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Do you know your kids’ passwords?

August 27th, 2014 No comments

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 level need to know how to create strong passwords and how to protect those passwords.

Sharing is great, but not with passwords

Your kids should never give their friends their passwords or let them log on to their accounts. Also, be careful sharing your passwords with your kids.

3 strategies for strong passwords

  • Length. Make your passwords at least eight (8) characters long.

  • Complexity. Include a combination of at least three (3) uppercase and/or lowercase letters, punctuation, symbols, and numerals. The more variety of characters in your password, the better.

  • Variety. Don’t use the same password for everything. Cybercriminals can steal passwords from websites that have poor security and then use those same passwords to target more secure environments, such as banking websites.

For more information, see Help kids create and protect their passwords.

Do you know your kids’ passwords?

August 27th, 2014 No comments

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 level need to know how to create strong passwords and how to protect those passwords.

Sharing is great, but not with passwords

Your kids should never give their friends their passwords or let them log on to their accounts. Also, be careful sharing your passwords with your kids.

3 strategies for strong passwords

  • Length. Make your passwords at least eight (8) characters long.
  • Complexity. Include a combination of at least three (3) uppercase and/or lowercase letters, punctuation, symbols, and numerals. The more variety of characters in your password, the better.
  • Variety. Don’t use the same password for everything. Cybercriminals can steal passwords from websites that have poor security and then use those same passwords to target more secure environments, such as banking websites.

For more information, see Help kids create and protect their passwords.

Kids and technology: Is there any good news?

September 25th, 2012 No comments

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 (FOSI) and the Pew Internet Project showed 69 percent of teens reporting that their peers are mostly kind on social networking sites?

A Platform for Good is a new FOSI project aimed at changing the conversation about kids and technology. The site is designed for parents, teens, and teachers to share information and to do good online. A Platform for Good features a blog written by experts in the field, a resource center with videos and curriculum for teachers, and many other interactive features.

For more information, see Announcing “A Platform for Good” – A Place to Connect, Share and Do Good or go directly to A Platform for Good.

Do you know what your kids are doing online?

July 31st, 2012 No comments

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 when parents come into the room
  • Use their cell phone for Internet activity, instead of the family computer

We think that the best way to protect your child on the Internet is for both parents and kids to understand the risks and for families to communicate with each other about their experiences online. That means making sure everyone knows the basics of online safety. Some parents have also found that once you establish your own rules, it helps to create an Internet contract.

For more information:

Making the Internet safer for children

December 15th, 2011 No comments

Improve security for your Windows 7 computer

February 23rd, 2011 Comments off

We were browsing through the Windows
online help pages
this week and came across an excellent source of
information for Windows 7 security. Want to know more about how to prevent
viruses and spyware? Want to make sure your web browser can help protect you
against phishing scams and other fraud?

For more information, see Understanding
security and safer computing
.

 

 

Free downloads for Safer Internet Day

February 8th, 2011 Comments off

This year Microsoft supports Safer Internet Day by offering
free events, research, and downloads to help parents, educators, and caregivers
better understand kids and the video games that they play. To see Microsoft’s
latest online gaming research, visit Safer Internet Day 2011.

Free downloads: Learn
more about online gaming


  • “Play It Safe When Gaming Online” consumer
    brochure – XPS | PDF

  • “Microsoft Tools Help Keep Families Safer
    Online” consumer brochure – XPS | PDF

  • Get Game Smart Family PACT (a printable
    agreement to make it easier for parents and kids agree on media choices) – PDF
  • Xbox 360/Kinect Safer Family Gaming Guide – XPS | PDF 

For more information: Safer Internet Day: It’s More than a Game, it’s Your Life.