Anne Collier’s Bio
A writer and youth advocate, Anne Collier is founder and president of Net Family News, Inc., and founder of iCanHelpline.org, a social media helpline for schools that she’s piloting in California during the 2015-’16 school year with school-serving national nonprofit #iCANHELP. For nearly 10 years, until March 2015, she also co-directed ConnectSafely.org, which she co-founded with technology journalist and Internet safety advocate Larry Magid. She has been writing at NetFamilyNews.org since 1999, when she founded the nonprofit organization.
Anne has served on three national task forces on youth and Internet safety, including as co-chair of the Obama administration’s Online Safety & Technology Working Group, which delivered its report to Congress, “Youth Safety on a Living Internet,” in June 2010, and the Harvard Berkman Center’s national Internet Safety Technical Task Force of 2008. Most recently she served on the Aspen Institute Task Force for Learning & the Internet of 2013-’14.
In 2011 and ’12, she was a member of the curriculum working group supporting the launch of the Born This Way Foundation at Harvard University’s Berkman Center, and helped form its inaugural Youth Advisory Board. In conjunction with the Foundation’s launch, she collaborated on several papers for the Foundation and Berkman Center’s Kinder & Braver World Project.
Anne has contributed chapters to Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents (Oxford Press, 2014) and Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives (Routledge, 2011). With Larry Magid, she co-authored MySpace Unraveled: A Parent’s Guide to Teen Social Networking (Peachpit Press, 2006) and a number of social media guides for parents.
Anne has spoken widely on Internet safety myth-busting, the digital age literacies and digital citizenship, appeared on PBS Frontline’s “Growing Up Online” (2008), has been heard on public radio and nationally syndicated commercial radio in many states, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Business Week, the Associated Press, and many other publications.
She currently serves on the Safety Advisory Boards of Facebook, Ask.fm and Snapchat and the advisory board of the London- and Washington-based Family Online Safety Institute. Prior to founding Net Family News, Anne worked on print, radio, TV, and Web versions of the Christian Science Monitor, having served as its first Web site editor.
A Massachusetts native, Anne holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Principia College and the University of Chicago and lives with her family in San Jose, California.