Google Partnerships Aim to Help Parents With Onl
More than half of parents have never received online safety training, according to a nationwide survey Google conducted, and just 40% feel confident enough to talk to their family about online safety. There 8217;s a growing expectation that kids will be taught about online safety in the classroom. In fact, two out of three parents believe kids should learn about online safety both at home and in the classroom.
8220;Be Internet Awesome is truly our marquee online safety program for kids. It 8217;s brand and platform agnostic. We talk about search, we talk about email, we talk about social media at large, so that whatever apps or whatever platforms kids and families are using it 8217;s applicable to them, 8221; Jessica Covarrubias, education program lead at Google, told Digital Trends. 8220;For Safer Internet Day, we 8217;re announcing a few partnerships within the realm of parents and educators to help us really drive awareness of these resources. 8221;
8220;Family link allows families to kind of set guardrails around what type of content is OK, app limits, and screen time, 8221; Covarrubias explained. 8220;That 8217;s kind of the minimum, and then from there you can help kids learn and get their driver 8217;s license to the internet as we like to call it. 8221;
The program and materials have been developed with expert advice, but Google has also consulted with parents and kids. One of the interesting discrepancies that came up from the recent parent survey was that parents worry about different things for themselves online than they do for their kids. For themselves, the greatest concern was security and keeping their information safe, but kids were most worried about the content they might be exposed to. The top online safety concerns parents had about their children were:
Ensuring that children do not watch content that parents don 8217;t approve of was also named as the biggest challenge in ensuring kids have a healthy digital lifestyle. It can be tough for parents to keep up with their kids 8217; online lives and understand what the latest apps are all about.
8220;Our biggest barrier is driving awareness among parents, 8221; said Covarrubias. 8220;This is why we 8217;re partnering with these organizations that have a strong foothold in the parent community. 8221;
The idea with this program is that concepts are broken down in a simplistic way that the whole family can understand. Learning how to be safer online together can be a great way to open up a dialogue between parent and child and giving them a common language to talk about online safety. Google 8217;s research also revealed that the main reason kids don 8217;t tell their parents about troubling things they find online is because their parents often freak out when they do.
8220;We want to encourage parents to open the lines of communication and talk to kids, 8221; Covarrubias explained.标签：