These days local and national news is littered with stories of bullying, mostly of the online variety. Microsoft takes personal and family safety seriously. This November, we will be co-sponsoring the seventh annual conference of the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) in Seattle from November 15 to November 17.

The event will bring together researchers, advocates, teachers, parents, kids, and law enforcement. It will focus on promoting positive online behavior-addressing the risks of using the web, sharing new research, and discussing preventive actions.  There will be a special panel on cyberbullying on November 15.

Jacqueline Beauchere, Director of Privacy and Online Safety in Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Communications Group, will give the keynote speech on November 16. She will explain Microsoft's three-pronged approach to Internet safety, share results from a recent cyberbullying survey, and highlight Microsoft's new partnership with iKeepSafe to help schools navigate the digital environment.