New FBI Program Aims to Keep Kids Safe Online

Oct 18, 2012 16:04:20Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

New FBI Program Aims to Keep Kids Safe Online

Parents and teachers know that it can be hard to keep kids interested in lessons, even important ones. That's why educators come up with creative ways to engage students while driving home essential information.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seems to understand this, judging by its new website aimed at kids. The Safe Online Surfing page, also known as FBI Cyber Surf Islands, uses games and online quizzes to keep young people up to speed on internet security and safety. Teachers can benefit from the website, too, as they can sign their class up to use the program during the school day.

According to the site, teachers who enroll their students in the program will receive information that will help guide students through games that teach kids about protecting online privacy. The games are divided up into grade-appropriate "islands," from third grade to eighth grade. Once kids have navigated through the games, videos, and other educational media on the site, they can take an exam to show what they've learned. That exam is graded electronically by the FBI, and each school's scores are posted to a leader board. Teams with the highest scores have the chance to win trophies and even a visit from the FBI for further education, reports TechNewsDaily.

"Whether you're in elementary school, junior high or a high-rise office building, it's never too late or too soon to learn about or brush up on what makes for a safe online experience," writes Ben Weitzenkorn on the website. "The games may be tailored to children, but they will undoubtedly benefit adults too."

Parents can take advantage of the FBI's tools to teach their children about internet privacy protection and safety. Kids are able to visit the site, even if they aren't doing so through a classroom, so parents should feel free to guide their son or daughter to the FBI page the next time they're on the computer together.