Microsoft reveals Bing For Schools; will remove all ads from search results for K-12 students

Microsoft has announced a new program in its Bing division designed to expand the use of its search engine in education. The program is called simply Bing For Schools and will allow students in K-12 a way to use Bing without having to encounter any ads generated by its search results.

The Bing blog has more information on the new program, which will officially launch later this year. In addition to removing ads, Microsoft says that Bing For Schools will also have better privacy protections and a way to filter out adult content in search results. Microsoft says that Bing For Schools will lock the adult content filter to "the strict setting and remove kids ability to change it."

Microsoft says that schools can choose to use the regular Bing experience or the new Bing For Schools system, which will be free to access. It added, "For those that opt-in, Bing will enable the experience across all searches from within the school’s network on, without any need for special software or a different search address."

While the final details are still being formulated, Microsoft says that Bing For Schools will also offer some "short lesson plans" that are designed to help students better their digital literacy skills. Schools that want to learn more about the new Bing program can go to its official website to sign up so they can receive more information ahead of the formal launch.

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moloko said,
this is great news but isn't stuff blocked at the firewall level anyways on these networks?

I think schools just block things other than port 80, ads should still make their way through unless you do specific hosts file blocking etc. I doubt they do that though. They don't want you using any old app to connect online besides the browser itself and their own apps I bet.

I could be wrong though, and maybe each school is different in how they block content on their networks.

Except that many firewalls do not do content filtering or layer 7 inspection. Content filtering is usually done with another product in public K12s because of E-rate requirements (for schools/districts which receive federal funding). However, that content filtering may be rudimentary (URL-based only) and not properly or completely able to block images from an image search, or other content delivered from the search engine's cache. The adult content filter operating directly within the search engine fills that gap.

I was not saying bad about this. I think its good MS is doing this. So the schools only use a white/ black list for filtering? At work we block have IT block websites that have adult themes or nudity in it. Includes gambling sites, etc. I was just asking, im curious.