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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: 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: 3 steps to safer online gaming with Xbox

    If your kids play games using Xbox 360 or Kinect for Xbox 360, or go on Xbox Live, you might wonder what kind of access they have to other gamers online and whether you can limit that access. Read on to find out how. 1. Adjust your privacy settings Xbox offers a number of privacy and safety settings...
  • 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: 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: Manage your privacy settings in one place

    You will now find it easier to manage privacy settings in Internet Explorer, Xbox, and other selected Microsoft products. You can also review Microsoft privacy statements , view and edit your personal data dashboard , and learn about privacy features . Control your privacy settings.
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Safer_Online: Latest Twitter Updates

    The Microsoft Privacy and Online Safety team regularly tweets at twitter.com/safer_online. Here are some of our recent updates. Which Countries Have the Safest Web Access? http://bit.ly/do9fKz Should parents "friend" their kids on Facebook? http://bit.ly/9vb7qX Heard about 'HacKid?' Great...
  • Blog Post: Safer Online: Recent Twitter updates

    The Microsoft Privacy and Online Safety team regularly tweets at twitter.com/safer_online. You'll find all the latest information about Internet safety for kids, Microsoft security and privacy policies, and other recent security news. Here are some recent updates that we think readers of this ...
  • Blog Post: Help protect your kids online

    Microsoft has created a series of videos featuring real Microsoft parents. In How to use Parental Controls in Windows , a father of three busy boys shows you what happened when he left them alone with the Sesame Street website and how he helps prevent that from ever happening again. To see...
  • Blog Post: Do you know your Internet Safety 101?

    Microsoft recently joined forces with the organization Enough is Enough to publicize a new safety education program , Internet Safety 101 . Internet Safety 101 is a DVD for parents, educators, and other caregivers to use to help protect kids online. For more information about the DVD, see About the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft helps build safer online playgrounds

    Your local rotary club did a great job of cleaning up that old playground down the street. But who's taking care of the other places where kids play these days—the online places? We like the idea that there are separate spaces for adults and kids online, but how do we keep those spaces separate...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Disney join forces to help spread online safety message in Seattle

    If your family listens to Radio Disney Seattle you might have already heard new characters sharing tips on how to stay safer online. Microsoft and Disney recently launched a series of on-air and online safety programs aimed at Seattle's youth. Here's an example of some of the tips you'll hear: ...
  • Blog Post: Get updated security information about Windows Vista

    Want to stay current on new security features in Windows Vista? Bookmark the Windows Vista Security Blog . You'll get updates on the latest developments in Windows Vista security, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the development process from the people working on the product. And like with...
  • Blog Post: Go back to school with a safer family computer

    It's that time of year again—back to school. And that probably means more computer time for kids who've been outside this summer. If you're a parent and you don't have family safety settings on your computer, now is a perfect time to choose the software that's right for your family. Parental...
  • Blog Post: One in three online teens are victims of cyberbullies

    About one-third or 32 percent of all U.S. teenagers who use the Internet report that they've been the victim of cyberbullying by other teens, according to new research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project . More than half of all teens surveyed for this report said that bullying now happens...
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