bCyberwise Monster Family game teaches kids to be safe online
Life Education Australia and McAfee launch a Cyber Education game that makes learning about online safety fun and easy for kids, parents and teachers
The game, developed in conjunction with McAfee, is available for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play for use on Apple and Android devices.
The game is a fun way to learn about online safety for kids and tasks players with helping members of the monster Nubbin Family set up and safely use the internet as they settle into their new castle.
The bCyberwise Monster Family game covers the three main themes for kids:
Responsible online behaviour – Children’s online behaviour becomes entrenched very early on and age specific cyber safety education in the middle primary years will prepare children for the situations they will face on-line as teenagers
Cyber safety – 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 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 cyber safety 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.
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.”
To download the game, go to http://www.lifeeducation.org.au/bcyberwise-monster-family or search for ‘bCyberwise Monster Family’ in Google Play for Android tablets and phones or the Apple iTunes App Store for iPads and iPhones.
 The Health and Physical Education content descriptions have been selected from the draft curriculum statement and do not reflect final curriculum standards, which were unpublished at the time of development.