In a blogpost, the Tech giant Google announced a new educational programme that is especially designed to teach children about internet safety issues such as phishing, internet harassment and passwords.
The programme is called "Be Internet Awesome” and includes a classroom curriculum and a video game called Interland. It includes a variety of specific resources for kids, educators and parents, so that everyone has the tools they need.
Pavni Diwanji, Vice President of the Engineering for kids and families, said in a Google blogpost, "For kids to really make the most of the web, we need to provide guidance as they learn to make their own smart decisions online."
He added "With the ongoing summer break entitles kids more time to spend on the Internet, it's a suitable time to introduce Be Internet Awesome and a new way to encourage digital safety and citizenship".
The programme contains the sections on how to limit sharing personal information with people online, avoid falling for scams or phishing attacks, creating strong passwords, and avoiding negative behavior online as well as has a "Be Internet Awesome Pledge" that the students can sign.
The accompanying video game, Interland behaves like a training tool less and more like a sweetener that could get students interested in the material. Interland also uses a low-poly aesthetic that will be familiar to the users of Daydream virtual reality (VR).
It includes a range of specific resources for kids, educators and parents, so everyone has the tools they need to learn and participate in the conversation.
The programme was developed in association with online safety experts like the ConnectSafely, Family Online Safety Institute and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition.
"Be Internet Awesome" is the latest in Google's string of educational programmes, which rworks in the direction of promoting Chromebooks in the classroom and offering virtual reality field trips through Google Cardboard.
The programme is compliant with International Society for Technology in Education standards, awarded to programs that promote a range of tech-savvy skills.