As the internet continues to be a core part of how we connect, learn and play, understanding how to stay safe online remains at the top of Xbox. Before the 20th annual Safer Internet Day On February 7th, Xbox reaffirms our commitment to an online world where everyone has the opportunity to have fun within the limits of their choosing.
As Xbox continues its safety journey, we’re excited to share some ways we recognize Safer Internet Day. I recently sat down with Xbox Podcast’s Jeff Rubenstein to talk about our evolving approach to securityand how players, parents and carers of all ages can work together to use our resources in a way that suits their personal security preferences. In addition to my role as a parent and my role here at Xbox, I’m also a gamer and a customer. Wearing these different hats has allowed me to see and experience first hand how games can enable open conversations between parents, children and caregivers about internet safety and also good habits around budgeting, screen time and more.
At Xbox, our Trust and Security team is responsible for helping gamers and families have peace of mind when gaming on Xbox. We take a multi-faceted approach to safety, privacy and community health that focuses on giving parents, children and caregivers the tools and education to enable safer gaming experiences for the whole family. We design these resources with choice in mind, understanding that security is a priority not just for Xbox, but for many families as well. We’ve created family-friendly resources, such as B. ours Xbox Family Hub
Play the new Privacy prodigy play off Minecraft education
Families and educators around the world are constantly looking for ways to help young people stay safe in the digital world where they play, learn and form meaningful relationships. At Xbox, we know that creative learning environments are a fun way to interact.
Today we are launching a new immersive game-based learning experience calledPrivacy prodigywhich is a continuation of CyberSafe series from Minecraft Education, which includes last year’s Home Cute Hmm. Privacy prodigy is designed to help gamers ages 7-18 learn how to keep their personal information safe when traveling the world, whether that be learning how to protect data in public places or where they store data. Each challenge is designed to help students and their parents make more informed decisions about who should have access to their personal information and why.
This single player experience introduces young people to the concept of trust zones. They develop the ability to identify the different types of information they need to manage and what they can share. Players will also learn strategies to protect their personal information and ways to mitigate problems that arise from compromised information.
Privacy prodigy is available in the Minecraft Education lesson library. If your students, friends, family (or you!) are playing the Bedrock version of Minecraft at home, access Privacy Prodigy im for free Minecraft Marketplace.
How Xbox helps keep gaming conversations safe and fun
Another important – and fun – aspect of online communities is communicating with friends and players. When playing online, it’s common to share all sorts of content, from a GIF to an emoji or a simple “GG” (good game) that signals at the end of a game that you’ve done a good job. For gamers around the world, certain emojis, messages, and slang terms can have different meanings based on cultural and regional nuances. Xbox is able to determine what is simply “gaming jargon” and what is potentially harmful content using content moderation tools that allow for a safer gaming experience.
To keep game conversations safe and fun, Xbox scans over 18 billion interactions a year community sievea moderation platform with a team of language and culture specialists who, in addition to cultural and regional idioms, understand more than 20 formal and informal languages.
Parent and gamer tips for safer gaming on Xbox
1. Visit and play with your child regularly
Have an open dialogue with kids about safe online gaming and get involved. Playing together is a great way to have an interactive conversation while gaining a better understanding of what types of games they play, who they play with, and what online scenarios they should play to discuss.
2. Create a family group and child accounts for your family
If you haven’t yet created a family group and child account for your family, it’s quick and easy. The account is age specific and parents can receive activity notifications. When added to a family group, parents and carers can easily personalize each child’s online experience based on age-appropriate restrictions such as privacy, content filters, and online purchases. Just follow the steps on this page
3. Adjust your settings with Xbox Family Settings app
Free download for iOS and Android devices. You can set screen time, gain insight into game activity through reports, manage your child’s expenses, check friend requests and much more from the comfort of your phone. Learn how the Xbox Family Settings app works Here about a practical video and download When you’re ready
4th visit xbox.com/family for more information for families
Visit the Xbox Family Hub to learn more about what Xbox offers for families, privacy information and access to privacy tools, the Xbox Family Settings app and our community standards.
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