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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Be Internet Awesome by google-To protect kids from scams, predators and other trouble online.

Google is spearheading an educational campaign to teach pre-teen children how to protect themselves from scams, predators and other trouble online.
The program announced Tuesday is called "Be Internet Awesome." which includes an educational classroom curriculum and a fun, informative video game called Interland. Google coordinated the curriculum with several online safety groups, including the Family Online Safety Institute, the Internet Keep Safe Coalition and Connect Safely
The lessons are tailored for kids ranging from 8 to 12 years old The game "Interland" helps teach children about online harassment, reporting inappropriate content, how to spot scams, phishing and more.
Teachers can even use the game in the classroom as part of The classroom curriculum which includes lesson plans, activities, and key discussion points about digital citizenship, along with short quizzes to measure learning. Even adults need some of these lessons.

What does the educational programme do?

The program educates on topics relevant to all age groups, focusing on the following areas:

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

Is this important?

In the past, a UK study published in the Journal of Pediatrics interviewed 515 British adolescents and their parents about internet filters and their success. The study found that teens with filters enabled still had their fair share of bad online experiences, ranging from being contacted by strangers to password/identity theft.
In short, certain internet restrictions are not consistently effective and simply filtering content doesn't always work. Perhaps Google thought instead of continuing to limit usage, it would be better to start educating children at a young age — in a way that interests them — on how to maturely manage and navigate the vast black hole of terrifying and ridiculous content that is the internet.


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