Professor Garfield Online Safety

This Professor Garfield Online Safety app also includes:

Kids are using the Internet more and more, but do they know how to act when someone they meet online asks for personal information or to meet them in person? Give your pupils some strategies for handling situations like these so that they can make safe, well-informed decisions.

3rd - 8th 21st Century Skills 1 Collection 20 Views 8 Downloads
App Overview

Garfield's friend Nermal is about to meet someone in person whom he met online, but he might not be doing the right thing! Professor Garfield teaches Nermal about online safety and tells him what information should be kept from strangers. Users read all about it in the comic strip and test their understanding with the interactive quizzes.

Features:

  • Choose a specific page
  • Review instructions before reading the comic
  • Go to the developer's website (link is incorrect)
  • Read information about the developer
  • Return to the menu at any time by tapping the screen
  • Learn the catchy acronym that represents information that should not be mentioned online
  • Take quizzes that test information retention with a review of the acronym and multiple choice questions
Join for full overview
Instructional Ideas

The Professor Garfield comic strip could easily act as a model for a class project. Either on their own or with a small group, pupils could study the comic and then make their own comic strips about online safety.

Tackle online safety as a class by projecting Professor Garfield and reading the comic together. Kids can come up with silly voices and narrate the dialogue for each character. Discuss the in-app questions, as well as other questions that come up naturally, together.

Classroom Considerations

The website, learninglab.org, does have a video version of this comic strip. The content is exactly the same, users just access it in a different way. After a free trial, members of the site pay an annual fee.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Youngsters will enjoy the comic strip format and interactive quizzes
  • Garfield, a familiar character, provides accurate and useful information about online safety
Cons

  • The website linked on the app is no longer at the listed address; instead you'll need to go to learninglab.org
  • There is not much to the app; however, it is free