Microsoft has announced the Council for Digital Good, a pilot program it is kicking off for teens in the U.S. to "help lay the groundwork for a new approach to online interactions." In short, Microsoft wants help from teens themselves in learning how they use the web in order to give them the skills to deal with online threats they may face. The first step to that is forming this council, made up of teens from around the country.

Microsoft wants to make the internet safe for teens with new pilot program

From Microsoft:

Today's youth are tech-savvy, digitally engaged and resourceful, and we at Microsoft are interested in what they're doing online, who they're connecting with, and what they're sharing and learning. In turn, we're cognizant that being online presents very real risks, and we want to make sure young people appreciate – and have the skills to help mitigate – those risks. That's why we're piloting this council: to gain diverse perspectives from youth in the U.S. on the state of online interactions today, as well as their hopes and ideals for what would make online life healthier, safer and more enjoyable.

Microsoft is currently accepting applications for the Council from teens in the U.S. between the ages of 13 and 17. Alongside basic information, teens will also have to submit an essay or video response to specific questions about "life online, expectations for their council experience, and about Microsoft generally." When all is said and done, Microsoft will invite 12-15 teens to take part in a 2-day summit at its headquarters.