FBI reveals secret SOS for protecting kids online

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is taking action to prevent crimes against children and is offering a free school -based Internet safety program. If you are a parent, school teacher or a school administrator spread the word and forward the link to your contacts.

Program Overview

The FBI-SOS (Safe Online Surfing) Internet Challenge is a FREE, educational, and fun online program that promotes cyber citizenship and teaches students in 3rd through 8th grades how to recognize and respond to online dangers. Sponsored and managed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the program provides vital Internet safety guidance in an interesting and competitive format.

The FBI-SOS Internet Challenge enables participating students to familiarize themselves with practical information, safety tips, and resources to help them stay protected online and grow to become safe, responsible cyber citizens.

FBI-SOS is open to all public and private schools nationwide. Only an Internet connection is needed to participate. No downloads or installation required.

How it Works

Each month, 3rd through 8th grade students compete to win the FBI-Internet Challenge by playing games, completing activities, and taking web-based quizzes. The activities promote online safety and cyber citizenship. The programs runs September through May.

Designed to meet state and federal Internet safety mandates, the FBI-SOS Internet Challenge addresses relevant Internet safety topics and concerns that students face today. There are unique FBI-SOS Internet Challenges for each grade. The program builds upon itself each year by introducing new ideas and concepts in each grade while supporting the information previously covered.

The online learning portal helps students learn about Internet safety in creative ways.

Topics Covered

  • Protecting Personal Information
  • Online Predators
  • Cell Phone Safety
  • Cyberbullying
  • Gaming Safety
  • Instant Messaging
  • Reporting
  • Social Networking
  • Copyright and Fair Use

To Participate

  • A teacher or administrator can register his/her school at https://sos.fbi.gov/
  • Students are tested using a key code provided by their teachers. No information on students is collected or stored by the FBI.
  • Students complete a grade-specific program that includes scavenger hunts, games and quizzes.

Results and Awards

  • Schools are categorized by the amount of students participating from each school.
  • Results are ranked on a national level.
  • Schools with the highest score in each category at the end of each month will earn the FBI-SOS national trophy.
  • When possible, winning schools will receive a visit from a local FBI special agent

Register Now

Registration is easy. Visit https://sos.fbi.gov/ and click on “Teachers”.

Reference: All information in this article came from the FBI-SOS brochure and has been reproduced with the permission of the FBI Community Outreach Coordinator, FBI – Charlotte Division.