Here’s a look at the game and the thinking behind it:
Here are a couple of articles about it from the past week’s news:
- “Google’s ‘Interland’ Game Makes Online Safety Education Fun” (from PC Magazine)
- “Google developed a school curriculum to help kids fight trolls and hackers” (from The Verge)
I played it for a little while yesterday and got to the 3rd level, feeling all the while how bad I am at games like this. I didn’t grow up playing computer games — not because they weren’t available (at least later in my formative years) but just a lack of interest. I do remember having a very good friend who spent entirely too much time playing something called Dark Castle. I got pretty good at that one.
Anyway, I don’t know how successful this game is at teaching people about online safety or digital citizenship, but for people who like games like this, at least it’s not violent. As the Verge article says, it
“seems less like a training tool and more like a sweetener that could get students interested in the material.”