So you may have heard of the Nigerian Prince who wants you to have his money only if you provide him with your bank details, right? Do you remember how you felt the first time when you got that email? Or what about the lottery scheme, or the US visa scam, or some email that promises to contain content that you’ve been really waiting for?
The internet is a great source of information, however, like all things bright, it does have a dark side too. Scammers are getting smarter, for every scam that has stopped working; there is a new one now. With influx of new users every year, and with more kids than ever using internet, internet isn’t smooth surfing anymore.
And that’s exactly why Google is launching an interactive program for kids called “Be Internet Awesome”.
Google’s attempt to educate Generation Next
As internet keeps getting murkier, Google is attempting a bold new initiative labeled “Be Internet Awesome”. The campaign aims to educate the next generation to use internet in a safe way – a way where it remains a happy place.
The program contains resources for parents and educators, and interactive educational games for kids.
Teachers will be able to access full curriculum created in partnership with the iKeepSafe. Curriculum includes exercises that teach kids to avoid phishing and phony sites and keep their information private. The program is also trying to educate parents with a YouTube video series that will help families talk about complicated issues.
Interland – the game
The core educational resource for the program is a game called “interland”. While it may just be an educational game, it’s tailored in such a manner that they’ll keep the kids interested.
If you have kids, you should hop over to the website and see what your kids say about it. We are told by Google that the game is interesting, but we’d like to see if the kids feel the same or not.
Google plans to continue working on the plan to create more content for both kids and adults.
Google’s Partners for “Be Internet Awesome”
Google partners include
- iKeepSafe: iKeepSafe certifies technology used by children and in educational settings with qualified experts. It is driven to improve transparency around student data privacy
- ConnectSafely: A nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy, and security.
- Family Online Safety Institute: A global nonprofit organization that is aiming to make online worlf safer for kids and families.