FBI Web Site Educates Kids About On Line Threats (VIDEO)

By Jeff Neumeyer

July 31, 2013 Updated Jul 31, 2013 at 5:32 PM EDT

INDIANA ( www.incnow.tv) --- The FBI is promoting a web site that uses fun games to teach kids how to avoid on-line pitfalls.

It allows us to see a different side of the law enforcement agency.

The bureau's "Safe On Line Surfing" site, features video games as a teaching tool, and it's even being marketed as something schools can add to their curriculums.

We caught up with 5th grader Cota Hahn as he visited sos.fbi.gov, where you can find Volcano Island.

He clicked on a robot and up popped a quiz.

In one of the scenarios, a mean picture is circulated about a new kid in school with a funny accent.

"Eddie saw it before everyone else and told the teacher," the question reads.

The scenario continues by saying the teacher deleted the picture.

Cota was confronted with this question; did Eddie do the right thing?

" I think it's a yes,” Cota answered.

A box floated in, saying he’d gotten the question right.

Other questions posed deal with things like copyright infringement and netiquette.

" I think it is something other kids would enjoy doing, because they can have fun with it, and yet learn something," Cota said.

Agent David Crawford, who supervises the Fort Wayne FBI office, took us to the page for 7th graders.

We saw a directive you might encounter on the web, saying, "Enter the contest on this pop up ad and win big."

But the game invites you to click on the spyglasses, revealing what the message is really seeking.

“ I am gathering facts about you to make it easy to guess your password or other secret information,” the message reads.

" These are pertinent to not just kids but adults," Agent Crawford said.

The safe on line surfing site started in 2012.

" What we've found is, is that the variety of topics that are covered on this program is something that parents really appreciate, so again, everything from on line predators to protecting your personal information," said Crawford.

But it's not simply a learning tool for kids working alone.

School teachers or administrators can register on the site, signing up schools to compete against others of similar size.

" The schools with the highest scores are awarded a National FBI Safe On Line Surfing trophy and an FBI agent can come to their school and present that trophy to them," Crawford said.

Those visiting sos.fbi.gov can click on tabs labeled 3rd grade through 8th grade, to provide age appropriate quizzes and games.

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