Posted by Caroline Curtin
Policy Counsel, U.S. Government Affairs

Yesterday the U.S. Senate proclaimed June as National Internet Safety month, part of a nationwide effort to raise public awareness of potential online threats.

At Microsoft, we’re continually looking for new ways to share online safety tips and tools with parents and children. Recently we worked with the nation’s largest school system – the New York City Department of Education – to develop a four-part Internet safety video called Clicking with Caution. The video series will be distributed to all NYC middle-school students this week.

We‘re especially excited about this safety video because it was produced by teens for teens. ReelWorks, a New York City-based company that mentors teens in the art of filmmaking, produced the documentary-style videos, which focus on online awareness, online predators, cyber-bullying and smart gaming. As the students in the video explain during a classroom discussion about online safety, kids know more about the Internet than adults do, in some ways, though they may not understand the risks.

Clicking with Caution is the most recent addition to Microsoft’s efforts to equip parents and children with information and tools to help them adopt healthy, responsible and balanced gaming and digital media habits. To learn more, visit GetGameSmart.com.