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 kids will depend on the child, their maturity level, and your family’s values.  

But what is your parenting style when it comes to introducing your children to new devices and online technology?

Take a brief survey and get tailored tips to help you have conversations with young Internet users about staying safer on the ever-changing digital playground.

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Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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3 comments
  1. Anonymous

    CAN I GET A WITNESS, SOME DATA, OR REFERNCE TO DATA THAT IS AVALIBLE TO PARENTS WHO DO NOT GIVE CONSENT OR ALLOW CHILDERN ONLINE, KEEP GETTING WARNINGS ON CHILDERN 13 AND UNDER NEED TO CONTACT WEBSITE AND REPORT ABUSE? HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Anonymous

    As IT pro's we suggest pre-teens only be allowed online if the parents are using parental control software. There are free versions of internet filtering software available to parents at Cnet.com.  We strongly recommend paying for antivirus protection and getting parental control software for home computers and smart phones.  While nothing is perfect it will go a long way to ensuring your childrens online activity is properly supervised. Parents should not condone free music downloading as it is illegal and will lead to computer problems.

  3. Anonymous

    what if my grandson steals my credit card out of my purse

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