Although internet is the best place to find information on literally anything, it also means the technology can be used to spread false information that can cause significant harm. In order to protect children on internet, Google launched its education campaign ‘Be Internet Awesome’ few years back. And now, thanks to its partnership with The Net Safety Collaborative, the company has brought a new program to the program called media literacy to help children identify fake news an URLs.
In order to use the program to teach children how to spot fake news, URLs or phishing attacks, the media literacy program contains six new activities. They were developed by Anne Collier, executive director of The Net Safety Collaborative, and Dr. Faith Rogow, co-author of The Teacher’s Guide to Media Literacy and a co-founder of the National Association for Media Literacy Education.
As for how the program will teach kids about safety on internet, the program contains activities like ‘Don’t Fall for Fake’ which is meant to develop critical thinking skills for browsing through web.
This latest addition comes as Google has come under criticisms over last couple of months due to the company’s lack of effort to protect children over internet. Earlier this year, the company disabled comments on YouTube videos that feature minors. Most recently, reports have suggested that the company is working on bringing a dedicated YouTube app to show children friendly contents.