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  • 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: 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: Protect yourself from online tracking

    Third-party websites have the ability to track your online behavior and share this information without your knowledge or consent. Tracking Protection , a new feature in Internet Explorer 9 , lets you choose which third-party sites can receive your information and track you online. When you add a Tracking...
  • 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: Internet Explorer 9 protects against 99 percent of socially engineered malware

    The Internet Explorer 9 beta protects against 99 percent of “socially engineered malware,” according to independent researcher NSS Labs . What is socially engineered malware? Cybercriminals use socially engineered malware to gain access to your computer. According to NSS Labs, socially...
  • 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 partners with Girl Scouts of the USA

    If your idea of Girl Scouts is cookies and lanyards, then you need to get yourself to the 21st century. Cookies and lanyards are hardly a thing of the past, but Girl Scouts have also kept up with changing times. To help support that, Microsoft recently joined forces with Girl Scouts of the USA...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Chief Security Officer chats about safety and the social Web

    Bret Arsenault knows about security. Before he was Chief Security Officer at Microsoft, he worked extensively on the creation of the Microsoft Security Risk Assessment (MSRA) methodology, a standardized framework used to evaluate security issues and provide guidance to Microsoft customers about...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Use Windows Vista to help enforce limits on your children's computer use

    This week we highlight a special feature of Windows Vista Parental Controls —time restrictions. If you're a parent, you know there’s more to guiding your children’s computer use than shielding them from inappropriate content or contact with strangers. You also want to ensure that they aren...
  • Blog Post: How Windows Vista can help you protect your kids online

    Since when did the average preschooler know how to operate a mouse? Since now. Kids are going online earlier and earlier. It’s never too soon for you to start protecting them online. Windows Vista (available January 30, 2007) makes it easy to monitor and manage your kids' computer use. You know...
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