Resources and research
Learn top tips for internet safety and work to prevent and combat online bullying and harassment.
Resources for home
Resources for school
Defending your computer
Access to the seemingly limitless information and opportunities on the web often comes with some risk to your computer. How can you better secure and defend your computer and keep your personal information safe from cybercriminals? Use the resources on the right to learn how to strengthen your computer’s defenses and train yourself to act cautiously as you make your way across the web. Get the essentials on how to help keep your computer free of viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, plus how to avoid being tricked into downloading them in the first place.
Guarding your information
Use the links on the right to find out how to help protect yourself from scams that could be used to threaten your privacy or steal your identity and personal information when you bank or shop online. Phishing scams, malicious software, and database breaches are all techniques that online thieves can use to gather information about you and use it to impersonate or defraud you.
Resources for parents of children and teens
Whether you’re concerned about little ones, tweens, or teens, you’ll find easy-to-follow guidance that addresses their pressing online safety issues, including online bullying and the use of games and mobile phones. Use the links below to access quick internet safety tips, and ideas for improving communication and protecting your family online.
Help young people stand up to online bullying (for parents)
Protecting young children online (for parents)
Take charge of your digital life (for tweens & teens)
Preventing online bullying: What companies and others can do (white paper for policymakers)
Social networking online
Join the online social whirl knowing how to take charge of your online reputation, more safely use your mobile phone and social networks, and help protect your privacy when using location services. Whether you’re connecting with others on Windows live messaging, Facebook, LinkedIn, or other social network, the resources on the right can help you navigate the online world and know the risks and responsibilities that go along with it.
Online safety presentations
The presentations below include instructions, content, and speaker notes, and are designed to help you teach online safety to adults, except for "Take charge of your digital life," which was created especially for tweens and teens.
Top tips for online safety
Teach six essential steps of internet safety to help people protect their devices, information, and family when they go online.Download now
Help young people stand up to online bullying
This presentation explores how you and other adults can help young people (from children to teens) stand up to online bullying, whether they experience it as a bystander, a target, or by bullying someone.Download now
Protecting young children online
Teach parents, educators, and other adults the habits and practices that will help young kids (roughly age 11 and younger) explore cyberspace safely.Download now
Take charge of your digital life
Designed for tweens and teens, this presentation takes a conversational approach. It supplies five online safety pointers that rely on common sense and computer safety practices, basic enough that you don’t need to be technically savvy to present them.Download now
Featured: Digital Civility Index Research
Check out comments from leading advocacy organizations and groups in favor of spreading the word about digital civilityDownload now
Microsoft computing safety index
The Microsoft computing safety index is a scoring system and survey that helps safeguard your digital lifestyle.Download now
Mobile phone manners and safety habits
Facebook poll shows top mobile phone pet peeves for men and women as well as habits that could open the door to digital damage.Download now
To understand the issue of bullying from a global perspective, Microsoft commissioned a survey to examine a range of online behaviors among youth.Download now
Online reputation management
Research, from North America and Europe, reveals attitudes toward online reputation and outlines steps to take to help manage your online reputation.Download now
How old is too young for kids to go online?
See what this Microsoft survey of over 1,000 parents and non-parents about kids’ access to devices and online services revealed.Download now
Online scams and fraud
In a survey for National Cyber Security Awareness month (NCSAM), respondents reveal the scams they have commonly encountered and the ones they fear the most.Download now
Online safety and social media use across generations
An AARP/Microsoft survey group of American teens, young adults, parents, and older adults highlights family connections online through email and social media.Read more