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Parental controls in Xbox One
Xbox One is the newest all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. If you’ve already purchased one, or if you plan to, it’s a good idea to learn more about the built-in privacy and safety parental controls. Control the content your children play and watch Customize your...
3 Dec 2013
Kids and Internet safety: What’s the right age?
If it seems like the kids who are fiddling with Internet-connected devices look younger and younger lately, it’s because they are. A few months ago, we asked you, When should kids go online? You answered our survey questions, and the results are in . Among the many findings, the survey showed...
24 Oct 2013
When should kids be allowed online?
As a parent or caregiver, you probably needed only one trip to the playground to realize that children can have radically different styles of play. Just as there’s no “one size fits all” approach to helping children navigate the jungle gym, the way you talk about online safety with...
9 Aug 2013
Young kids online? Get a free e-book
It's never too early for parents, caregivers, and educators to teach kids how to be respectful online citizens. Digiduck's Big Decision is a downloadable digital book about friendship and responsibility that was created especially for kids ages four to eight. Download Digiduck’s Big Decision...
30 Jul 2013
7 ways to avoid TMI
Technology can make everything in our lives easier—including sharing too much information (TMI). Just because you can take a picture of your new credit card and post it on Instagram doesn’t mean that you should. In fact, you shouldn’t. Sharing too much information can lead to identity...
23 Jul 2013
Catfishing: Are you falling for it?
The news is filled with stories about people, famous and otherwise, getting caught in online dating scams. The phenomenon is so common that it now has a name: Catfishing. The term catfishing comes from the 2010 movie Catfish about a man who was lured into a relationship by a scammer who was using a fake...
20 Jun 2013
Think twice before you text that photo
Most of us already know this, but it’s worth repeating: When you email or text photos to another person, that person can save the pictures on his or her phone or hard drive forever. New apps like Snapchat claim that there are ways to send photos so that they will automatically “disappear...
18 Jun 2013
Privacy is our priority
Microsoft has long believed that you should get to decide what information you share online and what you keep private. That’s why we've made privacy settings for our products a priority. Learn how Microsoft can help you protect your online privacy . Privacy in Internet Explorer 10 Internet...
2 May 2013
Join our Twitter Party and enter to win Windows 8
If you’re a parent or educator concerned about online safety for you and your family, join us for the Connect with Respect Twitter Party . Meet online to share ideas about creating a safer digital world, and you can enter to win a copy of Windows 8 and other prizes. Step 1: RSVP on our Facebook...
30 Jan 2013
Win cool prizes for your online safety creation
Calling all teens! Here's your chance to create something fun that can help others. Start by reading the eligibility requirements and prize information in the official rules . Then have a look at the online safety materials from Microsoft for ideas to do one of the following: Stage a skit or...
13 Dec 2012
Windows 8 helps keep your family safer
The newest operating system from Microsoft has several security features designed to help protect you and your family online. You can monitor your children’s Internet use, block or allow access to certain websites, and choose which games or apps your kids can access. Learn more about how to...
6 Nov 2012
Kids and technology: Is there any good news?
What if we stopped listening to the fear-based news about cyberbullying, over-sharing, and loss of privacy? What if we focused on research that doesn’t make for a scary headline on the evening news? Would it surprise you to learn that a recent study by the Family Online Safety Institute ...
25 Sep 2012
Do you know what your kids are doing online?
Last month McAfee released results from their 2012 Teen Internet Behavior study . The study revealed that 61 percent of teens think that they can successfully hide their online behavior from their parents. Here are a few examples of what they do: Erase browser history Minimize browser window...
31 Jul 2012
Don’t click text message spam
Several readers have contacted us lately about suspicious text messages that they’ve received on their smart phones. Some of these messages appear to be from Microsoft , Starbucks, Best Buy, or other well-known companies and are designed to trick you into clicking links with lures of free gifts...
31 May 2012
Why location services matter
Mobile services (often called “geolocation” services) now have the ability to track and share our location with friends. Location positioning services can help you find local movie times, weather, or directions to the nearest coffee shop. They can also help you find out where your friends...
15 May 2012
Don’t be fooled by fake Halo 4 beta sites
Microsoft’s Halo 4 Xbox video game won’t be released until December 2012, but some scammers are already launching fake Halo 4 beta websites designed to trick you into giving away your personal information or installing malicious software. Don’t be fooled. Get tips on how to report...
31 Jan 2012
What’s your online reputation?
Most of us put a boundary between our personal and professional lives. Online that’s not easy to do. In the Official Microsoft blog, Brendon Lynch, Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer , writes, “Every piece of personal information that exists online about you -- whether posted by you or by...
24 Jan 2012
Making the Internet safer for children
This month Microsoft announced participation as a founding member in the CEO Coalition on Child Online Safety. Read more about online safety efforts for children from Microsoft’s representative on the CEO Coalition, Peter Cullen . Here is some of our guidance on how to protect your family...
15 Dec 2011
Do you use parental controls?
If you’re a parent, guardian, or a caregiver for kids, parental controls can help you control the content that your kids see on the Internet or on their Xbox. You can use parental controls to help support your own house rules and you can even customize them to fit a child’s age or maturity...
27 Sep 2011
Microsoft launches digital citizenship resources
Digital citizenship is usually defined as a set of standards of behavior for technology use. Adults, teens, and even younger children can learn how to be good digital citizens. On September 8, 2011 Microsoft released a white paper about digital citizenship and results from a teen reputation survey...
8 Sep 2011
Should I use user accounts?
Create multiple user accounts to increase your online security and your family’s privacy. We recommend that you create a standard user account and log on with that account, rather than an administrator account , even if you’re the only one who uses your computer. An administrator account...
6 Sep 2011
How a Unicorn Ninja helps keep Xbox LIVE safe
Are you curious about what happens when someone complains about offensive behavior on Xbox LIVE ? The Xbox LIVE Policy and Enforcement team, including Boris Erickson, Xbox LIVE Enforcement Unicorn Ninja (that’s his real job title) help make sure the 35 million gamers on the Xbox LIVE network behave...
16 Aug 2011
Follow the latest privacy and online safety news
The official Twitter account for the Microsoft Privacy team has relaunched at twitter.com/MSFTPrivacy. @MSFTPrivacy was launched for us to engage in real-time with our privacy community. We will use this channel to talk about privacy issues, while raising awareness of Microsoft’s approach to...
26 Jul 2011
Facebook uses Microsoft tool to help prevent child exploitation
Pornographic images of children circulate on the Internet at an alarming rate. Since 2002, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) have reviewed and analyzed nearly 49 million photos and videos of child pornography--more than 13 million in 2010 alone--according to Ernie Allen...
28 Jun 2011
Free online resource for web safety educators
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is now making its well-known Global Resource and Information Directory (GRID) available for free. GRID monitors, tracks, and evaluates Internet safety content. The tool is managed by editors and expert researchers worldwide. Kim Sanchez, Chair of...
16 Feb 2011
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