To commemorate Safer Internet Day 2018 and reiterate its commitment to make the web a safer place for everyone, Google today announced its collaboration with NCERT to integrate a course on Digital Citizenship and Safety in the ICT (Information and communication technology) curriculum.
Students from class I – class XII across 1.4 million schools in India will now learn how to become good and responsible digital citizens, through structured classroom modules on the social, ethical and legal aspects of Internet safety. In addition, Google has also created a curriculum for teachers, so that they can help students learn all about digital citizenship in their classrooms.
Sunita Mohanty, Director, Trust and Safety, Google India said, “While the Internet has made life easier for everyone and offers so many opportunities to explore, create and collaborate across all age groups, users online or those coming online for the first time, need to be aware of the possible negative experiences that they may incur on the web. This makes it important for us to start a dialogue on the dangers and threats they can be exposed to when surfing the net.”
Digital Citizenship and Safety Course in Classrooms
The program includes a range of specific resources for kids, and educators, enabling them with the tools they need to learn and educate themselves on internet safety. The syllabus for online safety presented in the curriculum will be systematically graded and has been divided into four overarching themes – Being Smart; Being Safe; Being a Digital Citizen and Being Future Ready. The curriculum is structured to match the intellectual and curiosity needs of different age group of the children. For example, in lower classes, students will focus on engaging with technology and learning the use of basic digital tools. In middle classes students will be introduced to basics of the internet, concepts of account safety and distinguishing good content from bad.
As they advance through their classes, they will be taught more advanced topics such as privacy, device management, intellectual property and reputation management. Finally, as they become ready to graduate as digital citizens, they will be prepared with online financial literacy and cyber crime concepts so that they are future ready.
Google’s Web Rangers Contest Touches A New High
The third edition of the Web Rangers Contest received over 5000 projects, campaigns and posters from across the country, including smaller cities like Ukhra in West Bengal, Hingna in Maharashtra and Davanagere in Karnataka. Over 50% of the entries were from non-metro cities. The entries included videos, apps, games, posters, websites and a host of other interesting projects and campaigns which indicate how keen children are on the topic of Internet Safety. Launched in 2015, Google’s Web Rangers program has trained over 30,000 student ambassadors across private and government schools from over 75 cities in 12 states.
In addition to the collaboration with NCERT, the company has proactively partnered with other like minded organisations and the Government to work towards raising awareness about Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety among all age groups in India.