‘Tis the Season for New Tech: Enjoy Technology Safely this Holiday Season

December 12, 2022

The holidays are known for joy, excitement and lots of festivities. But for parents, the month of December can come with a long to-do list that includes one particularly heavy task – holiday gift shopping. Many parents are reviewing wish lists that contain some of the newest, most cutting-edge technology on the market. Some kids may even be asking for their first smartphone or tablet, and others may be interested in virtual reality or gaming consoles. Parents want to make the holidays magical for their kids, and seeing the excitement on their faces as they unwrap presents is always a highlight of the season. But technology can come with its own set of challenges, and it’s important that parents understand these gadgets before kids unwrap them.

No matter what gifts kids are asking for this season, we want to do our part in empowering  parents to create a fun and safe environment for technology use. Over the past few years, consumer technology has evolved rapidly, and kids are often among the first to experiment with the newest tech gadgets. As soon as adults catch on to the latest trends, technology has already moved ahead, making many parents feel overwhelmed and unable to keep up with their children’s online activities. To provide clarity and guidance for both parents and kids, we’ve created a new series, “FOSI Holiday Tech Tips: Making a List, Checking it Twice,” that includes  helpful resources to better understand how to bring technology home and use it safely.

The holidays often provide the perfect opportunity for families to spend quality time together and make cherished memories. We encourage you to use the season’s extra free time to connect with your children on the importance of tech safety and finding a healthy balance within our busy connected lives .

Some highlights in our holiday technology series include:

We at FOSI are wishing you a safe and happy holiday season, both on and offline!

Written by

Maria Conticelli

Maria Conticelli is the Chief of Staff for the Family Online Safety Institute, where she contributes to creating effective organizational systems - including those related to culture, communication, staffing, and workflow. She collaborates with senior staff on membership, programmatic, and organizational strategy, and provides financial and administrative oversight.  For more than a decade, Maria's primary focus has been in the non-profit sector, leading and building teams, managing day-to-day operations, and implementing effective strategies for programmatic success.

Maria graduated from Saint Mary's College with a bachelor's degree in Theater and Communication Studies, and she received a master's degree in Child Development at the Erikson Institute in Chicago. Maria also serves on the Board of Directors for Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) in Washington, D.C.