Google is using games to teach kids about online safety

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“Interland” is a puzzler that takes kids through four mini
games. Tower of Treasure is designed to help teach younger
internet users how to create strong passwords that keep them
one step ahead of hackers and Reality River presents 10
multiple choice questions that help identify who and what to
trust online. Kind Kingdom educates children on trolling and
being nice on the internet, while Mindful Mountain highlights
how important it is to share information only with people you
trust.

Google teamed up with online safety organizations Family Online
Safety Institute, the Internet Keep Safe Coalition and
ConnectSafely to create Be Internet Awesome. Thanks to this
outside help, the company says its lesson plans, activities and
worksheets meet the International Society for Technology in
Education’s Standards for Students.

As for the games, they’re fun. Each one is geometric, bold,
colorful and has a Monument Valley or Journey
feel, making them much more interactive than many other online
safety portals. While it’s unlikely children will stumble across
them on their own
, Google has done what it can to make the
program appealing to parents and teachers in the hope they’ll
be incentivized to pass those teachings along.

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