In my last, pre-FOSI, post about this social media meltdown I told you I'd report back about what people would say about it at the conference. But there was actually very little said – only, rightfully, sadness for all the tech workers who've been laid off (my post has numbers). In his closing remarks, FOSI CEO Stephen Balkam even asked the audience to let him know of any job openings they're … [Read more...] about Global network of Net safety regulators: Let’s think on this
Dot-com bust, 2022-style
It’s the end of an era as I head to Washington and this year's “FOSI" – shorthand for the Family Online Safety Institute’s annual gathering … [Read more...] about Dot-com bust, 2022-style
Young artists & activists wrapping 2020 in light
So many of us lost heart, our voices, our strength at different points in the past year, and possibly none more than young people. “Since the start of the pandemic, mental health-related emergency department visits increased by 31% for 12-17-year-olds,” Mental Health America cites data from the Centers for Disease Control as showing. And according to YPulse, 64% of Gen Z-ers themselves say their … [Read more...] about Young artists & activists wrapping 2020 in light
Post-FOSI: Online safety now, predictions for 2020
"Trust and civility" were, so very appropriately, the focus of the Family Online Safety Institute's just-ended annual conference this challenging year. "We have witnessed countless examples…of ways that trust in institutions, in organizations and even in each other has been eroded," FOSI CEO Stephen Balkam noted in his opening remarks. "And we have watched how basic civility has been challenged … [Read more...] about Post-FOSI: Online safety now, predictions for 2020
Do surveys about parents’ concerns increase digital-parenting confidence?
Predictably, the media coverage of a new survey of parents on digital-age parenting focused mainly on their concerns about tech and the Net. We need to question that – question the value of repeatedly reporting about concerns if, as a society, we want parents to feel confident in helping their children navigate today's media. Here are some questions we might ask, for example: 1. UK psychologist … [Read more...] about Do surveys about parents’ concerns increase digital-parenting confidence?