Having five children in our home makes school a big part of our lives. I am a big supporter of school readiness and practicing skills like reading and spelling, but an important skill I also allow my children to practice-computer literacy. When I was in an educational setting, as a student teacher, our kindergarten class had one day a week in the computer lab to practice these important skills. I know from kinder up they will only get more and more access to computers and more of a need to use a computer to complete school work.
As a parent I have to admit, I am worried when I allow my children to use my computer for school or play. Since I am on the computer often because I have chosen to blog, the children all have an interest in what I am doing and how they too can use the computer. There are so many things online I feel I need to protect them from, but I just don’t know how other than sitting next to them-which cannot happen all the time, especially at school. I know using a computer is a skill they need in today’s world so I can’t keep them from it. So what is the solution-Bing’s new #adfreesearch is a great choice.
In schools, when students use search engines other than Bing, they are shown ads that can distract from their studies. I know all to well how distracting ads can be on the internet especially shopping ones! With Bing in the Classroom, all advertising is removed, there are strict filters for adult content, and enhanced privacy protection. This really gives me some peace of mind knowing they will only see what is appropriate for them. 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.
You can support your child’s school with Bing Rewards program! It’s easy! All you have to do is stay signed in as you search with Bing. The Bing Rewards program enables people to earn credits towards Surface tablets for a school of their choice simply by signing up and searching with Bing. Now it’s easier 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 they’ll also tell you if the 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.
Ready to show your support for Bing in the Classroom and #Adfreesearch like I am?
To begin supporting schools with Bing rewards, simply visit this 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 to earn credits.
Many thanks to Bing for sponsoring today’s post, and inspiring me to share about their #adfreesearch classroom initiative.