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Online safety for kids with new digital devices

December 24th, 2013 No comments

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 family, and post them somewhere at home. Microsoft offers a sample agreement, the Get Game Smart PACT (PDF, 2.16 MB), to help you sort out family rules.

  • Protect their privacy. Teach kids how to keep their accounts private and lock their devices with a PIN or password. Consider disabling the location services on your young child’s devices.

  • Monitor use. Know who your kids are communicating with, what games they’re playing, and what websites or services they’re using. Follow the recommended age limits on games and social networking websites. Set limits that work for your family.

  • Teach your kids to stand up to online bullying. Encourage your kids not to post or text anything that would hurt or embarrass someone. Make sure they know never to make, send, or accept provocative texts, photos, or videos.

For more information, see our new Digital Gift-Giving Checklist.

Download a printable version of the checklist.

How a Unicorn Ninja helps keep Xbox LIVE safe

August 16th, 2011 No comments

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 themselves.

To learn more about the Unicorn Ninja, the Xbox LIVE Policy and Enforcement team, and to read safety tips, see Xbox LIVE Enforcement “Unicorn Ninja” Keeps Service Safe and Fun for Everyone.

Xbox LIVE phishing alert

April 29th, 2011 No comments

This week, Xbox LIVE issued a Service Alert warning that you might receive phishing messages if you play the Xbox game Modern Warfare 2. If you receive a matchmaking message that seems suspicious, ignore it.

Microsoft is aware of the problem and is working to resolve the issue. For the most current information, see Xbox LIVE Status.

To help protect yourself from phishing and fraud, see Email and web scams: How to help protect yourself.