2020 Vision: The Future of Online Safety

The policies, practices and parenting we'll need in 2020 and beyond.

Good Digital Parenting

TikTok's Top 10 Tips for Parents

Oct. 17, 2019

Everyone wants their kids' online experiences to be positive, but don't always know where to start. Check out these top tips for getting the most out of TikTok!


TikTok Parental Controls

Oct. 16, 2019

Looking for guidance on TikTok? Download the Parental Controls guide to learn more about the platform's safety tools and features built to help you or your teen get the most out of the app. 

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Policy & Research

Protecting Innocence In A Digital Age

Testimony of Stephen Balkam, CEO and Founder of Family Online Safety Institute, before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary -  July 9, 2019


Revisiting COPPA

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and its corresponding Rule were passed in 1998, before Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, or Hello Barbie were even conceived. Despite the Rule having been updated there have been calls to alter the way that children’s privacy is regulated in the United States. This white paper explores the implications of the current regime and potential areas of improvement. 


Online Safety Across the Generations

Technology has the power to bring families together across generations. This year, FOSI explored intergenerational technology use as well as how parents and seniors think about the benefits and challenges technology brings to their families. In this new report, FOSI asked parents about digital role modeling, managing content and screen time, and what resources they rely upon to help navigate their family’s online safety. For the first time, FOSI also looked at how seniors feel about going online, to better understand their concerns, what they may be interested in doing online, and how they rely on their adult children and their grandchildren in order to address with technology issues. Both parents and seniors shared some the steps they take to protect themselves and their families when it comes to the Internet.