Sarah Hoffman

Project Administrator, Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)

Sarah is the Project Administrator at the Family Online Safety Institute. She helps run FOSI’s Platform for Good (PfG) and writes and develops many of the campaigns and blogs featured on the website. Sarah also manages the organization’s different social media accounts and PfG email outreach efforts – working to spread the message that technology can be used as a tool for doing good and making a difference.

Recently written by Sarah

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Clean Up Your Digital Footprint

Take some time to clean-up your digital footprint with this checklist.

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Teens and Online Dating Apps

Today’s teens are flirting in an entirely different landscape. Sure, they are still flirting in hallways and movie theaters but they are also flirting over text message, social media, and apps specifically designed for flirting and dating.

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14 Ways People Showed Love Online This Year

Just six weeks into 2014, we’ve read countless stories of people doing great things with technology – making differences in the lives of friends, families, and even strangers with their devices. We wanted you to feel the love too so we put together a list of 14 of our favorite feel-good stories.

Talking to Teens about Waiting

We often tell teens to think before they post. But have you ever talked with them about waiting to post? It's amazing what they can miss out on when they are constantly looking down at their phone or computer screen.

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Starting the Digital Citizenship Conversation

Check out these three conversations that are sure to help kids understand what digital citizenship means and why it's important.

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Safety Tips: Online Donations and Online Shopping

Before you make any donations or do any online shopping, here are some important tips to look at:

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New Year, New Technology Habits

Check out these four easy steps to cleaning up your technology and online reputation for 2014.

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Helping Kids Build Media and Digital Literacies

These days, kids don’t just need to know how to read and write. Basic literacy isn’t enough in the 21st century. Check out these three steps to help your child build important media and digital literacies.

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Understanding Teens, Privacy, and Online Identity

There are some important things parents need to understand when it comes to connected teens and privacy and some even more important conversations parents can have to help encourage teens to exercise the same discretion they use offline, online too.

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Online Safety, Security, and Privacy: Talking to Kids about the Basics

Are we teaching children to apply critical thinking skills to their online behavior? Here are some ways to help kids see why the same offline rules apply online.

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Giving Safe on #GivingTuesday

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday and it’s a great day to donate online. But, before you make any dollar donations tomorrow, ask yourself these important questions:

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What Do Technology and Halloween Have In Common?

Between costumes, tricks, and treats, the two have more in common than you think.

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#digcit Twitter Party Recap

We hosted our first-ever Twitter party yesterday. Read the highlights and archived Tweets here:

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Campaign Helps Grandparents Get Plugged-In and Go Wired

Today, DoSomething.org announced the re-launch of their Grandparents Gone Wired campaign -- a program that encourages teens to get senior citizens online.

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We're Having a Party!

Mark your calendar because we’re having a party – a Twitter party that is! Join us on 10/23 at 3:00 EDT to discuss all things digital citizenship under hashtag #digcit.

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Parents Admit to Distracting Kids With Mobile Devices

61% of parents have given their child a smartphone or tablet to keep them occupied. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you pass of your device.

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Is Your Boy the Bully? New Book Gets to the Heart of the Question

In her new book out today, Masterminds and Wingmen, Rosalind Wiseman gives parents the confidence to ask themselves that question and the tools to have meaningful conversations with their boys – regardless of whether the answer is yes or not.

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Is It Time You Had “The Talk” About Instagram?

Instagram just announced they have an active monthly user base of 150 million. If your teen is one of them, it's time to have a conversation about sharing and privacy.

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Connected Grandparents: Online Safety and Older Adults

Older adults are increasingly using technology. But, do the grandparents or senior citizens in your life have the skills and information to help them navigate networked places safely?

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Digital Citizenship Flashcards

Get an A+ in digital citizenship this year with these flashcards -- learn the basics then start a family discussion.

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50 Tech-tivities for Summer Fun

Under the themes of Go, Learning, Fun, Change, and Digital Citizenship, the PfG team has put together 50 tech-tivities to help you have fun with technology this Summer season.

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There’s always #latergram

Technology has allowed us to preserve our lives in unimaginable ways. But, when we’re posting our memories, let’s not forget what’s most important – making them. After all, you can always #latergram it…

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Do Good Online. I Dare You.

This Saturday is Dare Day. In honor, we dare you to do good online.

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Doing Good With Technology

Need some inspiration before you go out and do good with technology? Here are some stories to make you feel good!

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We’ve Got News! It’s Called Project:Connect!

We've got great news! We just launched Project:Connect along with Facebook, the MacArthur Foundation and Mozilla!

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April: It’s All About the Library

April boasts School Library Month and National Library Week. Here's why we're celebrating and why libraries matter to technology.

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Kat Calvin: Young. Accomplished. Nerdy.

We sat down with entrepreneur and activist, Kat Calvin, to talk about some of her projects and were reminded of something we already knew - young people are doing incredible things!

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Hi Rosalind, You Mattered.

A woman named Rosalind Franklin took the photo that would lead to the eventual discovery of the structure of DNA. Here's why her story matters to aspiring female scientists.

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Women’s History Month: Celebrating Women in STEM

This year, Women's History Month celebrates women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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Make a Difference with Your Spring Break

For many, spring break is a time of fun-in-the-sun. For some, it's a time for fun with volunteering. Read about a growing trend: alternative spring breaks.

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14 Stories: Showing Love With Technology

We read stories every day about the goodness of people being expressed and amplified by technology. Here are 14 stories to fill your Valentine's Day with even more love.

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This Safer Internet Day, Pledge to Use Your Power for Good

Safer Internet Day is in one week! To celebrate the day, we'll be asking you to pledge to use your online power for good. Won't you join us?

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Technology 101: Why Teaching Parents Can Be Fun

Do your parents have frustrating questions about technology? If yes, read how you can easily help your parents get hip to the tech world!

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Give the Gift of Online Safety

This holiday season we've created online safety cards for you to include with your child's technology present. Download one today!

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We're Declaring Our Interdependence

What do we mean by that? Watch our video and find out for yourself!

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Doing Good With Technology This Thanksgiving

Here are two stories of people using technology and social media to do great things in their communities.

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We Launched Teach Parent Tech!

We are so proud to announce the arrival of Teach Parents Tech! Here are some photos from launch-day and a brief description of the videos themselves.

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Why “A Platform for Good”?

What does A Platform for Good really mean? Our CEO, Stephen Balkam, explains in this Comcast Newsmakers interview.

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Discuss: Is Virtual Discipline a Good Approach?

We want readers to weigh in on the idea of using the Internet as a form of punishment. What do you think? Good or bad?

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Lights! Camera! Online Safety!

We have an announcement that we think you will want to see... A Platform for Good made its public debut…its public service debut, that is! 

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I came, I saw, I cardboarded at the Global Cardboard Challenge!

Read and see what happened when I attended a Global Cardboard Challenge event in Washington, DC.

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The Global Cardboard Challenge is almost here!

This weekend people will be having out-of-the-box fun...with boxes! Around the world people are organizing to imagine, create, and do some good in the process.