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Google has launched the Be Internet Awesome programme to educate children about internet safety in October, regarding the month as ‘National Bullying Prevention Month’ . The program will help the students at learning, exploring, and staying safe online.
For the mission, Google has collaborated with Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe.org), Connect Safely and Family Online Safety Institute.
Our favorite rule is the #GoldenRule! With the #BeInternetAwesome curriculum, teach your students to treat others the way they'd wish to be treated online, and off. https://t.co/MN10mHZDur #ItsCoolToBeKind #NationalBullyingPreventionMonth 💚 pic.twitter.com/PtYul8LflU
— Google For Education (@GoogleForEdu) October 3, 2018
Google has devised five fundamental lessons on digital safety under the Be Internet Awesome mission-
Along with lessons for students from third grade to sixth grade, a cartoon game, ‘Interland’ has also been designed to help students guard against cybercrime.
The cartoon game comes with Google’s logo with the character in blue, red, yellow and green colour palette and four different levels for the first four fundamental lessons.
According to Google’s site description, the game will also boost their confidence in the outer world.
For #NationalBullyingPreventionMonth encourage students to be upstanders by speaking up against and reporting online bullying. https://t.co/SxMKi4MIji #BeInternetAwesome #ItsCoolToBeKind 💚 pic.twitter.com/nWGrtC9BZA
— Google For Education (@GoogleForEdu) October 11, 2018
The mountainous town centre, ‘Mindful Mountain’ of Interland is a place where students mingle with each other. In the game, the student must be very careful while sharing information on internet. This level is the part of the first lesson in the curriculum.
In the level 2, Google delivers an animated world in which children explore spammers, hackers and other bad actors in the “Reality River”.
Pass this #NationalBullyingPreventionMonth tip on to your students: Stop the spread of harmful or untrue messages by not passing them on to others. https://t.co/SxMKi4MIji #BeInternetAwesome #ItsCoolToBeKind 💚 pic.twitter.com/pRSv4zOh8x
— Google For Education (@GoogleForEdu) October 17, 2018
Apart from the ‘Reality River’ and the ‘Mindful Mountain’, the game offers two other levels- ‘Kind Kingdom’ and ‘Tower of Treasure’.
The Tower of Treasure exposes valuable information of the student like contact info and private messages. The player has to defeat the hacker and build a fortress with strong passwords to secure the secrets.
The last level of the game offers a sunniest corner of town where aggressors spread negativity everywhere. Students have to stop the negativity by blocking and reporting the aggressors to restore the peaceful nature of the kingdom.
Adventure Awaits! Teach your students how to spread 💚 & kindness by visiting the Kind Kingdom in Interland. This #BeInternetAwesome online game provides lessons on teaching kindness, and motivates students to be upstanders in their community! https://t.co/bVl5DDGhwv pic.twitter.com/7rSFLCZMRk
— Google For Education (@GoogleForEdu) October 7, 2018
Encourage students to help a peer in need by reporting bullying behavior to an adult. For activities to help #StopBullying in & outside the classroom, try the #ItsCoolToBeKind lessons starting on p.46 of the #BeInternetAwesome curriculum: https://t.co/CBaQ7B86Yu pic.twitter.com/IzHdS9XkZC
— Google For Education (@GoogleForEdu) October 19, 2018
The educator will have to visit the official website of the Be Internet Awesome for obtaining the tools and resources of the programme.
The PDF of the Be Internet Awesome curriculum contains lessons, activities, vocabulary words and worksheets on the five fundamental digital lessons.
On the website, the cartoon game ‘Interland’ is also available which helps learning about digital safety through different levels. Students have to complete at least one of the four levels individually.
After completion of the chosen level of the game which is the last activity of every lesson, the student gets a personalized certificate.