WASHINGTON, DC - The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today announced that Mind Candy has joined as a member. Mind Candy, headquartered in the United Kingdom, is one of the world's fastest growing social online gaming companies and the global developer, operator and publisher of Moshi Monsters, an online world for kids to share, develop and communicate with their friends in a safe environment.As the publisher and operator of the popular Moshi Monsters website, Mind Candy and its U.S. subsidiary, Big Bad Bill Inc., is committed to providing an educational, fun and exciting digital space for kids. More than 70 million kids have registered on Moshi Monsters.com to date and following its online success the company has branched out into physical products spanning toys, books, magazines, videogames, trading cards and much more. Mind Candy was also recently recognized as a Technology Pioneer 2013 by the World Economic Forum.
"We are excited to welcome Mind Candy as the newest member of FOSI," said Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI. "Mind Candy joins us in our mission to make the Internet an exciting place for kids to learn and have fun. Together, we can create a safer online world for families across the globe."
"Mind Candy maintains a strong commitment to online safety, while providing a playful environment for kids to engage in the online gaming space," said Rebecca Newton, Chief Community & Safety Officer at Mind Candy. "Moshi Monsters is one of the fastest growing gaming sites and we are excited to join forces with FOSI to make sure that we continue to uphold the highest standard of safety for our users."
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) works to make the online world safer for kids and their families by identifying and promoting best practices, tools and methods that also respect free speech. FOSI is a trusted, international convener, bringing together leaders in government, industry and the nonprofit sectors to collaborate and innovate new solutions in child safety in a Web 2.0 world. FOSI's members include: AOL, AT&T, BAE Systems Detica, BT Retail, Comcast, Disney, Entertainment Software Association, Facebook, France Telecom, Google, GSM Association, Microsoft, Mind Candy, Motion Picture Association of America, NCTA, Nominum, Optenet, Sprint, Symantec, Time Warner Cable, Telefónica, The Cyber Guardian, The Wireless Foundation, Verizon and Yahoo!.
About Mind Candy
Mind Candy is the online games developer and entertainment company behind the hit global children's brand Moshi Monsters. The company was founded in 2004 by Michael Acton Smith, a UK-based entrepreneur who previously founded Firebox.com. For further information, visit www.mindcandy.com.