WASHINGTON, DC - The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today announced that The Walt Disney Company has joined as a member. Disney's support of FOSI signifies the company's commitment to promoting a safe online environment for children of all ages.
The name Walt Disney is preeminent in the field of family entertainment. The company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, has a significant online presence. The media networks segment comprises a vast array of broadcast, cable, radio, publishing and Internet businesses, while the Disney Interactive Media Group is responsible for the creation and delivery of Disney branded interactive entertainment and informational content across multiple platforms including online, mobile and video game consoles around the globe.
"We are honored to have such a trusted voice in family entertainment join us in helping keep children safe and secure in the online environment," said Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI. "The Walt Disney Company has a huge presence online and plays an important role in equipping kids to make positive life choices; we're excited to collaborate with a company that has, for generations, prioritized the safety of families and children."
"Since our founding in 1923, The Walt Disney Company has remained committed to entertaining children and their families," said Susan Fox, vice president of government affairs for The Walt Disney Company and new incoming FOSI board member. "Disney's online websites and virtual worlds such as Club Penguin continue to be exemplary of the company's unwavering commitment to online safety for kids and families and we are excited to work with FOSI and its members to continue to spread the word about the importance of online safety."
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's members include: AOL, AT&T, Blue Coat Systems, BT Retail, Comcast, Entertainment Software Association, Facebook, France Telecom, Google, GSM Association, Kingston Communications, Loopt, Microsoft, Motion Picture Association of America, MySpace, NCTA, Ning, Nominum, Optenet, RuleSpace, Sprint, StreamShield, Symantec, Time Warner Cable, Telefónica, TELMEX, T-Mobile, USTelecom, The Wireless Foundation, Verizon and Yahoo!. FOSI hosts an annual international conference to bring together Internet safety advocates from a variety of sectors, including global corporations, government, non-profits, academia and the media, to discuss the current pulse of online safety and emerging solutions that will enhance it.
About The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of about $36 billion in its most recent fiscal year.