Ditto the Monster looks at the world of family friendly online games from a Fabricated American perspective

Keep your information safe online!

Mister Crimp offers Chip ten thousand points to his favorite online game – but there’s a catch! He’s asking Chip for his account information and other personal info, which isn’t safe! Ten thousand game points is very tempting – will Chip do the right thing?

Chip and Mister Crimp – keep your information safe online.

Remember – never share your personal information online, especially with people you don’t know – that’s things like account info, home address, phone number, age, what school you go to, or even what sports teams you play on. If someone you don’t know is trying to get information from you, even if it seems ‘safe’ or it seems like it’s for a really good reason, be safe and say no – log off, report them, block them, or tell a grownup.

Transcript:

Scene 1 – Chip is minding his own business. Mister Crimp pops up behind him.

Mr. Crimp: Hey there pal… I’ve seen you on the forums – you’re into that new free to play game, aren’t you?

Chip (startled): Oh yeah, I love it, I play it every day. It’s a lot of fun!

Mr. Crimp: I know it’s a lot of fun, I play too.. but isn’t it a drag to play without points?

Chip: Well, you can do a lot more with those points, but I don’t have a lot of money… and it’s still lots of fun for free.

Mr. Crimp: Well, what if I told you I had a code for ten thousand points that I could give you?

Chip: Ten thousand? I could get a mount AND a house with that many points, and still have plenty left over for potions! I’d love that!

Mr. Crimp: Well I’ll send the code right over, then…

Chip: Wait – why would you send me that many points? I don’t even know you.

Mr. Crimp: Well, it’s a new promotion, that’s all. Totally legit, I swear. What’s your login information, I’ll send the code over.

Chip: Well, I’m not supposed to give that out…

Mr. Crimp: That’s right, of course not – that’s very safe of you! I could email it – oh but email isn’t secure either, someone could intercept the code. How about I just mail you the code, like in an envelope? It will only take a couple days, and that way you’re sure to get it, and your account information is perfectly safe… (Looks at camera) Heh heh heh….

Chip: Well, I don’t know….

Scene Change – Ditto looking at the camera

Ditto: Chip is in a tricky situation here, isn’t he? He knows he should be safe, but ten thousand points for his favorite online game is a lot, and it’s very tempting. Mr. Crimp is very persuasive too – see how he agrees with Chip and says that giving out his account information isn’t safe, and then says email isn’t secure either, leading him to ask for Chip’s home address, as if that’s the smartest thing?

Sometimes, especially in online games, we don’t think about where people really are in the world – since we play with people all over the country, or all over the world, we don’t often think that the people we’re chatting with could actually be local, even right next door. While Mr. Crimp’s offer to mail the valuable code to Chip might sound like a good idea, giving out any kind of personal information – your account information, your age, address, phone number, what school you go to, what sports team you play on, or anything like that – is NEVER safe, and never a good idea. If someone is trying to get you to give them your personal information, no matter how innocent is sounds or how good a deal it might be, don’t do it – log off, block them, break off the chat, or tell a grownup. Be smart and stay safe!

Let’s see what Chip does now:

Scene Change – back to Chip and Mr. Crimp

Chip: No, I’m sorry, I can’t give you that – it wouldn’t be safe to give out personal information to someone I don’t know. Besides, I don’t really trust you – you look like you’re made of pure evil.

Mr. Crimp: I am not – it’s more like a 50/50 Cotton / Evil blend, really… and what’s this, I have two codes, ten thousand points each… they can both be yours.

Chip: I’m sorry, I have to go now…. (chip hurries away)

Mr. Crimp (To camera): What about you – would YOU like some points? Bwahahahaha

One response

  1. Allison Deathwielder

    I liked it. I think it would especially be helpful to little kids that play this game, and dont yet know better.

    April 22, 2012 at 3:48 am

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