Most of you know that I have three kids, ages 1, 5, and 6. My kids LOVE technology. My 1 year old has her toy remote, and the 5 and 6 year olds have their electronic gadgets and a computer that is used for schoolwork. If your kids are anything like my kids, they love to use the computer. We do have guidelines for screen time in our house, and they are restricted to what sites they are allowed to visit. Knowing that we will be incorporating more internet research into our classroom next year, I worry about online safety for them. And that is with me there, monitoring their searches! I can’t imagine how much more I would worry if my kids were using a computer in a classroom or school library that isn’t within arms reach of me!
As you know, I homeschool. I realize that this is not a viable option for many of my readers, and many parents as a whole, which is why I wanted to share with you exciting news about Bing in the Classroom!
In schools, when students use search engines other than Bing, they are shown ads that can distract from their studies. With Bing in the Classroom, all advertising is removed, there are strict filters for adult content, and enhanced privacy protection. Along with providing educational enhancements, Bing in the Classroom removes ads and blocks searches from being used for personalized advertising for all Bing searches done through the school’s network, making Bing the only major search engine to provide a search offering tailored specifically for the classroom. Please note: As a part of the program, all searches performed with Bing in the Classroom will be ad free, however, websites discovered and visited via search will still provide ads. Students will not be served ads in the Bing experience.
Bing didn’t stop with #adfreesearch, though. With the popular Bing Rewards program, you can help the school of your choice earn credits towards Surface tablets simply by signing up and searching with Bing. Now it is easier than ever to see how many Rewards credits an individual school has earned. You can search for any school by ZIP code and see how many other people are contributing, how many Surface tablets the school has earned so far, and how many credits are needed to earn the next Surface. And you can see if a school is registered for the search enhancements, so you can know if your kids are receiving ad-free, safer, more private search in the classroom when they choose Bing.
Anyone can earn credits just by searching the web with Bing—similar to a frequent flyer program. Credits can be donated to help get free Microsoft Surface tablets for schools. It’s easy! Just go to the campaign landing page and select “Find your school” map in the lower right corner of the page. Next, enter your school’s zip code and select the name of your school via the dropdown menu and select “Find”. From here, select the “Support Your School” section and click on the “Try it now, FREE!” section. You’ll be prompted to create a Microsoft account, or sign in with your Facebook account. All you have to do is stay signed in as you search with Bing, and you earn credits for the school of your choice.
How Bingtastic is that?