Propaganda has become one of the main originators of catastrophes in social networks. However, this could change cheers to upcoming generations, or at the slightest that’s what Google reasons.
The new Be Internet Breathtaking instructions focus on giving youngsters gears to identify propaganda and know how to contest against it
In this regard, the company is expanding “Be Internet Awesome,” its digital guard and citizenship program for children. From now on, the program will have six fresh pieces of training correlating to the administration of social networks. These lessons will entail subjects such as: bots, the reliability of sources and URLs, tips for not being scammed on the Internet, etc.
These courses not only offer rudimentary education on Internet subjects and social networks but also intend to help children develop their critical thinking when consuming digital contents. The purpose is for kids to comprehend that the content seen on the Internet is not necessarily authentic or dependable and that often this can include dangers such as theft of information or identity.
For instance, in cyber rip-offs, kids not only study what they are, how they work and how to avoid them, but they acquire abilities to pinpoint mistrustful content and practice their likely reactions in case of being dupes of these tactics.
Or in the bots section, children not only learn to identify what a bot is, but they also experiment with the differences between communication between humans and communication with Artificial Intelligence.
Fighting against fake information and propaganda
Although the new “Be Internet Awesome” courses include all kinds of activities and lessons, most of the uploaded content is related to mechanisms to curb misinformation. In this sense, children learn to contrast sources, identify fraudulent elements such as erroneous URLs, etc.
In addition, disinformation lessons go deeper explaining how organizations that generate misinformation work and why many people believe in this content. In short, a compilation of the basic notions about spreading false news and its risks.
This section on disinformation concludes with a virtual game called “Reality River”, where children must use their best criteria to cross the rapids of the river and reach the goal, an activity that reinforces the intuition reinforced in the course.
The new curricular offer of Google shows an effort of the company to educate the new generations about the dangers of misinformation, an initiative that goes hand in hand with other changes made by Google in the past, such as the implementation of measures to curb the spreading false news during electoral periods, among others.
In this sense, Be Internet Awesome could be a good alternative to educate the little ones of the house about the risks of facing a world centered in the digital sphere.
What’s your perspective on Google training your Kids to learn how to use the internet?
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