Author, journalist and youth advocate Anne Collier is co-founder and co-director of ConnectSafely.org; founder and executive director of the nonprofit Net Family News, Inc.; and editor of NetFamilyNews.org. At ConnectSafely, her responsibilities include educating families on real-life approaches and practices for safe, healthy online social lives; providing supporters, media and policymakers with the latest research and analysis on social Web safety and youth; updating the site with the latest youth-technology news and safety information; and responding to parents’ concerns about their kids’ well-being online.
In 2011 and ’12, Anne was a member of the curriculum working group supporting the launch of the Born This Way Foundation, at Harvard University’s Berkman Center, and the grassroots youth movement toward “a kinder, braver world” the Foundation aims to support. She continues her support in a consulting role. In 2009-’10, Anne served as co-chair of the Obama administration’s Online Safety & Technology Working Group, which in June 2010 delivered its report to Congress, “Youth Safety on a Living Internet,” a subject on which she frequently speaks. In 2008, she served on the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, formed by 49 state attorneys general and Fox Interactive/MySpace and based at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
Anne has appeared on PBS Frontline’s “Growing Up Online” (2008), been heard on public radio and nationally syndicated commercial radio in many states, and been quoted in the New York Times, Business Week, the Associated Press, and many other news outlets. She has presented on Online Safety 3.0 and digital citizenship throughout the US and in Europe and Africa and provides kid-tech news and commentary to AOL, Childnet International, Microsoft, Yahoo and other organizations. In 2012, she was a contributor to several papers of the Berkman Center’s Kinder & Braver World Project and in 2011 contributed a chapter in Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives (Routledge, 2011), edited by Profs. Justin Patchin and Sameer Hinduja. In 2006, she and her ConnectSafely co-director Larry Magid co-authored the first parents’ guide to teen social networking, MySpace Unraveled (Peachpit Press, 2006) and in 2010, A Parents’ Guide to Facebook, the latest edition of which was released in January 2012.
Prior to founding Net Family News in 1999, Anne worked on the print, radio and TV versions of the Christian Science Monitor. In 1995, she helped develop and launch the Monitor’s first Web site, CSMonitor.com. Four years later, she founded Net Family News on the premise that accurate, research-based information empowers parents at a time when tech literacy becoming an essential part of parenting.
Anne serves on the Advisory Council of the Washington- and London-based Family Online Safety Institute and on the Advisory Board of GetNetWise.org, a project of the Washington-based Internet Education Foundation. A Massachusetts native, she holds a B.A. and M.A. degrees from Principia College and the University of Chicago. She currently lives with her family in San Jose, California.