Through the Wild Web Woods
In 2007, the Council of Europe designed an online game "Through the Wild Web Woods" to help children learn basic Internet safety rules. The game used familiar fairy tales to guide children through a maze of potential dangers on the way to the fabulous e-city Komet, while teaching them how to protect identity and personal data, participate safely in chat rooms, recognise sites and online games containing harmful content, develop a critical approach towards information found on the Internet, and protect their computers against spam and viruses. The game also promoted such key concepts and values underlying the work of the Council of Europe as democracy, respect for others and children’s rights. The game, mainly for children between 7 and 10, was very popular and was translated into 25 languages.
The game was accompanied by the Teachers guide in order to assist educators in helping children to use the Internet safely and responsibly. The guide was structured in eight lessons which provided educators with explanations, tips and practical exercises for children on topics such as managing online identity, learning about children’s rights, how much time they should spend online, privacy and security.
The game was developed using Adobe Flash technology which is no longer supported by main internet providers. As a result, the game is not accessible anymore.