Google has become ubiquitous in the realm of online apps in education. While they have certainly enabled more online learning, what about the safety of users venturing out into these relatively uncharted territories for the first time? Heck, students in first grade are learning to use Google products.
Not one to sit idly by, Google is beginning a countrywide tour of schools to help raise awareness about online safety. At Dunne Technology Academy in South Chicago last week, members of the Online Safety Team heard about how almost every student has been subject to cyberbullying, inappropriate content, and even phishing scams.
From the Google Blog:
We spent the day discussing ways to avoid being scammed, how to create an online profile that can be an asset rather than a liability, and actions you can take if you’re being bullied, harassed or see inappropriate content. Most students seemed to understand that their online identity and their “real world” self were one and the same, and that they have choices in managing their content and reputation online. We agreed that by applying the rules of good citizenship online, the Internet would be a safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone.
So while teens have more difficult choices online today than to ford or to ferry the river in Oregon Trail, we can prepare them to make smart decisions online. Check out the educational materials from our Digital Literacy Tour in our Google For Educators site at www.google.com/educators/digitalliteracy.html.