Cyberspace safer for kids with Creep Quiz

QUEENSLAND school students will learn skills to stay safe online with the launch of a new cyber-safety website which uses a quiz to highlight potential dangers.

The 'Meet the Creeps' quiz has been specifically geared to students aged from 11 to 13 and teaches them to be able to recognise potential dangers.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said on Monday  the new website would use characters including 'Bully Girl' and 'Shifty Shane' to help educate students of the dangers of cyber bullying.

"The internet is an excellent resource offering a world of information at our fingertips, but unfortunately it also has its dangers," he said.

"There are six characters in the interactive quiz, with each one representing potential pitfalls for children who might inadvertently put themselves at risk when using online technology."

Mr Langbroek said the quiz tackled a range of issues, including how to deal with personal information, cyber bullying, online scams and the permanence and wide-spread accessibility of information once it was online.

"It allows children to choose from alternative answers to a range of situations and then explains why they have selected the correct or an unsuitable response," he said.

"Importantly, this site also provides parents with the opportunity to have discussions with their children about online activities and keeping safe when using social media."

Check out the Meet the Creeps quiz www.creepquiz.eq.edu.au



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