own_your_spaceSummer is approaching and whether you are a teen or parent, the fact remains – summer time is more screen time!

Whether you are a parent, caregiver, or educator, you can keep up with the latest computer and online safety issues and help kids learn to avoid the real dangers that exist in their Internet-connected world. In partnership with security expert and author, Linda McCarthy, Microsoft offers a free, downloadable version of her new book, Own Your Space: Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online.

Written for computer and Internet savvy “tweens” and teens, this book is also a useful resource for the adults they rely on.

Download the entire book (PDF) – free!

Want to learn more?

This book is designed for any parent or teen who is:

  • In fear of drive-by downloads of nasty adware, spyware, and viruses
  • Anxious about scareware and ransomware
  • Trying to stay safe on social networking sites
  • Concerned about online predators and identity thieves
  • Scattering secrets to the wind in favorite hot spots
  • Shopping online without protection
  • Unsure of the risks about webcams and sexting
  • Dealing with cyberbullies at home or in school
  • Blogging alone and in the dark

Download individual chapters

Chapter 1: Protect Your Turf (PDF)
Chapter 2: Know Your Villains (PDF)
Chapter 3: Nasty “ware” (PDF)
Chapter 4: Hackers and Crackers (PDF)
Chapter 5: Taking SPAM Off the Menu (PDF)
Chapter 6: Cyberbullies (PDF)
Chapter 7: Phishing for Dollars (PDF)
Chapter 8: Safer Cyber Shopping (PDF)
Chapter 9: Browsers Bite Back (PDF)
Chapter 10: Private Blogs and Public Places (PDF)
Chapter 11: Going Social (PDF)
Chapter 12: Friends, Creeps, and Pirates (PDF)
Chapter 13: Any Port in a Storm (PDF)
Chapter 14: Look Pa, No Strings (PDF)
Chapter 15: Getting Help (PDF)
Chapter 16: Tweaks (PDF)
Appendix (PDF)
Supplement: An Online Reputation That Counts (PDF)

Be an educated digital parent, you will have safer digital teens!

Compliments of Microsoft.