With “Be Internet Awesome,” a new online program launched by Google today, the tech giant is aiming to teach kids internet harassment, phishing, and other safety-related issues.
“As a parent, I’m constantly talking with my two daughters about how they use the Internet. The way they use it to explore, create and learn inspires me to do my best work at Google, where I lead a team making products that help families and kids have positive experiences online. But for kids to really make the most of the web, we need more than just helpful products: We need to provide guidance as they learn to make their own smart decisions online,” Pavni Diwanji Vice President of Engineering for Kids and Families said in a blog post.
The new program, which was developed with help from teachers, YouTube videographers, internet safety and literacy organizations, and resources, includes classroom curriculum and a video game called Interland.
According to Google, Be Internet Awesome will focus on topics that are relevant to all ages, despite being a programed designed for kids. Some of its sections include how to limit sharing personal information with people on the internet, how to avoid falling for scam, creating strong passwords, and avoiding negative behavior online. Google has also designed an online pledge that students can sign.
Parents and guardians too are not left out of the program as Google has designed Be Internet Awesome in a way to have them contribute in making kids safety-conscious online. “Families can reinforce important lessons at home by signing the Be Internet Awesome Pledge to stay smart, alert, strong, kind and brave online.”
Of course, this couldn’t have been possible without the assistance of some partners that added professional touches to Be Internet Awesome.
“We partnered with the Internet Keep Safe Coalition and educators across the country to create a classroom curriculum that brings the five principles of being Internet Awesome to life, at school. To practice being Internet Alert, for example, students can work together to identify whether websites and emails contain signs of a phishing attempt. The lesson plans, activities and worksheets align with the International Society for Technology in Education’s Standards for Students, which educators look toward to define skills for safe and positive action online,” Diwanji said.
Google is contributing its own quota towards making the internet safe for everyone—and feels that the best way to go about it is to start with the younger ones. By educating the younger ones and getting them informed of certain risks online, it [Google] is creating awareness.
A couple of weeks back, Google Docs suffered a massive phishing attack that affected some of its users. Some users reportedly received suspicious emails from scammers, which came in form of an email attachment.
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