an online game for teaching basic Internet safety in a fun
and friendly fairytale environment
The Council of Europe designed an online game "Through the Wild Web Woods " to help children learn basic Internet safety rules. The game uses familiar fairy tales to guide children through a maze of potential dangers on the way to the fabulous e-city Komet, while teaching them to protect identity and personal data, participate safely in chat rooms, recognise sites and online games containing harmful content, develop a critical approach towards information found on the Internet, and protect their computers against spam and viruses. The game also promotes such key concepts and values underlying the work of the Council of Europe as democracy, respect for others and children’s rights. The game, mainly for children between 7 and 10, exists already in more than 20 languages.
The Teachers guide to the online game aims to assist educators in helping children to use the Internet safely and responsibly. The Guide is structured in eight lessons which provide educators with explanations, tips and practical exercises for children on topics such as managing online identity, learning about children’s rights, how much time they should spend online, privacy and security.