Launch of C-Quest - A Mobile App Game to Promote Conversations About Cyber Wellness Between Parents and Children

Published Date: 18 September 2014 12:00 AM

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1.Parents can now download a new mobile game app, C-Quest, and have conversations on cyber wellness with their children. Developed by the Ministry of Education and targeted at parents with children aged 10 to 14, C-Quest is specially designed to facilitate meaningful parent-child conversations on their online experiences. Through the game, students will also learn to be safe, respectful, and responsible users of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

2.Players can begin the game by choosing one of the three Cyber Navigators for their C-Quest to explore the cyber seas. The three Cyber Navigators are:

  • Master over Technology - to be captains of their own lives and not to be enslaved to technology and mobile gadgets;

  • Protector - to watch out for one another, as protectors, and be safe online; and

  • Relationship-Builder - to build positive relationships online, to avoid sparking unnecessary conflicts which would end up hurting others and one self.

3.To complete the cyber quest, children will converse with their parents and answer questions related to cyber wellness to earn stars and collect accessories and equipment for their Cyber Navigators. Where opinions differ, the game provides opportunities for the players to talk about their differences and understand how others may feel or think. The game also provides useful tips to the players to manage their online activities. (Please refer to Annex A for examples of questions and useful tips in the game)

4.Deputy Director-General of Education (Curriculum), Mr Wong Siew Hoong said, “Parents play a critical role in shaping their children’s values, as well as in guiding their online behavior, and monitoring their computer use. Through playing the game with their children, MOE hopes that the app will serve as a tool to encourage conversations between parents and their children on cyber wellness.”

5.C-Quest, in facilitating conversation between parents and their children, complements the Cyber Wellness curriculum in schools, where cyber wellness based on the principles of “Respect for Self and Others” and “Safe and Responsible Use” of technology are taught through Citizenship and Character Education (CCE) to reinforce the positive values and social emotional competencies needed for our students to navigate the cyber space skilfully and safely.

6.‘C-Quest’ is available for download from today on the android platform, Google Play. The iOS version will be ready by 1 Nov 2014. Parents can also look out for cyber wellness tips posted on MOE’s Cyber Wellness Portal and the MOE Parents in Education portal.

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