Google has stepped up its efforts to tackle trolls, bullies, hackers and phishing on the Internet by starting an initiative to educate kids related to the usage of the internet, helping them make better and smart decisions online.
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Google has announced the ‘Be Internet Awesome‘ educational programme that is designed to teach students about various internet security methods.
The programme includes a video game called Interland and a curriculum for schools.
Google has developed the curriculum in collaboration with online safety experts like ConnectSafely, Family Online Safety Institute and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition.
“For kids to really make the most of the web, we need to provide guidance as they learn to make their own smart decisions online,” Pavni Diwanji, VP of Engineering for Kids and Families, writes.
Google has designed this programme keeping in mind that the current generation of school goers were born in the era of internet, and as much important it’s to teach them to be a good citizen offline, it’s equally important to educate them about online behaviour and safety.
The ‘Be Internet Awesome’ programme includes the following topics in the curriculum, talking about five major principles of online safety:
Be Internet Smart: Share with care
Be Internet Alert: Don’t fall for fake
Be Internet Strong: Secure your secrets
Be Internet Kind: It’s cool to be kind
Be Internet Brave: When in doubt, talk it out
“The program includes a range of specific resources for kids, educators and parents, so everyone has the tools they need to learn and participate in the conversation,” Diwanji adds.
The company has also released Interland, a free to play web-based video game, which helps kids learn how to combat hackers, phishers, oversharers and bullies in an environment that is interactive and fun.
In order to help kids learn even better, it’s important to have a similar culture being followed at their homes. Towards this end, Google has also started a video series ‘that makes talking about online safety fun and accessible’.