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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
Help teens prepare for digital drama with new ebook
Kim Sanchez, Director of Trustworthy Computing
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...
19 Sep 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
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
Spring break online safety tips
If you’re traveling with your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or other device this spring break, the following tips can help you stay safer online with a mobile device. Make sure your laptop or tablet has up-to-date antivirus and antispyware software installed. Windows 8 includes antivirus protection...
15 Apr 2013
Mobile manners and mayhem: What are your smartphone pet peeves?
We know the many ways that mobile phones can help enhance our work life, family life, and social life. But all of us probably have at least one story about the questionable, annoying, or sometimes bizarre mobile phone behaviors that we’ve observed. What do you consider to be the most maddening...
10 Apr 2013
Only 1 month left to enter the Safer Online Teen Challenge
Are you the parent or teacher of a tech-savvy teen who plays it safe online and loves to act, write, draw, sing, or crunch numbers? Or maybe you're a talented teen who would jump at a chance to serve the greater good and win a cool prize? Learn more about the Safer Online Teen Challenge You have...
12 Mar 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
Do you feel safe from online deception?
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), and Microsoft supports the national campaign for cyber security education and awareness put forth by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). Our support includes releasing the results of the NCSAM 2012 online scam defense survey . The...
15 Oct 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
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
Online gaming helps senior citizens get fit and have fun
Seniors in Los Angeles are getting into the social gaming craze. The new “Exergamers Wellness Club” combines exercise, health education, and overall health tracking. Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 serves as the exercise platform and HealthVault helps the seniors store and track their health...
5 Apr 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
Share the responsibility: Microsoft on National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Microsoft supports the efforts of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) with free resources and research about how each of us—individuals, families, schools, organizations, industry, and government—can do our part to help create a safer digital world. Some of the resources: ...
27 Oct 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
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