Sykesville Middle School was recognized with an award for its outstanding achievement compared to other schools in the nation that participated in the FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (SOS) program. Sykesville Middle School counselor Sherry Brown and her McDaniel College intern, Kate Castle, taught a cyber-security lesson to 7th grade students featuring the program from the FBI website. The free program, developed with help from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, is grade-specific and offers six “islands” with different games geared towards various aspects of cyber security. Topics are age-appropriate, meet state and federal internet safety mandates, and include topics such as cyberbullying, netiquette, social media and gaming. Students also view short videos developed around cyber security themes and discuss what they have learned and how they can apply these lessons to their experiences online. There is an exam for each grade level and top-scoring schools are recognized by the FBI through inclusion on the site’s leaderboard, as well as a visit from the FBI to award a trophy to the school.

Date Created: 02/09/2015

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