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

Trust and Civility In Our Challenging Times

By Stephen Balkam | Nov. 16, 2017

Ten years ago, we launched the Family Online Safety Institute at a time of extraordinary change and innovation.

Sarahah – Intention vs Reality

By Grace Entwistle | Nov. 15, 2017

Sarahah is an anonymous app created in Saudi Arabia, with the intention of giving employees an anonymous way to give feedback to their managers and colleagues.  However, the main users are no longer adult employees but teenagers giving feedback to their friends.

Policy & Research


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.


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


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