The Federal Trade Commission today announced a new game that quizzes players on their online social networking practices and offers tips to help keep kids and teens safe online. The game, “Buddy Builder,” is available in English and Spanish.
In the game, players move through different rounds by correctly reacting to common requests found on social networking sites. For example:
Accept or Deny: It’s me, your Uncle John! Thanks for the link – Aunt Mary and I love your page… can you add us to your buddy list?
When players accept, they are advised: Yes, this is a fairly safe bet (assuming you actually had an Uncle John and Aunt Mary, and you invited them to visit your page!) If you’re at all unsure, why not call or e-mail him to check?
Accept or Deny: Wazzup? I think I know U – send me your pic (in swimsuit, pls!)?
When players deny, they are advised: Good thinking. Consider not posting your photo online – not only could it be altered in embarrassing ways, but do you really want strangers to know what you look like?
The quiz is one of several offered by OnGuardOnline, a multimedia, interactive consumer education campaign launched by the FTC and a partnership of other federal agencies and the technology industry.