FBI Unveils New Program To Teach Cyber Security To Kids

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A free web-based program aimed at educating children about cyber safety through games, videos, and other interactive features has been unveiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Dubbed the FBI-SOS (Safe Online Surfing) Internet Challenge, the site features six grade-specific virtual islands for students from third-grade through eighth-grade. Each virtual island has specific cyber safety lesson, covering topics about the protection of personal information, password strength, cell phone safety, social networking and online gaming safety.

The videos in the Safe Online Surfing site also include real-life stories of kids who have faced cyber bullies and online predators.

This site has a test for students of each of the six grade levels, which can only be taken after teachers have signed up their respective classes. All public, private, and home schools are eligible to participate.

The exams of each class are graded electronically by the FBI, and the top scoring schools are awarded an FBI-SOS trophy.

Last August, the FBI came out with Child ID Application for iPhones, which provides an option for parents who want to have immediate access to their children's information should a child become lost. A new version of Child ID App for android phones was launched in May of this year.

Click here to access FBI's newly launched Safe Online Surfing site.

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