A Google program to become cyber heroes (#ISTE19)

Discovered during ISTE 2019, the “Be Internet Awesome” program from Google (Fr, Eng and Esp) develops online skills in a very fun way!

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Discovered during ISTE 2019, the “Be Internet Awesome” program from Google (Fr, Eng and Esp) develops online skills in a very fun way!

Are you familiar with Google's “Be Internet Awesome” program? This aims to teach 9-14 year olds the basics of digital citizenship and online safety so that they can “explore the world with confidence”. Launched in 2017, it was updated recently and we had the opportunity to find out about it at the annual meeting of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which was held at the end of June. in Philadelphia.

The program, focused on online skills, is offered in English and Spanish in the United States, and there is a French version on the Belgian side (Cybersimple.be). It includes among others a guide for teachers, resources for parents and an interesting online gaming platform for young people, Interland.

A five-part program

The program is structured around five subjects, which constitute the “Internet Code of Awesome”.

  • Be Internet Smart: Share with Care. / Cyber smart: Think carefully before sharing
    This component addresses issues of online reputation and digital footprint.
  • Be Internet Alert: Don't Fall for Fake. / Cyber vigilant: Don't fall for it
    Here, we are talking about disinformation, phishing, fraud. 
  • Be Internet Strong: Secure Your Secrets. / Cyber secret: a secret is sacred
    It is in this module that we talk about data security and confidentiality.
  • Be Internet Kind: It's Cool To Be Kind. / Cyber sympa: Being nice is cool
    Issues of harassment and negative behavior online are at the heart of this component.
  • Be Internet Brave. When In Doubt, Talk It Out. / Courageous Cyber: When in doubt, speak up
    What to do with questionable content that young people are likely to come across while browsing? This module offers concrete courses of action.
Google's Be Internet Awesome (Cyber Heroes) program guide

The program also includes activities for digital literacy: recognizing reliable sources of information, the effect of word choice on the perception of online content, disinformation, etc. There are even posters, certificates and suggestions for activities that can be experienced without technology, all in the toolbox.

Link to the game for young people: http://g.co/BeInternetAwesome

Link to Belgian educational resources (in French): https://www.cybersimple.be/fr

Link to the American program: https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/

Link to the American program (in Spanish): https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/es-419_all

QUÉBEC - Link with the digital competence framework

In Quebec, the use of this program could support the development of certain dimensions of the digital competence frame of reference, whose :

  • Dimension 1: Act as an ethical citizen in the digital age
  • Dimension 6: Communicate digitally

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It offers 3 comprehensive digital media literacy activities that will support your actions in this regard. Find it here!

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About the Author

Audrey Millerhttps://ecolebranchee.com
Editor of École branchée magazine, Audrey holds a graduate degree in educational technology and a bachelor's degree in public communication. A member of the Professional Federation of Quebec Journalists (FPJQ), she is particularly interested in news related to the professional development of teachers, information in the digital age and media education. She has been active in building bridges in the educational ecosystem since 1999. These days she is particularly involved in Edteq Association and as a member of the ACELF Communications Committee. In 2021, she was awarded the Order of Excellence in Education of Quebec. When she has free time, she is passionate about her children, rabbits, horses, good wine and ... web programming!

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