A Safer Internet for All

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The Art of Shutting Down

By Zoe McLeod | July 25, 2017

As kids continue to enjoy their last month of summer, their use of social media, video games, and Internet activity may reach its peak. Although this additional screen time is a chance for teens to blow off steam and distract themselves from the fast-approaching school year, it may be in their best interest to experience an “electronic cleanse” before heading back to the classroom.  

#Teens #Unplugging

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How to Stay in Touch With Your Camper This Summer

By Rebecca Kielty | June 8, 2017

Summer is a great time to take a break from our devices. But when children are away from home, maybe for the first time, staying in touch is important. Some camps have a no phones or electronic devices policy.  What can you do to stay in touch while getting the benefits of a tech-lite summer? Here are a few tips to follow this summer:

#Good Digital Parenting #Summer Camp #Online Safety #summer

Policy & Research

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

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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