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FBI.gov is an official site of the U.S. government, U.S. Department of Justice
Note for returning teachers: The FBI-SOS backend system for managing classes—along with the student exam on sos.fbi.gov—have been redesigned using new technology. The functionality remains the same. Please refer to the updated Teacher’s Guide for a complete explanation.
After your information has been verified, you will receive an email with a unique web link to manage your class, along with further instructions. It is important to save the link for future management of your classes. The link never expires, so you do not need to register for FBI-SOS every year.
Once registered, you can create classes and a test key for each student. The FBI does not store any information on students, so it is your responsibility to create the test keys and keep track of which one you assigned to each student.
Ask your students to navigate through the various games and activities in their grade-appropriate island. When students complete the last activity, they can click the “Take the Test” surfboard to take the exam. At this point, students should be certain they are ready to complete the exam, as it may only be taken once. To take the test, students will enter the key that you assigned to them. The exam must be completed in 30 minutes or less. Finishing the exam more quickly produces a higher score.
Right after the test is taken, a temporary webpage shows each student his or her score and any questions answered incorrectly. Teachers can ask students to print and save this webpage; teachers can also view or request the exam results in the class management system.
Once all students in a class have finished the test, click the “Grade Exam” button to tabulate the results. The overall scores for each school are compared with the results of other schools nationwide with similar classroom sizes as part of a national monthly competition. Categories are based on the number of students from each school who took the test: Starfish is 1-50 participants; Stingray is 51-100 participants; and Shark is 100+ participants. The 10 highest scores in each of these categories during the month can be viewed on the leaderboard.
Other than what is displayed on the leaderboard, the FBI does not keep or distribute the rankings of schools nationwide. The leaderboard resets at the end of each month.
The top-scoring school in each participation category nationwide every month is awarded an FBI-SOS certificate. Teachers from winning schools are also sent certificates that they can print and distribute to each student. There are no participation certificates for non-winning schools or students. When possible, the winning school in each category will receive a visit from a local FBI special agent.
The SOS website can be visited at any time in the classroom or at home, and students can work at their own pace in completing the island activities. The activities do not need to be completed in one sitting. However, because of federal regulations governing tracking technologies and other issues, the FBI is not able to save a student’s progress on the site beyond a single session.
While the FBI-SOS website is accessible all year, the testing and competition only operate from September 1 through May 31. There is no testing during the summer months.
The goal of FBI-SOS is to promote cyber citizenship and help students learn about online safety while engaging in fun, interactive games. The program was designed to address current Internet safety threats while keeping each grade level's online usage and knowledge in mind. We hope that you find the program beneficial and that your students use the information to make themselves safer digital citizens.
Help Taylor the Bird ride the waves and stay on her surfboard. If you get enough correct responses, Taylor will reach the beach. If you get too many answers wrong, the surfboard will break, and Taylor will have to start over.
Protect yourself online by reading the safety tips and picking the best answer in each of the five areas. A correct answer will close the lock.
Taylor needs your help to cross six rivers. Click the platform pieces to turn them in any direction. Keep turning the different pieces until you create a bridge all the way across the river. Taylor will lead you to an online safety question at the end of each bridge.
Pick the right response to keep your computer healthy. If you pick the wrong answer, the computer will start to get sick. If you get too many incorrect, you will have to start over!
Find and click the six hidden gold coins. Read the digital citizenship lesson that appears for each coin and pick the correct answer to fill up your treasure chest.
Click and drag to find a word Once selected, the word's definition will show up here.
Find the cyber safety words by highlighting the correct letters. The words may go in any direction (up, down, backward, diagonal, etc.). Then, read the word's definition at the top of the screen.
Create a match by dragging the fish to the correct phrase. A right answer will turn black and show a gold coin.