Teaching Kids to Be Good Digital Citizens and Be Internet Awesome
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Teaching Kids to Be Good Digital Citizens and Be Internet Awesome

Teaching Kids to Be Good Digital Citizens and Be Internet Awesome #BeInternetAwesome #ItsCoolToBeKindThis Teaching Kids to Be Good Digital Citizens and Be Internet Awesome #BeInternetAwesome #ItsCoolToBeKind post is sponsored by Google in collaboration with the Forward Influence Network.

Teaching Kids to Be Good Digital Citizens and Be Internet Awesome

Did you know that 28% of students have experienced bullying personally and that 71% of students have witnessed bullying directly? These facts are staggering which just shows that the Internet is a very powerful place. It can be a place of positivity and kindness but it can also be a place filled with trolls and negativity. The fact of the matter is that we really cannot control what happens on the Internet rather we can control our reactions to it and we can treat others how they want to be treated by helping friends, disempowering drama and fighting back against cyberbullying. We hope that you find this Teaching Kids to Be Good Digital Citizens and Be Internet Awesome post valuable.

With over 50% of parents are concerned about their child being bullied, the first place to start is with the family. This is the perfect place to practice respect, choose kindness and to prepare our kids to be good digital citizens. Families can lift each other up, help each other learn from mistakes and should always be a place of safety and comfort. A family is also the place to encourage everyone to be upstanders by helping people when they are in need, being hurt or see something hurtful, such as bullying, happening and it's the perfect place to teach kids how to turn a negative situation into a positive one. This is why we all need to Be Internet Awesome. 

Teaching Kids to Be Good Digital Citizens and Be Internet Awesome #BeInternetAwesome #ItsCoolToBeKind

Google's Be Internet Awesome

Be Internet Awesome is Google’s free multifaceted program designed to teach kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence. The program is available in English and Spanish and consists of an ISTE standards aligned curriculum, ready-made Pear Decks for each lesson, Interland – an adventure-packed online game about digital safety and citizenship – and plenty of resources for educators and parents.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Throughout the month of October, Be Internet Awesome will sprinkle positive messages across communications to emphasize that the “golden rule” is just as important online as it is “IRL”. The internet can be a truly great place to learn when comments, conversations, and content are positive. BIA will help students and families see how to make choices that disempower bullying behavior and create healthy, productive spaces to interact.

How can we help prevent bullying or to stop it when it starts? Have those conversations with your family about how to be Upstanders and promote positivity at home, school, and online.

Teaching Kids to Be Good Digital Citizens and Be Internet Awesome #BeInternetAwesome #ItsCoolToBeKindFive areas of Internet awesomeness

Teach these to your kids and practice them everyday as well.

SMART

Where we learn to share with care

ALERT

Where we learn not to fall for fake

STRONG

Where we learn how to secure Our digital stuff

KIND

Where we learn that itʼs cool to be kind

BRAVE

Where we learn that, when in doubt, we talk it out

Teaching Kids to Be Good Digital Citizens and Be Internet Awesome #BeInternetAwesome #ItsCoolToBeKindIt's Start with you and your family

You and your family can Be Internet Awesome by doing several things:

  • Discuss how we treat people as a family. What behaviors are important and acceptable?
  • How does this look online, in digital forms like texts, posts, comments, photos, videos, etc.?
  • What does positivity mean to your family? How do you express positivity?
  • Discuss situations where it is important to communicate in person versus online or via text or post.
  • When is it time to ask a parent or sibling for help?
  • What should you do if you find yourself being bullied?

Spread Kindness

Play Interland with your kids and put your kindness skills to the test at g.co/KindKingdom. We hope that you found this Teaching Kids to Be Good Digital Citizens and Be Internet Awesome post inspiring.

Be Internet Awesome and Join the Movement

Learn more about how to Be Internet Awesome and tell your kids’ teachers about the online curriculum so they can introduce these activities in the classroom.

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