Bing in the Classroom Makes Searching Less Scary for our Students #adfreesearch {sponsored}

Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Bing, thanks to a campaign with Social Chorus. I was compensated for my time. The opinions and views are my own.
I remember sitting in school, at my desk, and trying desperately to maintain some form of attentiveness as the teacher delivered the lesson to the class. It was so easy to wander off into another world, zone out or become distracted by something as simple as a fly landing on the window sill. Once either of these things occurred, it was difficult for me to regain focus on the teacher and resume any attempt at retaining any information from the lesson.

This happened far more frequently than I care to admit. All it took was one thing to take me off of my course of thought. One thing. And this was before the world of technology played a major role in causing distractions in the everyday lives of students. Today, there is a different beast that is attempting to divert the attention and impede the learning process in schools.

The Internet.

The Internet can be a scary place. For everyone. Especially our children. My oldest son is fairly savvy when it comes to the Internet. I have sent him to perform an online search on numerous occasions when he is seeking the answer to a problem or has a question that I am unsure of how to answer. Despite the amount of trust I have for him, I know that it is my duty to monitor his usage online in order to protect him. I cannot always be there to do this, so it's nice to know that there is a service that will assist in this process.

With each keystroke used to create a string of words in a search box, in hopes of yielding positive and pertinent results, there is the possibility that a child will be taken to an unwanted world of "adult content". From inappropriate content to advertisements and marketing, children who use the Internet run the risk of being exposed to subject matter that can reduce their productivity in a learning environment. Their curiosity and questioning of life's most harmless existences often lead them to online searches for research. There has to be a way to protect their innocence and eliminate the unnecessary detours through ads online.

Now, there is a way. Thanks to Bing in the Classroom.

Bing in the Classroom is a the only major search engine program in K-12 schools in the United States to provide ad-free search (Show support for #adfreesearch).In addition to ad-free search, these following elements are also included:
  • Removal of all advertisements from Bing search results
  • Automatic strict filtering to help block adult content
  • Disabling the use of student searches for targeted advertising
All this, for FREE! (an administrator from the school must sign up first)

“We created Bing in the Classroom because we believe students deserve a search environment tailored for learning. Classrooms should be ad-free, and that should be as true online as it is offline,” said Matt Wallaert, creator of Bing in the Classroom, Microsoft.

I did a check to see if a few of the local schools in my area were covered. Sadly, none of them are signed-up to participate in Bing in the Classroom...yet! I plan on sharing the information and all of the benefits that come along with using Bing, in general.

For instance, Bing search engine users can earn points just by performing a search. You can then donate these points and earn a Surface tablet for your school with Bing Rewards! It takes 30,000 points for a Surface tablet. That seems very attainable if you consider having a school of people using Bing. It's one of the easiest ways to give back to your child's school – by doing one of life's everyday tasks. I mean, who doesn't go on the computer at least once a day?

When we send our children to school, we expect them to be safe. We trust that their positive well-being is a top priority. With efforts such as Bing in the Classroom, a step is being made in the right direction. There will never be a fool-proof method of ensuring a child will always be blocked from the dangers of the Internet, but at least this will decrease the temptation to discover them.

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This post was created in partnership with Bing, thanks to a campaign with Social Chorus. I was compensated for my time. The opinions and views are my own.

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