Google has launched an educational program designed to help children learn what is the dangerous on the internet and also to know how to avoid them. The program is called Be Internet Awesome and was created with the help of teachers, organizations specialized in online security and videographers. This program consists of a video game called Interland.
The topics covered are relevant for all ages, from cyberbullying, which is something that’s currently happening way too much, to other things like how to create a strong password, how to be careful when sharing personal information on social media or how to avoid being ripped off on the internet.
Depending on the subject, children will be in one kingdom or another. For example in the subject of cyberbullying, children will find themselves in a realm where they have to help characters who have been bullied by giving them love in the form of likes and blocking and reporting to the bully. In the area of social networks, Share with Care, children will encounter a made up social network in which they will have to know wether if it is or not convenient to publish certain things. On the section Do not Fall for Fake children will have to decide which web pages are real and which ones are fake.
So do not hesitate to show Interland to your children, the magical place where all the topics of security and respect online are treated, but in an intergalactic way in which children wil have lots of fun but also learn a lot.
You can find it here.