The Family Online Safety Institute’s (FOSI) Global Resource and Information Directory (GRID) is designed to create a single, factual and up-to-date source for governments, industry, lawyers, academics, educators and all those dedicated to making the Internet a safer, better place. As a portal, it aggregates information from a comprehensive range of trusted sources and combined with expert oversight, provides a unique and exciting new collaborative platform.
In addition to this portal website, there is also a GRID blog website which is regularly updated by the team. The blog site highlights aspects of the team's latest research and best practice around the world, as well as featuring expert commentary from professionals across the globe.
GRID in a global context
Dave Miles, FOSI's Director Europe, Middle East & Africa, showcases the benefits and features of GRID at FOSI's 3rd Annual European Conference, held on May 10, 2011.
What people say about GRID
"FOSI’s GRID is a remarkable and ground breaking achievement! Nothing can prepare you for the depth, quality and scale of the family online safety content that GRID delivers. It will provide a vital and important new collaborative tool for industry, government and online safety professionals throughout the world."
Professor Tanya Byron
Leading child psychologist and author of the Children in a Digital World Report, an influential review commissioned by the UK Government
"GRID was one of the first online directory resources we [at the Youth Section, UNICEF] looked into when researching global online safety risks. Its wealth of country profiles, background information and expert research made it a natural starting point for our Digital Citizenship and Safety project."
Priscillia Kounkou Hoveyda
Digital Citizenship and Safety Project Coordinator, Youth Section, UNICEF.
"GRID is Online Safety 101 - an entire survey course nearly at-a-glance and on a global scale. It gets you up to speed on developments in youth Net and mobile safety much more quickly - but also in-depth, in an unprecedented way - than I ever dreamed possible. What a service!"
President of Net Family News, Inc., and co-director of ConnectSafely.org, served as co-chair of the Online Safety & Technology Working Group, which sent its 150-page report to the US Congress on June 4, 2010.
"FOSI's GRID is an extremely valuable resource to anyone working in the field of Internet safety. It provides an historical overview of what's been done in the past and up-to-date reports on what is being done now. Armed with that information, educators, policy makers and Internet safety activists have an important tool to help guide their work."
Co-director, ConnectSafely.org, founder of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com, board member, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, journalist & commentator: CBS News, San Jose Mercury News, BBC
"FOSI's GRID is a really helpful tool in locating trusted information and contacts across the globe. It provides an easy-to-use system which supports users in accessing appropriate data and information about progress made internationally in this area. Well done - a major contribution to helping to keep the Internet safer."
Deputy Chief Constable, Cumbria Police