Google launches “Be Internet Awesome” in the country – Manila Bulletin

Be the internet awesome

Google has announced the official launch of Be Internet Awesome in the Philippines.

Be Internet Awesome is Google’s multi-faceted free program designed to teach kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and online safety. In particular, it focuses on five important topics: how to be smart, alert, strong, kind and courageous on the internet. It contains several educational materials and related resources that can help teach digital literacy concepts to children with the help of teachers and parents.

“The Internet is an integral part of everyday life. For children and students, this opens up plenty of opportunities to play, learn and connect. However, it also exposes them to risks that adults also face. With Be Internet Awesome, we hope to help parents and educators promote and teach digital responsibility inside and outside the classroom, in order to raise the next generation of smarter, alert, strong Internet users. , kind and brave online. We will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Education and other partners from all sectors to bring Be Internet Awesome to more students and communities nationwide, ”said Bernadette Nacario, National Director from Google Philippines.

In collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd), Google implemented a pilot run of Be Internet Awesome in the Philippines to test it and gather feedback that could help improve the program further. The pilot test was carried out in more than 20 schools in Antipolo, Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig and Nueva Ecija. With over 50 teachers, a total of 2,014 students in grades 4 through 8 learned the lessons of Be Internet Awesome.

The results of the pilot test were encouraging. Students gave a high mark between 90% and 94% for the main attributes of Be Internet Awesome. They said it helped them learn valuable internet safety tips and it was essential for them to learn them in the digital age. Meanwhile, the teachers found the content to be very relevant and said they had more ideas to develop it further.

“Educating students about digital responsibility is imperative and using Google’s Be Internet Awesome is an effective way to do this. We would like to thank Google for launching an important program that will provide our teachers and parents with the accessible resources they need to teach digital citizenship. Based on the success of the pilot race, this program has great potential to educate more students nationwide. The Ministry of Education will continue to work closely with Google to potentially integrate Be Internet Awesome into the national curriculum so that it can be formally taught in the classroom, ”said Leonor Magtolis Briones, Secretary of the Ministry of Education.



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