Facebook Backs Safety Initiative: A Platform For Good

By David Cohen Comment

The Family Online Safety Institute, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to online safety that counts Facebook among its members, announced an initiative aimed at allowing parents, teachers, teens, and kids to team up and focus on online safety.

A Platform for Good, which will launch in September, will provide the following resources for each group mentioned above.

  • Kids and teens will gain access to incentive-based interactive activities that teach them about online safety;
  • Parents will receive conversation-starters and tips via text and social networks to encourage their families to discuss current events; and
  • Teachers will have access to instructional videos and web-based activities.

FOSI Chief Executive Officer Stephen Balkam said:

All too often, online safety discussions focus on the dangers of technology. It’s time to transform the discussion and create resources to inform, inspire, and empower kids to make the right choices online. That is why FOSI is so proud to announce A Platform for Good, which is unique in its positive and holistic approach to digital citizenship education.

And Kim Sanchez, chair of FOSI’s board and a director of privacy and online safety at Microsoft, added:

A Platform for Good is an incredible opportunity to provide people with a positive message about online safety education. I am pleased that so many industry leaders are stepping up to make this initiative possible; it demonstrates the power that collaboration and innovation can bring to help families enjoy safer online experiences.

Other FOSI members besides Facebook are: AOL, AT&T, BAE Systems Detica, BT Retail, Comcast, Disney, the Entertainment Software Association, France Telecom, Google, GSM Association, Microsoft, the Motion Picture Association of America, NCTA, Nominum, Optenet, RuleSpace, Sprint, Symantec, Time Warner Cable, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telmex, USTelecom, The Wireless Foundation, Verizon, and Yahoo.