FBI launches online safety program for kids

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 11:02pm

The Federal Bureau of Investigation in El Paso has created a program for kids that teaches them how to stay safe online. It's called the "FBI Safety Online Surfing Internet Challenge," or FBI-SOS.

FBI-SOS is an interactive program. Students play video games and take quizzes to learn safety tips about things like protecting personal information online, cyberbullying, and online predators.

Each month, students compete to win the challenge. The FBI-SOS Internet Challenge is open to all public and private schools around the country.

In El Paso, Canutillo Independent School District is the only district participating in this program. The FBI says they are in the process of getting others to do it too.

George Quinlan of the FBI has his own children enrolled in the program.

"They certainly will be participating and their parents, their mom and I will be involved in this program. As a law enforcement officer, I'm very grateful for this program that the FBI is sponsoring, as well as being a parent," says Quinlan.

The program targets students in grades 3 through 8 because according to the FBI, that's when students are the most vulnerable to problems online.

If you're a teacher or an administrator interested in this program, you can register your school online at https://sos.fbi.gov/

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