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Posted October 25, 2012

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Free School-based Internet Safety Program Offered by FBI

The Albuquerque Federal Bureau of Investigation, Join-a-School partner to Valle Vista ES and Del Norte HS, has announced a newly launched program called the FBI Safe Online Surfing (SOS) Challenge.

The FBI-SOS Internet Challenge is an educational online program that promotes cyber citizenship and teaches students in 3rd through 8th grades how to recognize and respond to online dangers.  FBI-SOS offers vital Internet safety guidance in an interesting and competitive format.

Students compete monthly to win the FBI-SOS Internet Challenge by playing games, completing activities and taking web-based quizzes.  It addresses relevant topics and concerns and is designed to meet state and federal Internet safety mandates.   “FBI-SOS is a fun, free, and effective way to teach kids how to use the Internet safely and responsibly,” says Scott McMillion, head of the unit that manages the program in the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division.  “We encourage teachers to check out the site and sign up their classes during the school year.”

A school can be registered by a teacher or administrator at https://sos.fbi.gov .  Students are tested using a key code provided by their teachers and no information on students is collected or stored by the FBI.  Results are ranked on a national level and schools with the highest score in each category (at the end of the month) will earn the FBI-SOS national trophy.   The local contact, Tammy Peter, ABQ FBI Community Outreach Specialist, hopes that Albuquerque educators will try FBI-SOS this fall and let the FBI know what they think of the program.  She can be reached at 505-889-1300 for more information. 

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