The game, titled 'Missing', is an interactive computer program designed to warn parents and children of the dangers of online predators.
The game will have an application that parents can download from a school district’s website onto their home computers. Unfortunately, the program starts next fall, and only across Central Kentucky. A district there spent $300,000 for a new game which follows the adventures of a teen named Zachary Taylor who finds himself in an inappropriate online relationship with someone named Fantasma. Soon Zachary goes missing, and the children must study clues to help find him.
According to Paul Hamann, chief information officer for the Jessamine County school, the game will help students "see how easily they could get drawn into that."
The sad reality is that the children are being solicited and abducted via online games and chat rooms every day and school programs all over the world should spend money on programs like this one.
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'Missing' Teaches Kids About Online Predators
- By: Nika KubiakApr 15, 2009