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  • Blog Post: Do you know your kids’ passwords?

    This is the second of two blog posts on password protection. Read Part 1: Create strong passwords and protect them . Whether or not you should know all of your kids’ passwords depends on their age, how responsible they are, and your parenting values. However, kids of any age and responsibility...
  • Blog Post: 9 ways to stay safe online this summer

    Summer is in full swing. Here are our best safety and security tips for the season. Don’t broadcast vacation plans on your social networking sites. If you’re leaving your home unoccupied and at risk for potential burglary, you might want to wait to post your vacation photographs...
  • 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: Is your child graduating to a new digital device?

    Its graduation time, and smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and laptops are tops on many kids’ wish lists. Whether your child is graduating from preschool or college, it’s never too late to talk with them about online safety before you hand over the new device. Set clear rules for...
  • Blog Post: Security improvements in Windows 8

    Support ended for Windows XP last week. That means technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available. To stay protected, you can upgrade your current computer or buy a new one. Windows 8.1 Update runs on a wider variety of devices, so you'll have more to choose from, including budget-friendly...
  • Blog Post: Thanks to you the Microsoft #Do1Thing initiative donates $50,000 to TechSoup Global

    On Safer Internet Day , February 11, 2014, Microsoft launched the interactive Safer Online website . Every time you made your #Do1Thing promise or shared the website with your social circles, Microsoft made a donation to TechSoup Global . In less than 24 hours, so many of you promised to #Do1Thing...
  • Blog Post: The secrets of teens and social media: “It’s complicated”

    The news is full of stories about what teenagers are doing online, but does anyone over the age of 18 really understand what’s going on? Microsoft researcher danah boyd does. In her new book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens , boyd leverages more than ten years...
  • Blog Post: Q & A: Keeping kids safer online

    I recently sat down with Sonia Livingstone , a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics to discuss children and kids and the Internet. Q. You’ve spent the last two months at Microsoft’s Cambridge research facility. How did that opportunity...
  • 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: Online safety tips for travelers

    If you’re travelling this holiday season and you plan to be online, here are a few ways to protect yourself and your family: Before you go, make sure all your software (and especially your antivirus software) is up to date. Learn how to get security updates automatically . Be careful with...
  • Blog Post: Shop for gifts online more safely

    If you want to stay home and avoid the crowds this holiday season, you can do all your shopping online. But before you log on, make sure you know how to identify websites that won’t compromise your privacy. Before you enter your credit card number, check for signs that a site is safe: ...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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...
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