Be Internet Awesome is New Google Game, Teaching Kids to Be Safe Online
EPF Last Update: June 11, 2017
An Innovative, Exciting New Program!
Google have recently released a great new program “Be Internet Awesome” which is taking the digital community by storm. The program is designed to help young kids in grades 3 to 5 be smart, alert and safe online.
Google said: Internet safety is one of the most critical the next generation will face. So we want to teach kids to be Internet Awesome.
They worked together with experts in digital safety to ensure that every aspect of the program addresses what families and educators need to know.
It is normal today that the Internet is accessed by children at a much young age than a few years ago. Google wanted to ensure that the first use of the Internet by young kids was safe and enjoyable.
Be Internet Awesome is designed with various learning fields available, such as resources which teachers can use in class, videos that parents can watch with their kids, and activities that kids can enjoy on their own.
Google is keen and hopeful that both schools and parents get involved in the program.
News, good and bad, travels like wildfire on the Internet, and parents need to be sure that their kids know how to cope online, especially if something disturbs them. The principles stated in Be Internet Awesome is an excellent yardstick for both parents and teachers to use when teaching them how to behave online.
The Be Internet Awesome program has 5 main goals, which is part of the pledge teachers, parents and kids are required to sign:
Be Internet Smart: Share with care. Always think carefully about what you share with others, and sensitive information, such as home address, and keep other people’s business to yourself.
Be Internet Alert: Don’t fall for fake. Be on the alert for phishing and scams which seem too good to be true, and if you are concerned, report suspicious activity
Be Internet Strong: Keep your secrets safe. Take responsibility for your own private information by creating strong, unique passwords, like those with characters, numbers and symbols. Never give your passwords to anyone.
Be Internet Kind: It’s cool to be kind. Be positive always, and use the skills you have learned to block, and report negative behaviors or reports of bullying.
Be Internet Brave: When in doubt, talk it out. Have the courage to speak out to a trusted person if you notice any bad behavior, and other things which make you feel uncomfortable. It takes bravery and courage to be safe when exploring the online world.
These goals can teach kids to make smart decisions if they find themselves in difficult situations, which may have lasting negative effects on young minds. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the basics of responsible digital behavior as they venture into the Internet.
The Showpiece of the Be Internet Awesome Game
To help kids learn the lessons in a way that is fun, absorbing, and engaging, Google created an interactive, online game called INTERLAND. It’s free, web-based, easily accessible, and in a format that kids love and are familiar with.
It focuses on an imaginary world of four lands, where players combat hackers, phishers, over-sharers, and bullies, which will give them the chance to practise the skills they need to be good digital citizens.
Here are some aspects of the Interland game:
In the Tower of Treasure, players need to outwith the hacker and build an untouchable password.
Mindful Mountain includes certain tasks and questions designed to avoid over-sharing of personal details such as names and addresses of friends and family, and even medical records.
In Kind Kingdom, a player must block and report cyberbullies to stop them spreading negativity.
Reality River is full of dark water where a phisher is lurking, just waiting to deceive and attack. Kids need to use their best judgement skills to avoid the danger.
The game is immersive in that it actively engages the senses so that attention is retained for the duration of the play, and because the senses are engaged, the actions and lessons are better retained in the player’s memory.
Children and Identity Theft
Do you know these facts?
70% of children who are victimized end up with fraudulent credit accounts or loans in their name.
18% of children end up with a utility bill in their name.
5% of children victims are targeted through mortgages, foreclosures, and other types of real estate fraud.
4% of children are defrauded for the purpose of creating fake driver’s licenses, whether for employment, financial fraud, or otherwise.
2% of children find themselves being the unsuspecting victim of vehicle registration fraud by organized crime circles and devoted criminals.
In fact kids are a great target for identity theft. That is why we at ElitePersonalFinance work very hard to help parents understand these problems and act fast.
Meaningful conversations which give advice, are not always successful with children. They often do not quite understand, and are prone to grow bored and edgy. It is also difficult for parents broach sensitive subjects with their kids, especially those pertaining to the Internet.
To make the conversation easier, the Be Internet Awesome program is also an excellent tool to help parents reinforce lessons about Internet safety, and appropriate online behavior.
Some tips for parents to help keep their kids safe on line.
Encourage the kids to consider carefully before posting, as once clicked it cannot be reversed.
Show them how to turn on privacy settings and protect personal information.
Explain that it is always best to treat others online as they would want to be treated.
When laying down the laws for the kids, try to be a role model when it comes to your own digital habits.
What It Is All About!
It is all about the safety of the kids in the ever-advancing digital age in which we live. Without guidance, with so many negative, damaging things on the Internet, our kids could grow up to be cyber monsters.
Google’s innovative Be Internet Awesome program, and the dedication of teachers, educators, and parents, will go a long way to ensuring that our young kids learn to be responsible, caring online citizens.
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