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

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For This Bullying Prevention Month, a Bit of Clarity

By Anne Collier | Oct. 18, 2018

The Pew Research Center just published a surprisingly high figure under a headline referring to “cyberbullying.” The authors report that 59% of US 13-17 year-olds had experienced some form of it.

#Research #Cyberbullying

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Digital Citizenship in a Fake News Society

By Janice Taylor | Oct. 16, 2018

As the shouts from all corners of the world repeat the phrase “fake news,” my mind instantly swirls to children.

#Fake News #The Four Way Test #Kids

Policy & Research

POLICY BRIEF

Tech Addiction; Not All Screens Are Created Equal

For many years the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended no screen time for under 2’s. The advice was clear and easy to follow, in theory if not always in practice, parents should avoid giving their toddler a computer. However, technology changed but the guidance took time to update, in the meantime parenting became more complicated. What do you do when grandparents want to FaceTime? or when the toys that a baby has don’t have screen but do connect to the Internet? How does one parent in this new digital environment and what can be done to help?

#Tech Addiction #Screen Time

POLICY BRIEF

Community Solutions to Controversial Content Online

In the second of the series on responses to controversial online content this FOSI Brief examines the ways that the Internet community can respond to online challenges and help create a better Internet for all. The first Brief looked at technical responses and concluded that while technical advancements promise much in the fight against objectionable, but legal content, on their own technical solutions are not enough.

#Online Safety #Online Harrassment #Content Moderation

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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.