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FOSI in the News
Aug
21
2014
The Washington Post

Jennifer Hanley, Director of Legal and Policy at the Family Online Safety Institute, comments on the removal of the most recent beheading videos.

Aug
19
2014
Chicago Tribune

Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute, comments on the use of tracking applications for parents to monitor their kids activity, and how this can lead to the breakdown of trust in the parent-child relationship.

Aug
18
2014
The New York Times

Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute, answers the question of "Should Parents Share Images of Their Kids Online?"

Aug
06
2014
Marketplace

Google’s email scanning technology has lead to the arrest of a man on child pornography charges. FOSI’s CEO Stephen Balkam comments on this practice and the industry’s efforts to eradicate child sexual abuse images.

Jul
18
2014
CNN

FOSI’s CEO, Stephen Balkam, is quoted in an article on CNN.com titled, “#IamJada: When abuse becomes a teen meme”: “Parents ‘should encourage their kids to be up-standers and not bystanders when they see something as negative as what was happening to Jada,’ Balkam said. Speaking up may not be easy, he adds, but it's worthwhile, whether you're a bystander or a victim of abuse.”

Jul
14
2014
Yahoo! Tech

Read the latest article by Dan Tynan of Yahoo! Tech that quotes FOSI’s CEO, Stephen Balkam: "If you are worried that your kid is being cyberbullied or other challenging things are going on, then it is perfectly in your right as a parent to check in from time to time," he adds. "Simply make that known up front with your kids."

Jun
27
2014
The Sydney Morning Herald

FOSI’s CEO, Stephen Balkam, is quoted in an editorial advising parents to “think before they post” on social media: “Stephen Balkam, from the Family Online Safety Institute, advocates giving older children the option of taking down pictures they don’t want in cyberspace. Of course, it is hard to be confident that anything is ever permanently erased from the digital world. It is far better if parents set a good example for the teens their children will become by thinking first before they post.”

May
16
2014
The Huffington Post

Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute, comments on the European Union Court of Justice's recent ruling in favor of a "right to be forgotten.”

May
05
2014
The Huffington Post

Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI, discusses the difference between “risk” and “real harm,” both online and in the real world. “Keeping kids safe from harm is different than ensuring an avoidance of risk. In certain circumstances, risk can be good. Being exposed to some danger or the possibility of something bad happening and overcoming that situation leads to a wonderful sense of achievement, builds confidence and most importantly, resilience in ourselves and in our kids.

Apr
24
2014
The Huffington Post

Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI, discusses the recent InBloom Failure. “Let's include parents as well as teachers and the administrators in the discussions about what is necessary and acceptable in terms of what information is kept and what is not. Let's address the privacy and security issues head on and then build a real sense of trust among parents.”