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Bing In The Classroom

by Megan

Many thanks to Bing for sponsoring today’s post, and inspiring me to share about their #adfreesearch classroom initiative.

My little-big guy has just 9 days left of Kindergarten! I can’t believe I’m about to have a first grader. He has done so well this year, growing in so many ways.

Carter-before-and-after-Kindergarten

He’s reading books, writing full sentences with punctuation, and apparently he’s a math whiz! He’s friends with everyone in the class, and if you mention “Emma” you’ll see the cutest blush ever!

Every morning I drop him off, and my heart and my stomach give just a little lurch. I’m very happy he’s in school, and that’s exactly where he needs to be, but the lack of control I have while he’s gone all day still makes me just a bit nervous every single school day. But it’s cool, he only has approximately 2,160 school days until he graduates from high school.

carter-in-the-classroom

Luckily there are ways to keep kids safe at school. Choosing the right school to begin with is important- making sure the teachers and staff care about the students and their safety. Talking to your child about what to do in different situations will help them be prepared.

As education, learning, and basically everything is becoming much more centered around technology, I’m glad that there are companies out there that are looking out for our children. In this “Information Age,” all the information we need is right at our fingertips, but plenty of other stuff is right there as well, stuff we don’t want our children viewing!

Bing has started a new initiative called Bing in the Classroom, which provides schools with ad free search, which includes the removal of all advertising, strict filters for adult content, and enhanced privacy protection. Check out this cute video, which shows it at work in the classroom.

You can sign up for Bing rewards now to start supporting your local school. All you have to do is sign up and start searching with Bing, and you’ll earn credits toward Surface tablets for the school of your choice. 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.

To begin supporting schools with Bing rewards, visit this page and select “Find your school” map in the lower right corner of the page. Once you find your school, 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.

Support my child’s school with something I’m already really really good at (copious web searching)? Sure, why not?!

Is your child’s school using Bing’s #adfreesearch? If not, tell them to get on it and make classrooms a little safer for everyone!

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