Stephen Balkam is the founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), a nonprofit that works to make the online world safer for children and families. FOSI works across industry, government, non-profit groups to create new solutions and policies around online safety and create a ‘culture of responsibility’ online.
Parents also need to put down their phones, put away their laptops, and engage with their children, says Balkam. Make eye contact. Cuddle with them. Don’t miss those moments because you’re scrolling mindlessly through Facebook or obsessively checking your email. “Kids will do what we do, not what we tell them to do,” he says.