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Launched in 2017, Be Internet Awesome is an initiative from Google that "teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence." Upon arriving on the site, visitors can watch a two-minute video that briefly introduces the program before exploring its resources. A good place to start is Interland, an immersive web experience with four animated games that focus on different aspects of online safety. As players make their way through Interland, they answer quizzes and solve puzzles that teach skills such as how to identify online scams, how to avoid sharing with the wrong people, and how to create a strong password. These games are also designed for classroom use, and teachers should check out the free standards-aligned curriculum (which was updated in June 2019) and other resources found under Educators. Parents and caregivers should visit the Families section, where they will find guides and resources to help build healthy digital habits at home. All of the Be Internet Awesome resources can be accessed by anyone for free with no login or registration required, and many of them are available in Spanish as well as English. While Be Internet Awesome is targeted for kids ages 7-12, virtually anyone can enjoy and learn from this resource.
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Date of Scout Publication 2019-08-23
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2019/0823

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