Safer is sweeter

Each fall when kids go “back to school,” parents and caregivers prepare their kids for homework, school programs, sports, even “trick-or-treating.” It’s also important that families have the same preparedness when using technology. We should encourage all children to enjoy the goodies the Internet provides, while helping them avoid the spookier things that can happen online. 

This collection of treats can help your little monsters avoid some of the digital “tricks” that can occur, supporting the notion that being safer online is sweeter for everyone!

Defend their devices & information from online creepers:

Help your goblins learn to use social networks safely:

  • Follow the age-usage guidelines set by social networking sites.
  • Work with kids to use Settings or Options in online services to manage who can see their profile or tagged photos, how people can search for them and make comments, and how to block people.
  • Ask kids to think about who they accept as friends and to reassess periodically.  
  • Empower kids to promote a positive image online, and be respectful with the comments and images they post.

Say “boo!” to online bullying:

  • Stay curious in kids’ lives online by asking them to show you their interests, what games they play, what they post and with whom they are talking online; lead with your own example; watch for signs of online cruelty, and ask kids to report any type of online drama.
  • Encourage empathy. Suggest kids put themselves in another’s shoes. With your support, they can stand up for someone being bullied online.
  • Promote compassion in the community by advocating for school trainings and kindness campaigns.

Participate in our #SaferIsSweeter Twitter contest for the chance to win a Surface RT!  Read the official rules for details. 

  • Follow us on Twitter and tweet to us the answers to seven daily questions about online safety & security.

    • You may answer each question at any time as long as you answer all of them by the end the day on October 31, 2013.
    • Your tweets entries must include the hashtag #SaferIsSweeter, corresponding question number (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4, Q5, Q6, or Q7) so it is clear which you are answering, and be relevant to the discussion topic. 
About the Author
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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  1. Anonymous

    children to enjoy the goodies the Internet provides, while helping them avoid the spookier things that can happen online.

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