Connected Families

Working to make the online world safer for kids and their families through enlightened public policy, industry best practice and good digital parenting.

Good Digital Parenting

Virtual Valentines

By Sarah Rawlins | Feb. 14, 2018

Your teen might be past the age where they bring a card to school for every classmate, but they probably still want to send a virtual valentine or two. In 2015 Pew Research found that 8% of teens have met a romantic partner online. That remains a pretty small number, but online dating use among young adults has tripled in the last five years, so the odds are good that more teens will be trying to connect through the internet this year as well.

Safer Internet Day: Let's Create, Connect and Share Respect

By Stephen Balkam | Feb. 6, 2018

Every February, Safer Internet Day serves as an effective first “checkpoint” in each new year. How far have we come since last year, and what changes and new priorities are steering the course?  In 2018, we find ourselves in challenging times.

Policy & Research

REPORT

Connected Families: How Parents Think & Feel about Wearables, Toys, and the Internet of Things

In a new era of connected life, the subject of children’s use of emerging technologies, and subsequent privacy and security implications, has become a top priority for families.

POLICY BRIEF

Technical Solutions to Controversial Content Online

It’s not fake news to say that media reports have devoted much airtime and column inches to stories relating to offensive online content recently.  In fact, over the last 12 month we have witnessed a considerable increase in media reports of online harassment, revenge porn, extremist videos and fake news. 

#Digital Parenting #Online Safety #Online Harrassment

REPORT

Kids & the Connected Home: Privacy in the Age of Connected Dolls, Talking Dinosaurs, and Battling Robots

On December 1st, FOSI and the Future of Privacy Forum released a white paper on " Kids and the Connected Home: Privacy in the Age of Connected Dolls, Talking Dinosaurs, and Battling Robots." The paper explores the landscape of connected toys including how toys connect to platforms and servers and the variety of types of connected toys. 

Privacy #Online Safety #Privacy #Connected Toys