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Jennifer Hanley

VP, Legal & Policy, Family Online Safety Institute

Jennifer Hanley is the Vice President of Legal and Policy for the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI).  Jennifer directs FOSI’s government outreach and policy strategy. Jennifer helps FOSI build relationships with government officials as well as external partnerships and advises leading technology companies on best practices, policy developments, and emerging issues around online safety. Jennifer implements FOSI’s global projects and initiatives and manages the Washington, D.C. staff team.  She also leads FOSI’s research work.  Jennifer develops policy positions on Internet safety issues including online privacy, mobile safety, cyberbullying, sexting, controversial content, student data privacy, encouraging positive online content for kids, and federal and state legislation and regulations.  Jennifer also represents FOSI on panels and in the press. 

Jennifer is a magna cum laude graduate of the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where she served as a Vice Chancellor on the CUA Moot Court Board and as the Vice President of the Communications Law Students Association. Jennifer held legal internships with FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, EchoStar, and Comcast. Jennifer graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from the George Washington University where she studied Political Science.

Recently written by Jennifer

The Balancing Act: Navigating Time Limits on Tech Use

“How long should I let my child spend online a day?” is one of the top questions I get when talking to parents. Honestly, there is no right or wrong approach. While I had very few limits on how much television I watched, or how long I spent on AIM (showing my age here) I have other friends who weren’t allowed any television during the week at all when they were younger. We all turned out ok in the end! But there are a few ideas here on how best to instill a balanced use of technology within your family. 

“Sharenting: Think Before You Post - About Your Child”

After a friend recently had a baby, I was surprised to see that her Facebook announcement did not include any pictures. Nor did any subsequent posts. A later text shared a photo with a request not to post anything online because she doesn’t want pictures of the baby on the Internet.


Talking to Your Family About Hate Speech Online

In the aftermath of Charlottesville, my friend expressed concern about how to explain the events to her six-year-old daughter. She mentioned that she was relieved that at such a young age she isn’t online and seeing the hate-filled content that occupies some parts of the web. She asked me where she should begin the conversation. 


It's Okay to Take a Break From Social Media

Taking a break from social media can be a way to relax a bit and think more, and for some families it is also a way to enforce general household rules.


Establishing a Family Online Safety Contract

Parents often ask how to get started with online safety conversations at home and what rules they should establish for their families. 

Protecting Online Reputation

In April 2016, FOSI filed comments with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) of Canada about educating children on the importance of their on and off-line reputation through online activities. 


Improving Your Online Reputation in Time for Graduation

Here are a few things that parents can encourage their child to do to enhance their digital footprint-  whether they are applying for college, an internship, or their first job. 


Talking About Teen Identity Theft

Tips for parents to help minimize the risk of identity theft of them and their child. An important online safety issue is teen identity theft.  Parents should be aware of the personal information their children are sharing online.  


Are You Sharing More Than Your Kids Online?

Research from the Family Online Safety Institute examines the amount of information parents are sharing online about their families.  


Parents, Privacy & Technology Use - Latest FOSI Research Findings

 FOSI's latest research gives insight into what parents think about online privacy, social media use, and the positives and negatives of their kids using technology. 


Parents, Help Your Connected Teens Get Safety Savvy This Summer

Summer vacation means a break from school, but all of the extra hours in the day also mean that they may be Whispering, Periscoping, and Snapchatting even more. This makes it a prime opportunity for families to talk about responsible Internet use, limiting passive screen time, double-checking safety settings, and avoiding over-sharing.


FOSI’s Parenting in the Digital Age Research

How do parents feel about parenting in the digital age? Check out FOSI's latest research to learn what parents are saying about their child's use of technology. 

Federal Trade Commission Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on COPPA

On September 24, 2012, FOSI filed comments with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in response to further proposed revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.

Federal Trade Commission Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on COPPA

In 2011, FOSI filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety

In June 2010, FOSI submitted comments to the Australian Parliamnet's Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety.

Federal Communications Commission Empowering Parents and Protecting Children in an Evolving Media Landscape

In 2010, FOSI filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission on how to empower parents and protect children in an evolving media landscape.

Federal Communications Commission Notice of Inquiry on the Implementation of the Child Safe Viewing Act; Examination of Parental Control Technologies

In 2009, FOSI submitted information to the Federal Communications Commission on the existence, availability and use of parental control tools and initiatives.