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Google program teaches Vietnamese children Internet safety, digital citizenship

Google program teaches Vietnamese children Internet safety, digital citizenship

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 11:11 GMT+7
Google program teaches Vietnamese children Internet safety, digital citizenship
A poster for the ‘Be Internet Awesome’ program by Google. Photo courtesy of Google

Google has launched a program that aims to teach Vietnamese children the fundamentals of digital citizenship and Internet safety so that they can explore the online world with confidence.

Be Internet Awesome, officially launched in Vietnam on Monday, focuses on the five fundamental rules of Internet safety: Be Internet Smart (responsible online communication), Be Internet Alert (separating authentic and fake news), Be Internet Strong (securing personal secrets), Be Internet Kind (appropriate online manners), and Be Internet Brave (setting an example and stoking conversations on Internet safety).

The five concepts will be presented through the Vietnamese version of the Be Internet Awesome curriculum as well as Interland, an interactive adventure game with playful tones that provides children with intuitive learning experiences.

The coursework also offers parents and educators tools and resources meant to spark conversations on Internet safety with their children and students, including posters, printable templates, and papercraft blueprints.

“Children face safety threats in both real life and in cyberspace,” stated Nguyen Hoang Anh, a representative of the Research Center for Family Support and Community Development.

“Our job as adults is not only to shield children from the risks but also to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to detect and protect themselves from danger, particularly during this epidemic while they are spending more time on the Internet for their online classes.”

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