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Internet Safety

Games to teach children about online safety

Privacy Playground: The First Adventure of the Three CyberPigs (Ages 6-8)
In this game, 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 this game is to teach kids how to spot online marketing strategies, protect their personal information and avoid online predators.

Privacy Pirates: An Interactive Unit on Online Privacy (Ages 7-9)
This tutorial introduces children to the concept of online privacy and teaches them to distinguish between information that is appropriate to give out and information better kept private - and to recognize how this may change in different contexts.

CyberSense and Nonsense: The Second Adventure of The Three CyberPigs (Ages 9-12)
In this sequel to Privacy Playground, 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."

Top Secret! (Grades 6-8)
This interactive narrated tutorial teaches students about the benefits and drawbacks of sharing information online. Students give their opinion about what the characters in the story should do about their privacy dilemmas, from posting photos to buying music online, and they receive feedback on their responses as the story unfolds.

Recommended Websites

Entertainment Software Rating Board
The American ESRB rating system helps parents and other consumers choose the games that are right for their families. These standards are now being enforced in Ontario under the Theatres Act.

Common Sense Media
The purpose of this site is to provide families with information, education, and an independent voice that they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

See if you can identify the creeps posing as other people chatting, e-mailing or IM'ing you.

Be Web Aware
This site provides a list of kid-friendly sites (search engines and directories), Internet safety tips by age and information on a variety of internet issues.

MediaSmarts: Canada's Centre for Digital and Media Literacy
This site has sections for Teachers (lesson plans, classroom activities, Canadian resources for Internet safety education) and Parents (educational games for children to play).

Connect Safely
Online safety tips, advice, videos and discussion forums for teens and parents.

Cybertip!ca: Canada's National Tipline
This site accepts and describes how to report Internet crime such as incidents of child pornography, child prostitution, child sex tourism or luring.

For kids’ safety they provide an online safety guide, web sites for kids and Internet safety tools.

Internet Safety
From the RCMP, find tips and resources on Internet safety, cyberbullying, child exploitation, online scams and frauds, social networking and Internet security. There are also sections specifically for parents as well as for 10-12 year olds and 13-16 year olds.

Netsmartz Workshop 
Information on Internet safety in the form of articles, videos, activity cards, and gaming for Parents/Guardians, Educators, Law Enforcement, Teens and Kids.
Blog postings for parents about topics related to safe use of the Internet with links to articles and resources.
Posts about topics of interest to teens and their parents which will teach and promote safe, civil and responsible use of the Internet.