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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bullied to tears, bored to death


Relentless coverage threatens to diminish bullying — especially to a teen audience that has its share of victims

Here's the thing about directing our attention so fully and passionately toward bullying: The people most affected by it are sick of talking about it.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Brampton students suspended for inappropriate tweets

Published on Thursday November 22, 2012

JEFF GREEN/TORONTO STARKhadijah Haghighi, 17, left, was one of five students suspended from a Brampton high school for comments about teachers on Twitter.
Jeff Green and Karissa Donkin
Staff Reporters 

Five Brampton high school students have been suspended for tweets sent after school hours that the board has characterized as malicious, explicitly sexual and violent in nature.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

FOSI Launches Teach Parents Tech Video Series

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FOSI Launches Teach Parents Tech Video Series

Yesterday on the first day of the 2012 FOSI Annual Conference, we launched Teach Parents Tech - an exciting new video series for parents!

On A Platform for Good, FOSI's newest initiative, we polled parents on their top technology concerns, and now the results are in. The videos are based on what real parents told us they wanted to know more about - from social media and apps to privacy settings.

Take a look at our new Teach Parents Tech videos on A Platform for Good!

The best part about these videos: the teens are the ones doing the teaching. The videos feature teens talking to parents about current technology topics and services.

But parents won't only be interacting with the teens on-screen. Teach Parents Tech also gives them the opportunity to connect with their own teens and other parents about what they've learned!

The feature allows parents to comment and discuss the videos, share their knowledge on social media or via email, and have conversations with their own teens about what they've seen. And, after completing any one of these actions, parents will be able to award themselves a virtual badge.

Watch and share our videos and get your virtual Teach Parents badge today!

Look for more updates from this year's conference in the coming weeks and follow #fosi2012 for the latest news from the event.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Protecting Reputations Online in Plain English

Find out how your decisions on sharing things online can impact your life in the real world. Learn to think before you click

New Study Shows Significant Gaps in Perceptions about Teens' Online Behavior

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November 14, 2012

New Study Shows Significant Gaps in Perceptions about Teens' Online Behavior

Parents and Teens Differ on Perceived Dangers, Both Take Steps to Protect Privacy and Security

WASHINGTON, DC - Research released today by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) (FOSI) explores the online generation gap between parents and teens and reveals a number of disparities in their views about online safety. These gaps in perception demonstrate that great advancements can and should be made to improve communication between parents and teens about online behavior. The nationwide online survey polled 511 teens and 500 parents who access the Internet and was conducted by Hart Research Associates, an independent research company.

Key survey findings include:
  • Teens think parents are less informed: The vast majority of parents (91 percent) say they are well informed about what their teens do online and on their cell phones. Teens are much less likely to say their parents are informed about these activities. Three in five teens say their parents are very (21 percent) or somewhat (41 percent) well informed about what they do online.
  • A disconnect exists in online safety conversations: Ninety three percent of parents say that they have talked to their teens about online safety. However, only 61 percent of teens reported having this conversation with their parents.
  • Parents underestimate teens' concerns about potential consequences of their online activities: Less than a quarter of parents (21 %) say teens are most concerned about identity theft, when this is a top concern for a plurality of teens (44 percent). Fewer than 10 percent of parents say teens are worried about online posts creating problems with colleges or employers, when in reality 30 percent of teens say these are top concerns.
  • Parents are monitoring more than teens think: Seventy percent of parents whose teen uses a cell phone have reviewed their teens' cell phone text messages and 79 percent have reviewed their teens' browser history. Eighty four percent of parents whose teen uses a cell phone report that they monitor their teens' cell phones at least somewhat closely. Only 39 percent of teens who use a cell phone report that their parents monitor their cell phones somewhat closely, showing a 45-percentage-point gap between parents' and teens' perceptions of parental monitoring.
The survey findings also show promising news:
  • Teens take steps to protect their privacy online: Among teens who use social networks, 81 percent report having used privacy settings on their account, 65 percent have set limits on who they share their posts with and 50 percent have unfriended someone due to an offensive post.
  • Teens don't mind monitoring: Fewer than half of teens who report close parental monitoring say they are bothered by their parents' knowledge of their online or mobile activities. A majority of teens say a parent looking over their shoulder does not present a great nuisance, and more than half of teens say they are not that bothered (32 percent) or not at all bothered (22 percent) by their parents following or monitoring what they do online or on their cell phone.
  • Teens feel safe online and parents agree: Ninety five percent of teens feel they are at least somewhat safe online and ninety four percent of parents feel their teens are at least somewhat safe online.
"The goal of this survey was to better understand and address the online generation gap between teens and their parents," said Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI. "While significant gaps exist, it's heartening to see that the majority of teens understand the consequences of their actions online and are taking the right steps to be good digital citizens. By better understanding the differences in perceptions between parents and teens, we can work together to improve communication and make the Internet a safer and more productive place for families."

The survey was released at FOSI's annual conference and was made possible with the support of Google and Microsoft Corp. For more information about the survey and the annual conference, please visit the Annual Conference 2012 page on the FOSI website. Follow the conference on Twitter: #fosi2012.

About FOSI
The Family Online Safety Institute is an international, non-profit organization that works to make the online world safer for kids and their families. FOSI convenes leaders in industry, government and non-profit sectors to collaborate and innovate new solutions and policies in the field of online safety. Through research, resources, events and special projects, FOSI promotes a culture of responsibility online and encourages a sense of digital citizenship for all. FOSI's members include: AOL, AT&T, BAE Systems Detica, BT Retail, Comcast, Disney, Entertainment Software Association, Facebook, France Telecom, Google, GSM Association, Microsoft, Mind Candy, Motion Picture Association of America, NCTA, Nominum, Optenet, Sprint, Symantec, Time Warner Cable, Telef√≥nica, The Cyber Guardian, The Wireless Foundation, Verizon and Yahoo!. For more information, visit

About Hart Research Associates
Founded in 1971, Hart Research Associates is one of the leading survey research firms in the United States and has been at the cutting edge of change in the field of public opinion for more than three decades. In that time, Hart Research Associates has conducted well over 5,000 public opinion surveys and has administered and analyzed interviews among more than three million individuals. Hart Research Associates has also undertaken more than 5,000 focus group sessions. To learn more, please visit the Hart Research Associates website.
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Amazing mind reader reveals his 'gift'

Dave is an extremely gifted clairvoyant who finds out specific financial information. This video reveals the magic behind the magic, making people aware of the fact that their entire life can be found online. And by doing so urging everybody to be vigilant. Tips for using online banking more safely can be found at

Sunday, November 4, 2012

FOSI's Stephen Balkam Discusses A Platform for Good with Comcast NewMakers is a new generation of Parental Control, Employee Monitoring and Time Tracking service. Automated and simple. Convenient for tracking the working time of employee and kids. Whenever your employee or Kid works on a PC, Mac or mobile phone - all the data about their working and productivity is in your account.

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