"It's critical that the most influential people in our kids' lives-parents and teachers, especially-help kids learn how to be smart, positive and kind online, just like we teach them to be offline", Diwanji wrote.
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"With school out and summer break giving kids more time to spend on the Internet, it's a great time to introduce Be Internet Awesome: a new way to encourage digital safety and citizenship", Diwanji added. It's free and web-based so it's easily accessible by everyone, and most importantly, it's in a format kids already love. As part of the intitiative, Google also released a classroom curriculum to help educators teach kids how to stay safe online, plus a YouTube video series to help parents start a conversation about this topic.
These include highlighting the importance of limiting the sharing of personal information, identifying misleading content and password security as well as instilling behavioral traits such as showing kindness to other users and encouraging kids to talk about any issues they might encounter.
"Be Internet Awesome" is the latest in Google's string of educational programmes, which range from promoting Chromebooks in the classroom to offering virtual reality field trips through Google Cardboard.
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