"Kids are getting smartphones at younger and younger ages," Balkam said. "And what parents have to realize is that these iPhones and other devices are very powerful mobile computers."
Safer Internet Day is part of a wider and long established effort by the European Union to raise awareness of illegal and harmful content for children. So, to mark Safer Internet Day, we at the Family Online Safety Institute are launching a Pledge for Good.
The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) released today their final amendments to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA). "We must be careful not to sacrifice the robust production of online learning tools for kids, parents and teachers in exchange for minimal online safety improvements. We are pleased to see some moderation on the part of the FTC from the initial proposals earlier this year, but we are concerned that the FTC created too much of a regulatory burden through these expanded rules, and people will simply not create content for kids. We don’t want to sacrifice the great potential of amazing interactive online tools for marginal improvements in privacy protections."- Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI
Another recent study by the Family Online Safety Institute revealed wide gaps between parental perceptions of their teen's online usage and the teen's own perceptions.
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Many parents are spying on their kids - but US expert warns against overreaction. Do it early and without fear - that's the advice an internet safety expert (Stephen Balkam) has for parents worried about how and when they should address concerns about their children's online activity.
A new study from the Family Online Safety Institute, a nonprofit on a mission to “make the online world safe for kids and families,” found that teens are not only more connected than ever, increasingly using mobile devices and social networks, but they understand privacy and safety issues in a way that previous generations didn’t.
Rapid changes in technology may point to an even larger generation gap between today’s teens and their parents.
A newly released study (The Online Generation Gap: Contrasting attitudes and behaviors of parents and teens) conducted by Hart Research Associates for the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) found a “generation gap” between what parents think they know about their kids online behavior and what the kids think their parents know.
When it comes to protecting their kids' safety online, parents and teens are at odds about the measures parents say they take.