It is common for parents to ensure that their children are secured at all times. Often, parents are fond of advising their children on matters relating to the world, on how to be well-behaved, how to interact with others by avoiding strangers, precautions to take in case of any occurrence of an accident or unexpected event. I am sure this has helped shape our lives in one way or another we always give gratitude to our parents for their great parenting. Salute to all parents. The guidelines given mostly pertains to the offline part of our life.
With the rapid evolution of technology, children now have internet access at all times from the time they are young. Parents are ever cautious on what children are accessing online and some if not most can attest to having searched on ways to incorporate parenting control using applications, to what their children can have access to online and also going to the extent of trying to monitor how secure the children are through the interactions they make online.. The question remains how can we impact great parenting online?
Google has solved the question by introducing a new school curriculum that teaches children on how to identify any case of a security threat online. This is to enable students become smart, positive and kind online as Pavni Diwanji VP of Engineering for Kids and Families refers to it. The school curriculum was developed by google in collaboration with online safety companies like Internet Keep Safe Coalition, Connect Safely and Family Online Safety Institute.
The curriculum focuses on five major lessons. These lessons are:-
Be Internet Alert: Don’t fall for fake This can be implemented by students analyzing signs of phishing or pharming within a website
Be Internet Strong: Students learn to secure their secrets like accounts online to prevent hacking into their accounts.
Be Internet Kind: Students learn how to interact with others kindly especially across social networks and mediums.
Be Internet Smart: Students learn how to share with care.
Be Internet Brave: Students are taught on how to react in case they notice anything absurd while online and are advised to speak out about anything that seems fishy to them.
We all love visualized learning as it helps content to be understood much easily and to be retained within the memory longer. Google is amazing, it has made it even more possible for students to become internet awesome also outside the school curriculum by introducing a game known as Interland that enables students enhance their skills in becoming internet awesome.
Parents have also not been left out within Google’s new curriculum “be internet awesome”. Children can be difficult to control and communicate with at times especially as they near teenage hood, especially on topics that don’t interest them such as digital safety. Google partnered with YouTube creators to launch the “be internet awesome” challenge.
Google’s new curriculum is a sigh of relief to parents especially during this summer season when students are at home. It will ease their burden on having to be alert at all times checking on the children. Parents let’s all take the initiative to make our children be internet awesome. For more information check on Google Site