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FOSI in the News
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.

Nov
26
2017
WTOP

Smart toys that connect to the internet are at the top of kids’ wish lists this year, but experts say the toys can be used to spy on them and expose children to predators. FOSI CEO, Stephan Balkam, is quoted.

Nov
17
2017
The Washington Post

Researchers at the Washington nonprofit Family Online Safety Institute asked parents how they would weigh the benefits and harms of a wide range of technologies. They also found that learning more about products alone didn’t help put parents’ minds at ease.

Nov
16
2017
Kidscreen

The US Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) has released a new Amazon-backed report on the comfort level of parents whose children use connected tech like smartphones, wearables and toys.

Nov
16
2017
CBS News

Larry Magid discusses new research with CBS News radio from the Newseum at FOSI's 2017 annual conference.