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Kids and technology: Is there any good news?

September 25th, 2012 No comments

What if we stopped listening to the fear-based news about cyberbullying, over-sharing, and loss of privacy?

What if we focused on research that doesn’t make for a scary headline on the evening news?

Would it surprise you to learn that a recent study by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) and the Pew Internet Project showed 69 percent of teens reporting that their peers are mostly kind on social networking sites?

A Platform for Good is a new FOSI project aimed at changing the conversation about kids and technology. The site is designed for parents, teens, and teachers to share information and to do good online. A Platform for Good features a blog written by experts in the field, a resource center with videos and curriculum for teachers, and many other interactive features.

For more information, see Announcing “A Platform for Good” – A Place to Connect, Share and Do Good or go directly to A Platform for Good.

Do you use parental controls?

September 27th, 2011 No comments

If you’re a parent, guardian, or a caregiver for kids, parental controls can help you control the content that your kids see on the Internet or on their Xbox. You can use parental controls to help support your own house rules and you can even customize them to fit a child’s age or maturity level.

The Family Online Safety Institute recently released the Parents’ Views of Online Safety study (sponsored by Microsoft) that found just over half of all U.S. parents say they’ve used family safety software to limit or monitor their child’s Internet use.

Compare family safety tools from Microsoft.

Read more.

What’s your experience with parental controls? Tell us about it in a comment below.

Free online resource for web safety educators

February 16th, 2011 Comments off

The Family Online Safety
Institute (FOSI)
is now making its well-known Global Resource and
Information Directory (GRID) available for free.

GRID monitors, tracks, and evaluates Internet safety content.
The tool is managed by editors and expert researchers worldwide.


Kim Sanchez, Chair of the FOSI Board of Directors and Group
Communications Manager at Microsoft, says, “Now, more so than ever, there
is a need for a global resource to highlight the best practices for an open and
thriving online ecosystem.”

GRID is available at