The FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (SOS) Internet Challenge is reopening for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The site is designed to help school-age kids 3rd through 8th grade navigate the web safely and securely. Activities and games teach students valuable lessons while getting the opportunity to be head of the leaderboard.
Both schools and individual students can participate and make their way to the top of the surfing challenge by completing tasks and surfing safely!
FBI – Threat Assessment & Program
The FBI developed the program once they started seeing more crimes begin online. Children are becoming victims in ways they didn’t before due to unsafe and insecure web activity. From phones to gaming to social media accounts and more, there are threats that kids need to be aware of and taught how to keep themselves safe.
“Many children and teens see Internet-enabled devices as essential to their lives—needed for everything from schoolwork to social connections,” said Unit Chief Jonathan Cox of the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs. “The fact that these tools feel like second nature, however, makes it easy for young people to forget the risks they can face online. The goals of the FBI’s SOS program are to make children aware of these threats and give them the knowledge they need to steer around them.”
What Will They Learn
The SOS program not only teaches your child web terminology but also how to recognize trustworthy sites. They’ll learn to protect their personal information, how to create strong passwords, avoid viruses and scams, and how to be a good cyber citizen. Most importantly, they’ll also be taught what to do and not do online – as well as online stranger danger.
Last year, more than 1 million students completed the program. If your child’s school is not involved, talk to your students’ teachers and principal about getting the whole school on board with the program. Even if they are not, or if your child is homeschooled, 3rd through 8th graders can still participate individually.
They’ll learn valuable lessons to keep them safe online and have fun in the process.