FBI recognizes 2 SW, central Virginia schools in internet challenge

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Two southwest Virginia schools are being recognized by FBI Richmond for their participation in the FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) Internet Challenge.

The principals of Floyd Elementary School in Floyd and Linkhorn Middle School in Lynchburg were recognized for the work teachers and students did during the challenge. It has students in grades three through eight help in the recognition of online dangers and appropriate responses. Students will participate in grade-specific material, scavenger hunts, games, and quizzes.

The program started in 2021 as a way for Virginia teachers to incorporate cyber security into their existing curriculums. According to the FBI there were over 1.5 million students and 18,622 schools that used the program during the 2021-22 school year.

The FBI plans to reopen the challenge in September for the 2022-23 school year. If you want to participate, a teacher or administrator must register their school on the website.

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