Net Family News, Inc., is a San Jose, Calif.-based 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by journalist and youth advocate Anne Collier in 1999 to document developments in Internet safety and youth-related technology and media. In addition to its publishing work, for nearly a decade, the organization has advised social media companies on digital safety and literacy. Among other companies, it has worked with Google, Trend Micro, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and, in earlier years, MySpace.
Net Family News’s first major non-editorial project was ConnectSafely.org, which Collier co-founded and co-directed with journalist and pioneering Internet safety advocate Lawrence Magid from 2005 until March 2015. Net Family News is now partnering with fellow California nonprofit organization #icanhelp to pilot a research-based social media helpline for US schools, working with risk prevention specialists, educators and social media companies to resolve problems encountered by school community members in social media.
In its first 15 years, Net Family News participated in three national task forces in the United States (one of which, the Online Safety & Technology Working Group, was co-chaired by Anne Collier); co-developed workshops on digital citizenship at Internet Governance Forums in Europe and Africa; and participated in a number of other international discussions on children’s rights in a digital age. A bit of ancient history: In 1998-’99 NFN was a sponsor of America Links Up, a nationwide Internet education campaign launched during the first National Kids Online Week in September of that year (the site is now housed at the Computer Museum).
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