen when we make the effort to help connect the under-connected members of our communities.
Following the screening, FOSI’s CEO, Stephen Balkam, conducted a Q&A with the film’s producer, Brenda Rusnak. Stephen and Brenda discussed some of the difficulties faced while filming the documentary, how the film has impacted access to technology for seniors, and Brenda’s hopes for how the film may continue to draw attention to this issue.
Student Data: The Challenges and Opportunities
June 20, 2014
With the support of Congressman Jared Polis, FOSI convened a panel on Capitol Hill to talk about the challenges and opportunities offered through the collection of student data. The hour-long discussion was moderated by Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI and featured John Bailey, Executive Director of Digital Learning Now, Richard Culatta, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the United States Department of Education, Aden Fine, Chief Privacy Officer at Edmodo and Sarah Holland, Senior Analyst, Public Policy and Government Relations at Google.
With all of the recent press attention, proposed legislation and general discussion on the topic, the room was packed to learn more about what companies were doing with children's personal information, why student information was collected and how that data was then stored. Panelists also discussed how data could be used to help students and to boost classroom attainment.
All of the panelists agreed on the importance of dealing with facts not hypotheticals and keeping parents informed about the uses of their children’s data. Ultimately the panel concluded that the opportunities offered through data collection and incorporating technology in the classroom must be retained, while children’s personal data continues to be protected.
May 22, 2014
On May 22nd, the Family Online Safety Institute hosted its 2014 European Forum in Paris. The event, titled “Creating a Better Internet”, focused on the European Union’s commitment to build not just a safer Internet but a better Internet for children and teenagers. The event drew on those creating innovative and educational content for children, as well as those in industry, law enforcement and government who are working to ensure that children have safe and productive online experiences.
Mexico City Roundtable: Local, Regional & Global Trends in Online Safety
April 10, 2014
On April 10th FOSI convened a roundtable discussion hosted and sponsored by Google in Mexico City. The event entitled ‘Local, Regional, and Global Trends in Online Safety’ bought together non-profit organizations, government, industry and academics to discuss the latest initiatives, opportunities and challenges in keeping children safe on the Internet as more people go online in Mexico and Latin America.
Click here for more information about this event.