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Nov
06
2019
The Hill

With virtual assistants sitting on our kitchen counters, connected toys living in our kids’ bedrooms, and facial recognition software popping up on our street corners, it can sometimes feel like we are living in an episode of Black Mirror. Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be revolutionizing our world, but we can’t take it for granted that these technologies will be positive for our kids and the next generation. To keep kids safe online, we must develop a culture of responsibility now — one in which online safety relies upon government, tech companies, schools, parents, and kids themselves.

Nov
05
2019
The Washington Post

Managers insist they are revamping policies to give American staff greater autonomy from Beijing.

Aug
21
2019
NBC KGW 8

It’s back-to-school season, which is the perfect time for parents to take extra steps to make sure their kids are being safe online.The Family Online Safety Institute is hosting workshops in partnership with Verizon this month to help families navigate the new age of digital parenting.

Aug
05
2019
Indianapolis FOX 59

Parenting today's tech savvy kids can be overwhelming.  Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute, joins Verizon's Andy Choi to share more about how to parent tech savvy kids.

Jun
19
2019
CNN

YouTube is weighing a number of changes to its handling of content for children following pressure from inside and outside the company, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Jun
18
2019
The Wall Street Journal

At 13, kids are still more than a decade from having a fully developed prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain involved in decision-making and impulse control. And yet parents and educators unleash them on the internet at that age—if not before—because they’re told children in the U.S. must be at least 13 to download certain apps, create email accounts and sign up for social media.

Apr
26
2019

Verizon Wireless is unveiling a new phone plan called "Just kids," meant to put controls like limited contacts, data, and phone calls in your hands, while getting a phone in your child's hand. 

Apr
20
2019
Euro Weekly

A FIFTH of young people in Spain, aged between 10 and 25, suffer from behavioral problems due to an addiction to digital devices.

Apr
02
2019
USA Today

A child's first cell phone is increasingly becoming an earlier, and pricier, decision for parents. While each family has its own decision to make on when the appropriate time is for their child to get their first device, Verizon is hoping a new plan will make the choice easier on the financial side of things with its new "Just Kids" plan. 

Nov
15
2018
CNN

First Lady Melania Trump says it is not news that critics and the media ridicule her for speaking out on cyberbullying.