Bing seeks to make the internet safer for kids

Chris Sams, August 29, 2013

Bing for SchoolsIt has been said it takes a villiage to raise a child. But that village is expanding with the help of the digital world. Gone are the days of sitting down with your children and teaching from a encyclopedia or old text book.  Now your children can be educated by the world, thanks in part to the internet and its vast resources of knowledge.   But, for many parents the internet is frought with concerns of safety and exposure to things beyond their children’s level of maturity.   It is this very reason why companies like Bing are reaching out to help encourgate the youth of tomorrow to utilize the digital landscape, while acknowledging the communities concerns.

Recently search engine Bing launched a program to promote digital literacy in students from kindergarten to the 12th grade called Bing For Schools.  Orginally announce in June, this program invites school adminstrators to register for fress service  that provide the school with ad-free searches, and SafeSearch filters to remove adule content on all searches on the school’s  network. The program also allows for short lesson plans to be attached to the Bing homepage with an archive list of previous lessons saved on Microsoft Partners in Learning site.

Since the programs announcement  several school districls from across the nation have enrolled in the program. As such Bing reports that 800, 000 students will have access to this program by the begining of the school year.

It is the hope of Bing that this program will promote a healthy and productive understanding of the web and how it can help us understand the world we live in.

For more on this story and the Bing For Schools program read Amy Gesenhues article on



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