Microsoft to support Safer Internet Day on February 8

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Microsoft is planning to celebrate Safer Internet Day (SID) on February 8, 2011 to raise awareness of online safety for kids.

The software giant will focus on kids and gaming for Safer Internet Day by releasing new research. The research is aimed at understanding awareness and perceptions about online gaming from parents of gamers and gamers themselves. Microsoft says the research findings will be available for download on February 8. Microsoft will also help raise awareness of online safety and promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile devices. Organized by Insafe, SID is celebrated in more than 60 countries around the world.

Microsoft is also partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Microsoft will host events in Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Microsoft will be on hand with its Kinect for Xbox 360 is expected to promote the importance of establishing healthy and responsible interactive play. The software maker has also issued the following suggestions to help raise awareness in your local community:

* Enter the Think before you post’ film competition as a group, class or as a solo entrant.
* View the latest cyberbullying episode from Hector’s World– for 5-7 year olds
* Download the new CEOP animated resources for 5-7’s with activities for pre school, called ‘Lee and Kim’s Adventure – Animal Magic’.
* Hold a Safer Internet Day assembly – we have short films with lessons plans for primary and secondary schools.
* Advertise Safer Internet Day on your websites, newsletters and publications – download the online banners and SID badge for your website
* Host a parents awareness-raising session using the Purely for Parent’s presentation.
* Use CEOP printed resources or create your own to leaflet drop on your local high street.
* Work with the local or regional media – place an advert, get a journalist to come to your event, take some pics and send them with a press notice to your local paper
* Set up a stand in a local public space to distribute resources and show the Thinkuknow films.
* Encourage young people to deliver resources to other young people, with the support of an adult.
* Encourage local shops (particularly those selling new technologies) to highlight the risks online, by having leaflets by the tills or posters in the window
 

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