New Google programme may help kids fight trolls, hackers

Google to teach school kids about online safety, etiquette

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.

The program was developed in partnership with the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, ConnectSafely, and the Family Online Safety Institute.

"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, Vice President of the Engineering for kids and families, said in a Google blogpost on Tuesday.

Aimed at kids aged from eight to 12, it deals with online situations that people of all ages may face, including thoughtful sharing, being wary of what or who is fake, general security, internet etiquette, and more. Kids can head over to the Be Internet Awesome site and journey to a place called "Interland", where they'll "embark on a quest to become a fearless explorer of the online world".

Google is encouraging parents check it out and share it with their kids.

Just in time for summer break, a new initiative from Google aims to teach kids in a fun way how to stay safe online.

Reality River, the first world of the web-based game, requires players to answer questions about online safety to cross it. Teachers are also encouraged to download the curriculum for their classrooms. Thanks to this outside help, the company says its lesson plans, activities and worksheets meet the International Society for Technology in Education's Standards for Students. To help make starting the conversation easier, we teamed up with a group of YouTube creators, including John Green, the What's Inside?

According to Google, Be Internet Awesome will focus on topics that are relevant to all ages, despite being a programed designed for kids.

We've put a link to "Be Internet Awesome" with this article.

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