Garfield teaching kids about cyber safety

Garfield the Cat, with Snuggle the Bear behind, floats down Broadway in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 23, 1989. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)

U.S. (KXAN) — Cyber security experts are trying to help kids learn how to safely use the Internet with a lovable cartoon.

Garfield creator Jim Davis partnered with the Cyber Safety Center to write scripts for the videos and comic books. They will use the famous cartoon cat and the rest of the comic cast to teach kids how to stay safe online.

“The kids are giving out their phone numbers to strangers. They’re contacting strangers online. It’s shocking and it’s a very dangerous situation,” said cyber safety and education expert Patrick Craven.

Officials say they wanted to get the safety messages out now, before kids open their electronic Christmas gifts.

“To put it into a big orange cat makes it easier to understand and, in a way, entertaining as well in order to keep the kids engaged as they’re learning this,” said Davis.