Gaming | 02/08/19: Emily Ludolph

4 Games That Use Fantastical Worlds to Teach Kids to Stay Safe in the Digital One

Illustration courtesy of Datak

Digital and online safety is one of the most important topics in child development. And yet, as the digital world shifts at light speed, the internet can be the hardest space to put up guardrails around. One of the solutions is to educate kids to participate in their own safety by cultivating instincts around digital safety, the same way we teach kids to look both ways before they cross the street.

We rounded up four of our favorite browser based games (so, easy to access and play) that aim to build a resilient generation of good digital citizens by tackling topics like data security, privacy, and cyberbullying.

Datak

Aiming to make players understand the high stakes of data privacy, Datak is inspired by a team of journalistic investigators. Players step into the shoes of an assistant data manager in training, tasked with advising the mayor of the fictional town of DataVille on everything from public security cameras to whether he should let corporations buy his constituents data. This game can be played by data privacy experts in training ages 15 and up.

Digital Compass

What if you could make mistakes in a world that had no public repercussions? Digital Compass is a choose your own adventure game, where kids ages 11-15 can try out real world decisions and gain digital literacy around topics like online self-image, cyberbullying, and distraction all within the safe, private environment of a browser. Digital Compass is a Flash based game, so players may have to download and install Flash.  

Interland

Straight from Google’s Be Internet Awesome program, Interland is an eye-popping adventure into exploring the online world. From ‘don’t fall for fake’ to ‘share with care’ players age 7-12 learn digital citizenship and help characters face off against hackers, phishers, and cyberbullies.

Privacy Pirates

A rollicking world filled with wizards, pirates, and sharks, Privacy Pirates is funded by Google Canada and aimed at ages 7-9. Players answer questions about sharing information online that prove they’re ready to get to Internet Island.