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 and consulting 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. In 2005, its president Anne Collier, co-founded ConnectSafely.org with journalist and pioneering Internet safety advocate Lawrence Magid, co-directing it with him for nearly 10 years.
In March 2015, Net Family News partnered with fellow California nonprofit organization #icanhelp to develop the California pilot of iCanHelpline.org, a social media helpline for U.S. schools. Working with risk prevention specialists, educators and social media companies, the helpline is designed to help schools resolve problems involving school community members which turn up in social media. The 2015-’16 pilot, which launched on Aug. 17, 2015, is the first step in the development of a national social media helpline for schools.
During NFN’s first 15 years, the organization participated in three national task forces (one of which, the Online Safety & Technology Working Group, its president Anne Collier co-chaired with Hemanshu Nigam, then Chief Security Officer of News Corp.). NFN also 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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