Free Google Guide to Talk About Internet Safety for Children

Tips to face false news, recommendations to create a secure password and strategies to support a victim of bullying are some of the reflections that are part of the strategy ‘Be great on the internet’, an initiative of the technology giant Google, in collaboration with experts in digital citizenship such as I Keep Safe, who wants to reach classrooms with tools to improve the safety of minors online in Colombia and the region.

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The idea is that children begin to be more critical of what they see and read on the internet, while inviting them to be responsible for what is shared.

“We are not only consumers, but generators of content on the internet. For that reason we must be responsible for not contributing to the dissemination of wrong information or that can be misunderstood, ”explains Margarita Abella, specialist in education to users in Digital Security of the Department of Trust and Security of Google.

Tips to face false news, recommendations to create a secure password and strategies to support a victim of bullying are some of the reflections that are part of the strategy ‘Be great on the internet’, an initiative of the technology giant Google, in collaboration with experts in digital citizenship such as I Keep Safe, who wants to reach classrooms with tools to improve the safety of minors online in Colombia and the region.

The idea is that children begin to be more critical of what they see and read on the internet, while inviting them to be responsible for what is shared.

“We are not only consumers, but generators of content on the internet. For that reason we must be responsible for not contributing to the dissemination of wrong information or that can be misunderstood, ”explains Margarita Abella, specialist in education to users in Digital Security of the Department of Trust and Security of Google.

Interland is the interactive web game that Google developed to address the themes of Be Great on the Internet

The guide, initially launched in 2018, was recently updated on the occasion of World Safe Internet Day (February 11). As a novelty, it included five original activities aimed at addressing misinformation.

The booklet, which is open for consultation of parents and teachers, uses pedagogical strategies aligned with the standards of the Iste (International Society for Technology in Education) and the AASL (American Association of School Librarians) to facilitate the treatment of topics of Cybersecurity and digital citizenship in classrooms. As far as they are active, only through agreements with Ministries of Education, the initiative has reached more than 2.5 million children in the world.

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According to Abella, this initiative became necessary among Google’s educational efforts following studies in which they found that fathers and mothers have concerns about the type of content their children see on the internet and that the average age at which a child begins To navigate on your own device is between 9 and 10 years.

“This is an era of much information and much misinformation. We have been making several efforts in this area within Google, but we realized the need to include the subject with examples and in a clearer language that children can understand. ”

While the talks with entities of the National Government are advancing to think about adopting the program in the country’s schools, as Chile did with an agreement between Google and the Ministry of Education, those interested can access the material on the website https: /

On this site, children can explore the themes of the plan through a video game called Interland. In a 2D world, a small Internet user meets other colleagues, and his mission is to send good energies to boost their spirits and advance the worlds.

On the other hand, the site hosts all downloadable materials and the complete program guide.

The booklet, with more than 85 pages, strategy, also includes the need for teachers, who know that it is important to talk about these issues, but they do not have the tools.

The modules are organized with titles like ‘Be brave’, ‘Be smart’, ‘Stay alert’, ‘Stay safe’ and ‘Be kind’. Through activities it is sought that teachers and parents can address five main themes: the care of information, doubt about deception, data protection, good treatment and dialogue with adults.

“Not everything on the internet is true, interesting or useful; It is brave to have critical thinking and ask others, ”he says.

Although the strategy is designed for children between 7 and 12 years, according to Google, some tests have shown positive results in adolescents. The material includes a commemorative diploma to motivate children.

 

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Tips to face false news, recommendations to create a secure password and strategies to support a victim of bullying are some of the reflections that are part of the strategy 'Be great on the internet', an initiative of the technology giant Google, in collaboration with experts in digital citizenship such as I Keep Safe, who wants to reach classrooms with tools to improve the safety of minors online in Colombia and the region.

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