2015-16 FBI-SOS Internet Challenge Now Open to Schools

Your BBB® has learned that the FBI free school-based internet safety program is now open for the 2015-16 school year. Called the “FBI-SOS (Safe Online Surfing) Internet Challenge,” the program educates students in grades 3-8 on cyber safety and promotes cyber citizenship. It is implemented each school year with the help of the FBI, teachers and school administrators across the country, and the Enlightenment Foundation. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children supported the development of the program.

 The program uses games, videos, and other interactive materials to teach students about Internet safety. It is open to all public and private schools nationwide. In the 2014-15 school year, 275,656 students completed the quizzes, more than triple the number in 2013-14.

There are unique FBI-SOS Internet Challenges for each grade, and each month students compete to win the Challenge by completing the activities and taking web-based quizzes. The program runs September through May. The topics covered are

*Protecting Personal Information

*Online Predators

*Cyberbullying

*Instant Messaging

*Social Networking

*Cell Phone Safety

*Gaming Safety

*Reporting

*Copyright and Fair Use

It’s easy for teachers to participate. Visit https://sos.fbi.gov to register. No downloads or installation is required. Students complete a grade-specific program including scavenger hunts, games, and quizzes. No information on students is collected or stored by the FBI.

Schools are categorized by the number of students participating from each school and are ranked on a national level. Schools with the highest score in each category at the end of each month will earn the FBI-SOS national trophy and, when possible, will receive a visit from a local FBI special agent.

Results and Awards

*Schools are categorized by the amount of students participating from each school.

*Results are ranked on a national level.

*Schools with the highest score in each category at the end of each month will earn the FBI-SOS national trophy.

*When possible, winning schools will receive a visit from a local FBI special agent.

Registration is easy.Visit https://sos.fbi.gov and click on “Teachers.” Only an Internet connection is needed to participate. No downloads or installation required.

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About Jackie 244 Articles
Jackie is the Operations and Education Foundation Assistant with the BBB. She assists consumers with business inquiries, and does presentations to senior groups and high school students. She is a regular contributor to the blog.

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