Thursday, 27 Feb 2014

Meet the bCyberwise Monster Family

Life Education Australia and McAfee are proud to present the bCyberwise Monster Family a Cyber Education game for iOS and android phones and tablets. The game makes learning about online safety fun and easy for kids, parents and teachers.

“Life Education’s bCyberwise Monster Family game is aimed at kids aged between 8 and 13 years old, and uses an engaging story line, hidden items and fun mini-games to teach online safety messages in a way that makes sense to this generation of digital natives,” says Mr Allan Bell, Director Marketing Asia Pacific, McAfee, Part of Intel Security.

Available for phones and tablets on both the Apple iOS and Android platforms the bCyberwise game covers three main themes for kids:

  • Responsible online behaviour – Children’s online behaviour becomes entrenched very early on and age specific cybersafety education in the middle primary years will prepare children for the situations they will face on-line as teenagers
  • Cybersafety – Digital media has become an important and mostly positive aspect of the education, leisure and social lives of today’s children, but it’s important to be aware that it also poses some risks to the safety and wellbeing of Australian children
  • Cyber security – Life Education and McAfee are providing the opportunity for young children to develop skills and strategies to deal with the potential issues they could experience online

“The bCyberwise Monster Family game has been designed to be child-friendly, so it doesn’t contain ads, integration with social networks, or use any analytics or data collection tools. It also doesn’t feature any in-game purchases — so this is a game that’s truly dedicated to educating the kids of Australia,” says Mr Bell.

The game will be incorporated as a free resource for school educators to support the bCyberwise and It’s Your Call modules, jointly developed by Life Education Australia and McAfee, which have already reached 91,128 school children. The game content aligns with the Australian Curriculum; Health and Physical Education and English learning areas, and Information and Communication Technology capability.

The bCyberwise Monster Family game can be used as a classroom activity or a homework task, with students returning to the game in their own time on their own devices. Parents can access the game, play it with their children to learn about cybersafety together.

The online safety lessons and themes built into the bCyberwise Monster Family game reinforce messages from the bCyberwise school program, and include topics such as, protecting your personal information, positive respectful communication, how to deal with cyberbullying, seeking help from trusted adults, and safe behaviours when using the internet.

“This freely available educational game will also serve as a helpful conversation starter for parents, a trigger to discuss online behaviours with their kids outside of the school hours. As a learning-based game, it teaches important lessons, but also keeps kids challenged and entertained,” says Mr Bell.

Speaking about the new game, David Ballhausen, CEO of Life Education Australia said, “The bCyberwise Monster Family game is the next step in integrating digital technology into the Life Education Program ensuring we deliver important messages to children and parents in a fun and accessible way. In partnering again with McAfee, we are strengthening our reach in empowering kids to keep safe online.”

You can find out more about the game and download it for your device here.

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