Be Internet Awesome with Google’s Interland

Google will be launching an educational platform designed and crafted to teach and educate kids about adult online concerns such as phishing, internet harassment, passwords, and most other internet safety issues.

The program is entitled “Be Internet Awesome” which includes a classroom curriculum and a video game called “Interland.” The people behind the concept includes teachers, Youtube videographers, and internet safety and literacy organizations, and most of the resources available online for free.

Be Internet Awesome takes on internet related topics that cater to a wide range of ages though most of it is geared towards a younger audience.

Tower of Treasure

Many of the bases include how to limit the information you share online, Keeping personal information to yourself, how to avoid falling for scams or phishing attacks, education on creating strong passwords, and avoiding negative behaviour online.

The experience starts with a “Be Internet Awesome Pledge” that students can sign aimed at keeping everyone honest throughout the experience. Google mentions that the program is complaint with International Society for Technology Education standards awarded to programs that promote a range of tech-literate skills.

The ‘course’ traverses a range of quizzes, role-playing activities and abstract exercises. The part that tackles internet information security entitled “Share with Care” creates a dummy social media account where students eliminate information that a parent, employer, or future self might end up regretting in the future or what the student might deem shameful looking forward.

Kind Kingdom

The “Don’t Fall for Fake” module blasts a series of emails and websites to the student leaving him to decide whether its fake or real; and, the “Kind Kingdom” tells kids to avoid responding or reacting to negative or hurtful messages and posts as well as tech them to be responsible and report or block bullies.

Interland, the accompanying video game, emulates the modules as a training ground in an attempt to gamify content. “Mindful Mountain,” for example, asks the player to share specific posts with the corresponding people into a spatial puzzle. Players are tasked to spread positivity in a platforming game by hitting friendly emoticons and”trapping” trolls by pressing the block button.

This is the latest of educational platforms by Google aimed at teaching students about the internet at an early age. Interland and “Be Internet Awesome” goes hand-in-hand with promoting Chromebooks in the classroom to provide virtual reality field trip experiences through Google Cardboard.

There may be bigger challenges on getting the platform to Filipinos – let alone Filipino schools. At the same time it will take efforts from everyone, including the government, to fast-track sending information to as much of our children in a short span of time. We’re sure Google Philippines will have the solution to get the ball rolling should they decide this is a viable form of education for us. What do you think? Let us know at the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @ginuhit.
Watch the trailer below:

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6 thoughts on “Be Internet Awesome with Google’s Interland

  • July 22, 2017 at 11:31 pm
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    This is really good and relevant, now that internet and social media is the number one entertainment for the kids. it is important that they learn how to be responsible in social media. Hope this kind of projects will be disseminated to all.

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  • July 23, 2017 at 7:02 pm
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    This is an awesome platform! I hope this program reaches far and wide in the Philippines; this will be beneficial not just for kids, but also for adults, too.

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  • July 24, 2017 at 3:48 pm
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    This is very nice for kids and adults too (including our nanny) to watch and use this platform online. Homeschooling kids will benefit it most 🙂 Unless schools will allow this to include in their curriculums.

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  • July 27, 2017 at 12:19 pm
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    Wow This is nice for both kids and adults like me. haha I am a blogger but honestly, I am mostly on the writing and not really on the technical side. This will help condition my mind about using technology to my advantage. This would be great for my 4th grader, too. 😀

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  • July 29, 2017 at 5:31 pm
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    Go Google Philippines! Please make this happen coz we badly need it! Though, I’ve already informed my kids, nothing beats proper education. It’s for the good of the next generation!

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  • July 31, 2017 at 4:29 am
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    What a great program for kids. It’s important for them to know about internet safety issues.

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