LITTLE ROCK, AR — Today, LISA Academy West Elementary in Little Rock, Arkansas, received the national FBI Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) Internet Challenge award. Led by Computer Science professor Vickie Carroll, LISA Academy students achieved a composite score of 95.33% to win the March 2022 award in the Starfish category. For the month of March 2022, a record 173,011 students from 2,086 schools in all 50 states and all U.S. territories participated in the FBI-SOS Internet Challenge.
“The impressive accomplishment achieved by the students and teachers at LISA Academy West Elementary is a strong reflection of Little Rock and the entire state of Arkansas,” said James A. Dawson, FBI Little Rock Special Agent in Charge. “We hope Arkansas students and teachers will continue to learn about online safety through our SOS program.”
“Educating students about online safety is extremely important to us at LISA Academy West Elementary,” said Vickie Carroll. “Our students have taken several online Internet safety courses to train and prepare for the FBI-SOS competition. They were thrilled to learn that they had placed first in the contest and were even more excited to meet real FBI agents! »
FBI-SOS is a free initiative designed to educate students in grades three through eight about cybersecurity. All public, private and home schools can participate in this entertaining and educational year-round web-based program. The website features six grade-specific “islands” that students can visit. Each island includes games, videos, and interactive features that address personal information protection, password strength, cell phone security, social media, and online gaming security. The videos also include real-life stories of children who have encountered cyberbullies and online predators.
Each month of the school year, schools compete for the national prize in one of three categories determined by the number of participating students from each school: Starfish (5-50 entrants); Stingray (51-100); and shark (100+). Children and adults of all ages can explore the site, play the games, watch the videos and learn about cybersecurity. However, the competition can only be taken by students in grades three through eight whose lessons have been recorded by their teachers.
The FBI-SOS Internet Challenge was developed with the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children with input from teachers and schools across America. Visit the FBI-SOS website at sos.fbi.gov for more information or contact the FBI’s Little Rock Office Community Outreach Specialist at (501) 221-9100.