Look at the details of this beautiful initiative …
Today is the Internet Safety Day and we celebrate it by sharing from San Antonio where Google celebrates this day by publicizing its bilingual program through an interactive platform to teach parents, teachers and students the 5 Foundations of the Initiative BE GREAT ON THE INTERNET.
This year’s motto is very special: “Together for a Better Internet” because through education we can all get our children to navigate in a healthy, positive and safe virtual world; just as we want them to live in the real world.
Here I share tips, the basics of the initiative and the step by step of this wonderful day:
As soon as I entered the Cool World on the Internet, the Google team greeted me with a huge smile welcoming us. Directly, I was present at the panel composed by Jessica Cuvarrubias, Leader of the Program of Great Internet in Google, and member of The Family Online Safety Institute, David’s Legacy Foundation, The Boys and Girls Club and the National PTA. Among the data they shared highlights that:
- 65% of children between 6-12 years have daily internet access.
- 7 years is the ideal age for your children to start browsing.
- The biggest concern of parents and teachers is “bullying” or cyber bullying.
- Games like Interland with a key to teach how to be great on the internet, in an interactive and fun way.
- Only 17% of teachers feel sufficiently knowledgeable about the topic of Internet security.
- 39.1% of children online see inappropriate content.
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After this talk I toured the interactive platform that shows each of the pillars and their practical tips to teach our children:
1) Be SMART: Teach them to share carefully and communicate responsibly.
– Treat online communications as if they were a face-to-face conversation. That’s right, if it’s not okay to say it, then it’s not okay to post it either.
– Maintaining a positive online presence is just as important as in real life. Once your information is online, it will stay there forever.
– Protect your secrets: Do not share your address, phone number, email, passwords, or your own documents with strangers.
– Create guidelines on what types of communication are appropriate (and which are not).
-Respect the privacy decisions of others at all times, even if you do not share this decision.
2) Stay ALERT: It is important for children to know that people and situations online are not always what they seem. Knowing how to differentiate between the real and the false is very important to avoid falling into traps. Here some data to know how to identify the signs of a possible trap:
– Don’t fall for it: If a message says you “won” something or that it’s “free”, and it seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t.
– Use secure Sites. Make sure the site URLs start with https: // and have a green padlock on the left side. This indicates that the connection is secure. Also check that the URL matches the product / company name and information you’re looking for.
– Remember that a website or advertisement cannot know if there is an error in your device. There are traps that inform you of an error to try to download malicious or unwanted software, this is a trick to steal your information.
3) Stay SAFE: Personal security and privacy are just as important online as in real life. Here some data:
-Create an easy-to-remember password, but don’t use personal information, such as names or birthday dates.
-Combine uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols.
– Maintain the variety: Use a different password for each important account and do not hesitate to change it if you know or think that someone else knows it apart from a trusted adult.
4) Be KIND: “Treat others as you would like them to treat you” is a concept that we apply in real life and must be brought into our lives online. Everything we teach our children on a daily basis – to say hello, manners, speak well, be respectful – all this we must teach them how it is transmitted correctly in text messages, comments on social networks, videos or emails.
We must teach them to:
-Being defenders! An advocate fights bad behavior and defends goodness and positivism.
– Use the power of the Internet to convert negative interactions with positive measures. Example: Create a mountain of friendliness with friends or family and send that mountain (many nice messages) to the person who is being assaulted or is a victim.
-Respect other people’s differences, don’t share harmful or false messages or write something online if you didn’t say it in real life.
5) Be BRAVE: Something very important that our children must feel is the confidence to tell us when they are in uncomfortable situations or if they feel bullying online. They must feel that the doors are open and that they can converse with us without shame or fear. Along these same lines, we must encourage them to act bravely so that they can talk about it with an adult so that they can speak for them or for others who are being attacked.
Do not fear! Report and / or block inappropriate content. This can benefit the people involved, the community and the virtual world! Use the tools from the same apps or wed site to do it and tell a trusted adult.
Getting Evidence: Before blocking or reporting inappropriate content, it is recommended to take a screenshot to keep a record of the situation.
It is also very important that our children go from being ByStanders to being Upstanders, that is, that they do not witness bullying and remain silent, but rather take action, either by saying loving words or in support of the person attacked, raising their voices to point out that the aggressor’s action was wrong, not sharing negative messages, reporting and blocking the aggressor.