New Online Game Teaches Cyber Safety to Kids

In an October 15, 2012 Press Release, the FBI announced a free new program that teaches cyber safety to kids.  Developed by the FBI and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children with input from teachers and schools, the program is called the FBI-SOS (Safe Online Surfing) Internet Challenge and is available through the newly revamped website at https://sos.fbi.gov.  The site features Cyber Surf Island, a playable, web-based game world, with content segregated by grade level for grades 3 to 8.  By playing the games, students learn about online topics ranging from malware, copyright violations, and secure passwords to cyber bullying, internet predators, and sexting.  There are also age appropriate videos which include real-life stories of kids who have faced cyber bullies and online predators. 

Teachers can create an account with the FBI and receive online identifiers for each student.  Students can then log in, play the games, and then take tests to evaluate their progress.  Schools can even compete against one another with their scores appearing on a leader board.  Top scoring schools nationwide are awarded an FBI-SOS trophy.

The FBI assures visitors to the site that they are not collecting student names, ages, or other identifying information through the website. 

For more information you can trust about cyber safety, see

FTC Offers Video Game Primer to Help Parents

Securing Your Wireless Network

Social Networking Safety Tips

NCPW-Keeping Kids Safe Online

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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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