#MSFTCOSO POV: From classroom to computer, students must be at the center of their learning environment

Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereChief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft The digital world offers students an abundance of resources and unlimited learning potential. Our largely one-size-fits-all approach to education and technology in the U.S., however, doesn’t seem to be working for today’s digital youth. Moreover, resources are not applied equitably across schools and classrooms. To help address…

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Microsoft asks people to “Do 1 Thing” to stay safer online for Safer Internet Day

Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereChief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft To mark Safer Internet Day (SID) 2014, Microsoft asks people to “Do 1 Thing” to stay safer online and to make that one thing part of their daily digital routines. As part of this campaign, on Monday we’re launching a new interactive website Safer Online, where individuals…

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Online ‘safety’ as a state of being

Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereChief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft We’re all very aware of people’s desires to be “safe” and “secure,” and to exist and engage in environments – both online and off – that are built on trust. To define these points as absolute states of being, however, is impractical and unrealistic. Rather, when it…

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US Attorneys General vow to protect kids

Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereChief Online Safety Officer, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft At the kickoff event for his year-long presidential initiative, “America’s Promise – Keeping Our Kids Safe,” the new leader of the U.S. National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) promised to help protect American youth in all aspects of their lives, including life online. “We need…

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New Microsoft Computing Safety Index report: US consumers need to focus on basic online safety

Posted by Jacqueline Beauchere Chief Online Safety Officer, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft From antimalware solutions and automatic updates, to firewalls and strong passwords, Microsoft and the technology industry routinely stress that consumers should exercise basic “digital hygiene.” To some, these pieces of advice come as second nature. Most U.S. consumers, however, appear to ignore key technology…

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‘Best policy’ to thwart online bullying? EC paper says raise awareness

Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereChief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft Parents, educators, policymakers and young people worry that online bullying may increase in their communities. In speaking with these groups, however, concerns seem to stem mostly from fear that something might happen. This is due largely to a lack of awareness about many of the truths surrounding…

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The battle of the sexes; what new data reveal

Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereChief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft The one thing on which men and women always seem to agree is that they can rarely agree on anything. Asking directions may be the perfect example. Yet in today’s data-driven world, there is perhaps one social attitude that men and women have in common: Mobile phone…


Get Safer Online – at Home and on the Go – on Safer Internet Day

Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereDirector, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft Typically, when leave our homes, we lock our doors. We take this simple and, perhaps, habitual step to help protect our families and our belongings. Yet, when we go online, we don’t always take the same precautions with our personal information. Today, on Safer Internet Day (SID), we…


Windows 8 Family Safety Settings Help Keep Kids Safer Online

Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereDirector, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft It’s no surprise that kids today are growing up online.  They use mobile devices to do their homework, play games, connect with friends, and access the wealth of information available on the Web.  Technology gives children access to a host of positive, educational and growth experiences; yet, parents…


U.S. and EU Commit to a Safer Web for Kids

Posted by Jacqueline BeauchereDirector, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft The United States and the European Union recently signed a Joint Declaration committing to make the Internet a safer place for children. Signed in London last month, the accord pledges the two governments will “work collectively and in partnership to reduce the risks and maximize the (Internet’s)…