Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is calling for more research into the phenomenon of 'sexting' as it warns of the extra responsibilities and implications of expanding internet services for all. In a conference designed to coincide with the launch of the Digital Britain report, FOSI is bringing together academics, corporate experts and industry trade bodies to discuss online safety for children, particularly around mobile phones.
FOSI press release statement in support of National Internet Safety Month gets deserved attention.
Stephen Balkam, FOSI's CEO, talks about Qik, the new wireless streaming video technology that like Twitter can have significant implications for child safety.
An interesting article by Matthew Lasar on sexting amongst young people as discussed at the recent CTIA and FOSI hosted Wirelss Online Safety Conference.
The UK Government has published a plan to secure Britain’s place at the forefront of the global digital economy. The interim report contains more than 20 recommendations, including specific proposals on next generation networks,universal access to broadband, the creation of a second public service provider of scale, the modernisation of wireless radio spectrum holdings, a digital future for radio, a new deal for digital content rights and enhancing the digital delivery of public services.The Byron Report has contributed significantly to this report. The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) was a core recommendation and has now been established. One of its roles will be to implement a child Internet safety strategy as part of the Digital Britain Report. FOSI is a member of the UKCCIS Council.
Last year, 49 state attorneys general created The Internet Safety Technical Task Force to study the problem of how to keep kids safer online. A year later, the task force's findings have caused some controversy. Namely that the biggest threat to kids on the internet comes from their peers. Task force member and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute Stephen Balkam discusses the study.
An article for Inauguration Day by Stephen Balkam in the Huffington Post