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FOSI in the News
Jan
25
2018
Up to Speed

How much screen time is too much screen time? When should kids get their first smartphone? Are you guilty of “sharenting?” If you’re raising a kid in the digital world, this podcast is for you. Katie talks with Stephen Balkam, Founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute, about technology and families today.

Jan
16
2018
WTOP

As society spends more time looking at screens, experts say it’s up to parents to model good digital behavior for their kids. FOSI CEO Stephan Balkam is interviewed.

Jan
15
2018
The Today Show

Many of us enjoy sharing pictures of our kids online. But there are new concerns about the long-term consequences of “sharenting” in terms of cyber security and identity theft. FOSI CEO Stephen Balkam is interviewed.

Jan
08
2018
The Washington Post

Two major Apple shareholders and a prominent former Apple executive are calling on the company to change how it approaches some of its youngest customers, alleging that the computing giant's products risk causing long-term physical or mental harm to children. FOSI CEO Stephen Balkam is quoted

Dec
18
2017
Slate

’Tis the season when parents (er, Santa) are gathering gifts for children. And while gadgets are a perennial favorite, the privacy and security concerns that their sensors, microphones, cameras, trackers, data storage components, and web connections raise are making many think twice about the role of technology in children’s lives.

Dec
18
2017
CNET

The social network releases more details on how it will punish those engaging in abusive and hateful behavior. FOSI CEO Stephen Balkam is quoted.

Dec
09
2017
WIRED

Tips for developing good digital habits in your children. FOSI CEO Stephen Balkam is quoted.

Dec
05
2017
The Mercury News

Messenger Kids has also sparked concerns among some parents, pediatricians and consumer advocates who worry about the data Facebook will be gathering from kids. FOSI CEO Stephen Balkam is quoted.

Dec
05
2017
New York Post

Facebook is targeted kids as young as 6 with a new messaging app introduced on Monday. FOSI CEO Stephan Balkam is quoted.

Dec
04
2017
CNN

The social network on Monday announced a new standalone app called Messenger Kids. It targets children ages six to 12. FOSI CEO Stephan Balkam is quoted.