FOSI Asks: What is Safe and Healthy Online Use?

Beginning today, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) will host its Fifth Annual Conference & Exhibition: "Evaluate. Innovate. Collaborate. Strategies for Safe and Healthy Online Use."

This two-day event, held in Washington, D.C., challenges an international audience of policymakers, Internet industry leaders, educators, legislators, authors, law enforcement, Internet safety advocates, teachers and technologists to explore the science and health issues related to children and the Internet: How can we find balance in our hyper-connected lives? When should parents address "digital drama" if kids misbehave online? What does privacy online even mean? What role does neuroscience play in developing healthy relationships online? Can social networking provide a platform for good?

At the conference, the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project will release a new study: "Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites: How American teens navigate the new world of 'digital citizenship.'" The study, conducted by the Pew Internet Project in partnership with FOSI and with the support of Cable in the Classroom, explores the unique issues teens face when using social networking sites. In a keynote address, Amanda Lenhart, Senior Research Specialist at Pew Research Center, will discuss the teen experience on social networking sites and insights from the study.


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