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Digital Compass

Release Date: April 16, 2015

Developer: Common Sense

Learn the fundamentals of digital citizenship through animated choose-your-own-adventure interactive stories.

TOTAL SCORE (PLAYERS):

7.6

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Learn the fundamentals of digital citizenship through Digital Compass, an animated, choose-your-own-adventure game, designed for grades 6-9. Players are invited to explore digital dilemmas, make good (and not-so-good) decisions, and try out possible solutions through stories and mini-games – all without risking their real-world reputations. Digital Compass is a part of an award-winning digital literacy and citizenship curriculum, designed by Common Sense Education.

Platforms:
Web/Online, iOS, Android

Funders:
AT&T, Best Buy Children’s Foundation, The Grable Foundation, The Sherwood Foundation, Bezos Family Foundation, Symantec

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  1. 8
    TheLittleEngine
    Total Game Reviews: 1

    so far good color collaborations and decent looking scenery. Rhondas Dilemma involves being involved in cyberbullying and how to deal with the ups and downs occurrences involved in the situation and I personally think for the set age group this game is aimed towards this is an excellent topic choice to go over. after clicking some choices it brings you to a little game board looking game to play.. I assume its to teach about the right thing to do in a situation or to inform people of different better options. When you pick the answer that shows the right outcome you get points added to your score when you chose the incorrect response you lose points. after this little board game you get a scorecard of how well you did.Breakers dilemma involves insta-fame. basically like most people these days breaker is a boy being recorded doing a talent to post on social media to be seen by people across the globe and be known for something even if its for a few days and gives anyone in the world access to knowing you. he makes his social media public so that he can get more views for his video. eventually strangers nonstop comment on his stuff and nonstop message him and he gets a strange message from someone called his biggest fan to meetup which I would hope anyone would never do unless of course they lacked common knowledge. I could go over every character but so I can keep this somewhat short I’ll do one more character and I have chosen to do Miko’s Dilemma where this character named miko gets in a sticky situation on a new app involving online privacy I personally believe like every other charcters issue I read over this is another good issue to go about teaching the target age group espically in todays society. The first thing it goes over is with privacy terms on websites is about deciding if you should read them and also about passwords. One thing it mentions for you to make a choice on is involving your social security number which is a very important topic to go over.

  2. 8
    Gossamer
    Total Game Reviews: 1

    I played this game solely to review it, and it’s clearly targeted towards tweens, but even as an older teen I found this little game to be engaging. I like the unique character design. The way the characters are styled reminds me of Adventure Time and the Regular Show. I think this game is a phenomenal way to get children thinking about their digital footprint, especially in this day and age where the world so wholly revolves around the internet and interconnectivity. It uses age-appropriate humor and relateable dilemmas to keep players interested. I would like it even better if the individual storylines were longer. Also, the animations are pretty choppy, but that’s a very minor con. Overall, I highly recommend this cute game!

  3. 6
    GMMiller
    Total Game Reviews: 2

    In the game, I really liked the variety of subtopics within the Digital Citizenship category. The content was relevant to the grade level and what is important for learners now.

    One thing I did note was I feel like 3rd-5th grade would benefit with this most. I think 6th graders and above may not stay interested. The characters were a bit basic, in my opinion. Also, when the scenario-based questions popped up, I felt like they were too scripted– very one-sided. The choices were too evident and did not require a lot of critical thinking.

    Overall, a good starter game.

  4. 7
    draculino
    Total Game Reviews: 3

    This game is instructive. Teatching how to use the world wide web playing.

  5. 9
    bkarr00
    Total Game Reviews: 1

    If you are looking for a game on digital citizenship this is an excellent resource. It is important for kids to understand that they must be careful about what they post online. This game makes it fun to learn about internet safety. The interactive videos are great and I love that you can do the stories multiple times to reach different outcomes. The only downside is that the game aspect is only choosing options in the story.

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