A Safer Internet for All

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

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Finally, kids can have their own Google accounts (with parents’ help)

By Anne Collier | March 21, 2017

Google made a bit of history by opening up its universe of apps and services to users under 13 as their parents design it. Family Link, the name of the new parental control toolset, describes it well: Parents download the tools to their own and the kids’ devices, then link them up for a whole family’s real-time digital device management.

#Good Digital Parenting #Parents #Kids #Google

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The Effects of Using Technology at Night

By Jessica Phillips | March 13, 2017

Technology at bedtime can wreak havoc on our bodies, sleep schedules and overall well-being. It is especially important to consider these potential issues when considering what technology rules to establish as a family, as children and even adolescents need significantly more sleep than adults do. Here are some of the ways that technology interrupts sleep and evening routines.

#technology #Good Digital Parenting #teens

Policy & Research

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

POLICY BRIEF

Online Harassment: Testing the Limits of Free Speech

Few places on the Internet can claim to be free from harassment. Newspaper websites, social media platforms, online sports forums, gaming sites, and television fan comment boards deal with this problem. All corners of the web are impacted in some way by the scourge of vile and degrading speech aimed at public and private people alike. Eradicating this speech and creating an Internet that can be confidently used by everyone is a challenge that must be confronted by all sectors of society. 

Safety #Safety #Privacy #policy

POLICY FILING

The Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things

On June 2nd, FOSI filed comments with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) at the Department of Commerce in response to a request for comments on "The Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things." 

Safety #Internet of Things #Privacy #Internet Safety