Monday, October 22, 2012

Educating Students on Online Safety and Security is Essential in Today's Digital World

Educational computer games that introduce kids to key ideas in media and digital literacy. These games are a great way to start a conversation on media issues in the home or classroom, and you can play most of them right here on our website.
Cyber Security is essential for teachers and parents to start educating children on how to be safe online.  There are countless free games online that teach students internet safety.  Below is a link to a site that offers many free games.  I highlighted two games below that I will start with in my classroom.  I will continue posting new games each week.  Parents, feel free to have your children play at home.  Team 16 will be playing in school and having class discussions of the importance of being safe online.

Privacy Playground: The First Adventure of the Three CyberPigs

In this game, designed for ages 8-10, the CyberPigs play on their favourite website and encounter marketing ploys, spam and a close encounter with a not-too-friendly wolf.
The purpose of the game is to teach kids how to spot online marketing strategies, protect their personal information and avoid online predators.

CyberSense and Nonsense: The Second Adventure of The Three CyberPigs

In this sequel to Privacy Playground, for ages 9-12, the three CyberPigs learn some important lessons about authenticating online information and observing rules of netiquette. They also learn how to distinguish between fact and opinion and how to recognize bias and harmful stereotyping in online content. As Les, Mo and Lil discover, "just because it's on the Internet, doesn't mean it's true."

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