How do I stay safe online?
Island Saver introduces your child to some of the ways they can protect themselves and their identities when going online. They will begin to understand the importance of setting strong passcodes as a way of verifying their identity when purchasing goods from Pigby’s store and when using other banking services throughout the game.
Choosing a strong passcode
At the beginning of Island Saver your child will be asked to set a passcode – this will be used to confirm their identity throughout the game. Explain that the passcode in Island Saver is similar to having a PIN in real life, which allows you to withdraw money from a cash machine or to use chip and PIN services. Together think of some passcodes that your child could use in the game – they should be difficult for others to guess and also memorable to them so that they don’t forget it.
Padlock symbol: There should be a padlock in the address bar next to the website address.
Website address: This should start with https:// – the ‘s’ stands for secure.
Green address bar: When a browser has an extended validation certificate that proves it’s secure, the address bar will turn green.
Valid certificate: If you click the padlock symbol or just to the left of the address bar, you should see information on the site certificate. This should tell you who has registered the site. If you get a warning about a certificate, avoid the website.
Step outside the game
Brief your child to design a ‘top 3 tips’ poster for the Savvy Islands explaining how to stay safe online. Encourage them to include pictures of their favourite Island Saver characters too. When you’re next purchasing an item online, ask them to point out all the security features that protect you online.