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Google’s new game wants to teach kids to be ‘internet awesome’

So what exactly does the educational program do?

Be Internet Awesome was developed in collaboration with online safety experts to ensure parents and educators have the tools necessary to teach children to look out for themselves online.

With internet usage playing such a ubiquitous role in our daily lives, the program educates on topics relevant to all age groups, focusing on the following areas:

  • Be Internet Smart: Share with care
  • Be Internet Alert: Dont fall for fake
  • Be Internet Strong: Secure your secrets
  • Be Internet Kind: It’s cool to be kind
  • Be Internet Brave: When in doubt, talk it out

The classroom curriculum includes lesson plans, activities, and key discussion points about digital citizenship, along with short quizzes to measure learning.

Interland, on the other hand, takes children into a fictional world comprised of four lands where they can tackle phishers, hackers, bullies, and over-sharers in a fun way.

A promo video for Interland shows players being asked questions like “What can you do to prevent accounts from being hacked?” Answering correctly, with “sinking fishers” earns points, and lets the player advance in the game.