The Redmond based technology titan has announced a new Internet safety program aimed to help parents in the United Kingdom protect their children when browsing the web.

The UK government, as you might recall, asked for help from Microsoft in this regard.

This campaign involves training sessions in a number of locations across the United Kingdom, as well as video tutorials for parents to help enable safety settings on various Microsoft devices — from the Xbox consoles to Windows Phone, and obviously, the Windows operating system.

In the words of Nicola Hodson, general manager of marketing and operations at the company:

“Our advice is to really think hard about letting your children be online unsupervised. Make sure you use the tools available to block access to inappropriate websites, films and games – especially with phones and games consoles where you are less likely to be around. Parental controls aren’t the whole answer but they can really help.”

The software titan even conducted a survey in the United Kingdom, the results of which revealed that more than four million parents in the country are yet to configure safety settings on technology that is accessed by children.

And around one in eight kids who go online unprotected are affected by bullying and adult content, the aforementioned survey revealed.

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  • Jason Claven

    Smart and good for everyone. The internet can be a scary place, and often not a place for children. I’m glad Microsoft is stepping up and making the necessary innovation here. Bravo!

    • John Howe

      I’m 100% behind you here. My only other thought to add to this is, what the heck took so long? Seems like this is about 5 years too late.