Data Detox Game
Game about digital privacy
The Data Detox Game is a seriously fun surfing game for children aged 8 to 12. The game provides a playful prelude to a conversation about digital privacy and is an annual part of Media Literacy Week.
The power of this game
Learning about digital privacy with a serious game
Media literacy is becoming increasingly important, also for young children. How do you teach them in an appealing way that caution and common sense are needed in the online world, so that they are aware of their digital privacy from an early age? With the Data Detox Game! A seriously fun surfing game for children aged 8 to 12 that playfully addresses complex topics, from phishing to internet cookies.
FERS (formerly Library Service Fryslan) came to us with the desire to expand their previously realised ‘Data Detox Kit’ with an educational game for primary school children. While brainstorming with project leader Jeroen de Boer, we started looking for ways to translate difficult issues into the target group’s world of experience. Educational and fun naturally had to go hand in hand.
This is how we tackled it
With children from primary school Op ‘e Trije in Ferwert, we tested the concept game at different stages. Do they like the artwork? How much explanation do the children need and to what extent do they understand the message of the game? (And not unimportantly: do they need an ‘extra boost’?!) The tests ensured that, together with FERS, we arrived at a product that really connects with the target group’s world of experience. Even better: some children could not wait for the launch.
“Tijdens de ontwikkelfase konden we vertrouwen op de expertise van 8D Games en daardoor de vaart maken die nodig was bij dit project.”
This power-up we have realised
In the Data Detox Game, you search, surfing the web, for the treasure of a legendary hacker. But beware, there are other hijackers on the coast! Do you accept all the cookies you come across, purely to stay ahead of your opponents? And do you always disclose personal information when asked? Tip of the hat: the best treasure hunter is the one who knows what ‘s giving away… The Data Detox Game was launched in the 2019 Media Literacy Week. Since then, the game has been played a whopping 246,880 times by Dutch primary school children!