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.
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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.
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.