Ms. Hawkins is a passionate advocate for the protection of children both online and in the real world. With more than 20 years’ child safety experience in both for profit and nonprofit sectors, she has developed national prevention programs, designed best practices for youth protection and privacy, and built national awareness campaigns.
Ms. Hawkins currently serves as a strategic consultant for the Family Online Safety Institute providing oversight and direction to FOSI's Good Digital Parenting, fostering deeper engagement and audience growth.
Ms. Hawkins also serves as iKeepSafe’s Chief Safety and Privacy Officer. She leads iKeepSafe’s privacy program with a focus on strengthening protections for student data within educational environments, among other areas.
Ms. Hawkins comes to FOSI and iKeepSafe after serving most recently as Vice President of Programs and Outreach at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). In her role at the NCMEC, Ms. Hawkins was the leading force behind the development of KidSmartz, a national abduction prevention program for children in grades K-5. She also oversaw the expansion of NetSmartz, a leading Internet safety program, and the development of trainings for law enforcement, educators and other professionals focused on reducing child sexual exploitation and preventing child victimization.
Prior to NCMEC, Ms. Hawkins served as AOL’s Director of Global consumer Policy and Child Safety where she worked closely with both domestic and international child protection and Internet safety organizations to develop best practices for the protection of children online. She was responsible for a wide range of consumer protection and risk management issues for AOL brands including children’s safety and privacy, programming and advertising policies as well as community standards and moderation.
Ms. Hawkins served on the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, the board of the Family Online Safety Institute and was an advisor to Enough is Enough. She was also a member of the European Commission’s Social Networking Principles Task Force, Internet Watch Foundation and the UK Council for Children and Internet Safety (UKCCIS).
Holly Hawkins joined NCMEC in 2013. She is responsible for community outreach and prevention education programs as well as NCMEC’s branch offices in Florida, New York and Texas.
Ms. Hawkins is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).
FOSI Project Consultant Holly Hawkins discusses ways parents can help kids navigate the Internet safely and explains the benifets of FOSI's "How to Be a Good Digital Parent" program
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) helps you prepare for back-to-school time with Internet safety lessons and new resources from the NetSmartz® Workshop.