Latest Family Online Safety Institute Stories

California Law Gives Minors Internet Delete Button
2013-09-25 11:19:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Kids may say the darndest things, but in the age of social media, those things can come back to haunt them. To help keep kids from ruining their future job or relationship prospects, California has just passed a law that will give minors the power to compel social media sites to delete their personal history, including comments, posts and pictures. "This is a groundbreaking protection for our kids who often act impetuously with...

Use Of Private Teen Info Cause Of Parental Concern
2012-11-20 14:16:29

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online While the Internet has become a much safer place than it once was in its earlier, wild west days, there is still some concern that it´s not the safest place for kids and teens. Thanks to education and a few particularly eye-opening television specials about the dangers of talking to strangers on the Internet, these fears have waned somewhat. Now, the larger concern for parents of teenagers is how their information is stored...

Generation Gap Online Between Parents And Teenagers
2012-11-15 06:49:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Teenagers are more connected than ever, and understand online privacy and safety issues differently than previous generations, according to a new study from the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) that investigated the online generation gap between parents and teens. The survey found that found 91% of parents say they know what their teens do online and with their mobile phones. However, just 62% of teens say their parents are...

Teen Behavior On Social Networks
2011-11-09 12:46:39

A majority of teenagers who use social networking sites say their online peers are mostly kind to one another online, but 88 percent still say they have witnessed people being mean and cruel as well, according to a new survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the Family Online Safety Institute, and Cable in the Classroom. With 95 percent of all teenagers 12 to 17 years old now online, and 80 percent being users of online social networks, many logging on daily, the Internet has...

2011-05-10 07:00:00

Margarita Cedeno de Fernandez of the Dominican Republic and Margarita Zavala of Mexico Announce Commitment to Online Safety Worldwide LONDON and WASHINGTON, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), an international nonprofit organization dedicated to online safety, today launched the First Ladies Initiative for Online Safety. The goal of the Initiative is to engage first ladies from around the globe in a cross-cultural dialogue and programs that...

2011-02-11 07:12:00

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kids' Internet Safety Expert Katie LeClerc Greer Asks: "Are the kids all right -- on social networks?" With the increasing popularity of online social networks where kids can play games, communicate with friends and create profiles, parents have many questions about what's appropriate and at what age. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) applies to any Website collecting information from kids under the age of 13, and many...

2010-11-10 11:58:29

Industry executives said on Tuesday that Internet companies need to be more accountable for the mass of personal data collected from users to guard against cyber crime.  "Information is the currency of growth, but it's also increasingly become the currency of crime," Peter Cullen, chief privacy strategist for Microsoft Corp, said at the Family Online Safety Institute's annual conference. "People have very high expectations when it comes to companies in terms of how they collect, use,...

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