(NewsNation Now) – As most parents know, teaching kids about safety can be tough, but getting them to play a video game is easy.
Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has just launched two new online games that are part of a series designed to help kids be kind, be respectful, be safe and have fun. .
The company launched Pledge Planets on Messenger Kids, an activity to help children learn to use the internet safely and practice making healthy decisions online.
“So many parents don’t try to teach their children these important lessons until there’s a problem or until there’s something alarming,” Ericka Souter, expert in parenting and author of the book “How to Have a Child and a Life: A Survival Guide,” said during an appearance on “Morning in America.”
“What we need to do is kind of get there early on and start teaching them early on what’s okay,” she said. “These are really important core life skills.”
Meta has already rolled out its first episode, “Be Kind,” to all locations where Messenger Kids is available, with new episodes focusing on other promises to come.
In “Be Kind”, there are two games, Rough Reviews and Order Up, where players are introduced to the owner of a sandwich shop. Through both games, children learn and practice acting kindness as players must help match the correct response online to customer reviews.
Souter has already tried Rough Reviews with his youngest son.
“He looks at it and tries to learn what’s okay and what’s not, what’s right and what’s not,” she said. “And it’s at that age where those lessons are really important.
In Order Up, players build a virtual sandwich by selecting emojis that best suit a customer’s mood.
“One really amazing thing about this app and the way it was created is that they used youth counselors, internet safety experts and parenting experts to make sure that kids were getting the best learning tool possible,” Souter said.
While kids are just looking for entertainment, parents are sneaking in on online safety training, it’s really just a spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down.
Watch the full interview with Ericka Souter in the video player at the top of the page.