Be Internet Awesome, Google’s free program designed to teach kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and online safety, was launched in the Philippines last November 23.
The program is anchored on five important topics: how to be smart, alert, strong, kind, and brave on the internet.
It contains several teaching materials and related resources that can help teach digital literacy concepts to children with the help of teachers and parents.
“With Be Internet Awesome, we hope to help parents and educators in promoting and teaching digital responsibility inside and outside of the classroom,” said Bernadette Nacario, Country Director of Google Philippines.
According to Google, these are the five fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety that kids should know so they can explore the online world with confidence:
Share with care (Be internet strong)
- Communicate responsibly. Think twice before sharing or forwarding someone’s online post to others.
- Keep personal details about family and friends private.
Don’t fall for fake (Be internet alert)
- Don’t give away personal information such as birthday, address, email, and phone number.
- Know the signs of potential scams and be on guard for phishing attempts.
Secure your secrets (Be internet safe)
- Create strong, memorable passwords, but avoid using personal information like names and birthdays.
- Do not use the same password for multiple sites.
It’s cool to be kind (Be internet kind)
- Spread positivity and stop the spread of harmful or untrue messages by not passing them on to others.
- Speak up against bullying.
When in doubt, talk it out (Be internet brave)
- When you come across something questionable on the internet, talk to a trusted adult about it.
- Have regular, open conversations with your family about your internet use.