Google teaches school kids about online safety

We're living in a new era with the Web at our fingertips. It’s essential that our children be surrounded by influential individuals —parents and teachers, to educate them about online safety.

As a digital marketing consultant, I’m always speaking at conferences and training small business owners about social media etiquette.  During our conversations we also chat about online safety.  Once in a while I’ve even had opportunity to chat with college students about their own online brand before they take a step into the corporate world.  With more people jumping online and having access to it at all times its time that even elementary schools start providing a class about online safety and etiquette.  In fact, I hear that some schools will be providing free wi-fi to certain communities so children can have access to the web.  That means there has to be some type of safety training for youths to make their own sensible choices on-line.

We’re definitely living in a new era with the Web at our fingertips. It’s essential that our children be surrounded by influential individuals —parents and teachers, to educate them about online safety.  With school out and summer break in, children have extra time to spend on the Web, which would be a great time to introduce Be Internet Awesome by Google: a new way to encourage digital safety and citizenship.

Google is spearheading an academic marketing campaign to show young kids how one can shield themselves from scams, predators and different hassle. This program introduced earlier this month is known as “Be Internet Awesome.” Google coordinated the program with a number of on-line security organizations like the Family Online Safety Institute , the Internet Keep Safe Coalition and Connect Safely .

The lessons are created for children starting from 8 to 12 years old, a time when a lot of these kids are getting their very own smartphones and other devices that connect to the web. To make the experience more enjoyable, Google and its partners developed a game called “Interland” to help teach children about the ins and outs of online safety.  Like a game.

Google is encouraging teachers and other educators to use elements of its program in their classrooms.  Might not be a bad idea for parents to introduce the lessons to their kids before handing over a smartphone or tablet too.

To learn more about the “Be Internet Awesome” program, please visit Google website.

Source Google

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