Google launches new UK online safety educational programmes

Wednesday 28 February 2018 | 10:54 CET | News

Research by Google shows that UK teachers think children should starting learning about online safety at age seven, with 99 percent of teachers believing online safety should be part of the curriculum. The research comes as Google launches the new 'Be Internet Legends' and 'Be Internet Citizens' educational programmes in the UK.

Google surveyed more than 200 UK teachers in 2017 to learn about their experiences with online safety in the classroom. More than one third (37%) of teachers said they had witnessed an online safety incident in the classroom, such as cyber bullying or sharing personal information. The majority (85%) of teachers believe that UK parents are not doing enough to teach their children about online safety. In addition, 82 percent said they did not have the necessary resources to teach online safety, with 94 percent saying they would find online safety workshops/seminars useful. 

The new educational programmes will see Google visit primary and secondary schools across the UK to train 60,000 students face-to-face through assemblies and workshops. It will also aim reach one million young people through free training resources developed for teachers and youth workers. Google developed the 'Be Internet Legends' programme in partnership with family internet safety group Parent Zone for Key Stage 2 (KS2) primary school pupils. 

Developed in partnership with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), the 'Be Internet Citizens' programme is part of 'YouTube Creators for Change' and will teach 13-15 year olds critical thinking, digital citizenship and media literacy with the aim of having a positive voice online. It will work to empower young people to produce online content to share stories, express their identities, make social impact and bring communities together. 

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