Yahoo! Joins FOSI to Enable Safer Internet Experience

January 27, 2009

WASHINGTON – January 28, 2009 –The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today announced Yahoo! is joining the international, non-profit organization to help identify and promote best practices, tools and methods to protect children on the Internet. Catherine Davis Teitelbaum, the Yahoo! Director of Policy for Child Safety, will serve on the FOSI Board of Directors. As a leading Internet company dedicated to online safety, Yahoo!’s membership will provide valuable insight to keeping families safe online.

“FOSI welcomes Yahoo! to our organization and we are eager to begin collaborating on ideas to create a safer Internet experience,” said Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI. “Over the years Yahoo! has played an important role as the Internet has developed and will further provide FOSI with an insightful voice on how to best promote online safety while families are surfing the net.”

“FOSI is at the forefront of developing the best practices to protect kids online,” said Catherine Davis Teitelbaum. “At Yahoo! we have been dedicated to protecting kids online and have created features such as Yahoo! Safely that give parents and kids interactive tips and tools to help them stay safe. Our membership with FOSI will allow us share some of the innovative ways we are working to keep kids safe on the Internet and collaborate on best practices in the industry.”

About FOSI

The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) works to make the online world safe 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, BT Retail, Cisco, Comcast, Computing Technology Industry Association, Crisp Thinking, France Telecom/Orange, Google, GSMA, Loopt, Microsoft, Mpower Media, MySpace, Ning, Privo, Rulespace, Sentinel, Sprint, StreamShield, Symantec, Telefónica, Telmex, 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. For more information, please visit

At the Second Annual FOSI Conference, a new report on online safety education titled Making Wise Choices Online was issued, for more information on this report go to

About Yahoo! Inc.

Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo! is focused on powering its communities of users, advertisers, publishers, and developers by creating indispensable experiences built on trust. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit or the company's blog, Yodel Anecdotal.