The nonprofit Center for Cyber Safety and Education launches new Garfield at Home program to teach children ages six to 11 how to be safe and secure online from the comfort of their homes. “Covid-19 has shown us that internet safety education needs to be a priority, especially when it comes to younger kids. The Center is here to help parents eliminate the guessing game of how to teach their children cyber safety and what resources to use,” said director of the Center Patrick Craven.
Garfield at Home program will feature award-winning Garfield‘s Cyber Safety Adventures in a new digital platform where children will be able to learn internet safety lessons on privacy, gaming, cyberbullying, and illegal downloading through animated cartoons, game-based learning, and find and click storybooks. Children will earn digital badges as they test their knowledge through the different levels. Children will also have access to physical internet safety materials such as Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures Coloring Book and the newly released Movie Adventure Comic Book.
In addition, “Garfield at Home” will feature a new Parents Internet Safety Guide to help families continue the conversation of internet safety beyond “Garfield at Home” activities.
Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures was originally introduced in the fall of 2016 by the Center and cartoonist Jim Davis in the form of an educator kit to help teachers worldwide teach internet safety. The kit includes cartoons, comic books, posters, trading cards and stickers that show Garfield and friends tackling cyber safety issues such as privacy, the dangers of posting online, online etiquette, cyberbullying, and more.