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  • Blog Post: Do you know what your children are doing online?

    This week in the UK, Microsoft launches the Safer Families program for parents to help their kids stay safer online. According to recent Microsoft research*: 98 percent of UK parents with children at home agree that protecting their children online is necessary, yet almost 50 percent have not...
  • Blog Post: 10 New Year’s resolutions for your digital devices and your online life

    It’s a new year, which means it’s time to resolve to create healthier habits in our daily lives. But we don’t have to stop at just improving our body, mind, and spirit. It’s also a good idea to resolve to keep our PCs, laptops, smartphones, and social networking sites healthy...
  • Blog Post: Online safety for kids with new digital devices

    We know that lots of kids will be getting new phones, tablets, laptops, gaming systems, and other digital devices this holiday season. If you’re a parent, guardian, or educator, here are some tips for helping kids stay safe. Agree on the rules. Come up with guidelines that work for your...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Help teens prepare for digital drama with new ebook

    October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month —a great time to check in with your family about their online safety habits. Are everyone’s devices and apps up to date with the latest security? When was the last time you reviewed your children’s online profile, or helped them update...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Safer spring break

    A recent article in The New York Times claimed that the ubiquity of social networking encourages college and high school spring breakers to limit their public displays of risky behaviors now that they know that everyone (including parents) could potentially watch them online. We’ve written about...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft to focus on kids and gaming for Safer Internet Day

    Microsoft will celebrate Safer Internet Day (SID) on February 8, 2011 to raise awareness of online safety and promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile devices. Organized by Insafe , SID is celebrated in more than 60 countries around the world. Research to be released...
  • Blog Post: New research shows parents and educators concerned about cyberbullying, but still not a top priority for schools

    Microsoft recently conducted a survey among parents and educators on the issue of cyberbullying and cyberbullying policies in schools. While most parents are concerned about cyberbullying, our research suggests that parents and schools could take more action on the issue. 3 in 4 parents are...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft co-sponsors online safety conference in Washington D.C.

    Microsoft co-sponsors online safety conference in D.C. The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) will host its annual conference in Washington, D.C., on November 9 and 10. "Internet Freedom, Safety and Citizenship. A Global Call to Action" is the title and focus of this year's conference. Peter...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft vs. the cyberbully

    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...
  • Blog Post: Free ebook for online teens

    Microsoft just released a free ebook to help teens keep themselves and their stuff safer online. In partnership with security expert and author, Linda McCarthy , this free downloadable version of her new book, "Own Your Space - Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online" is written for computer and...
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