CAPE TOWN – As part of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness and National Bullying Prevention Month, Google announced a new partnership today to promote online safety and positivity for young children. 

The company will be working with the National Parent Teachers Association in the US and the nonprofit, which lets companies donate directly to public schools, on a project the organisations are calling “Be Internet Awesome.” 

Additionally, the partnership includes the making of a workshop kit that will help parents teach one another about how to spark productive discussions on digital safety and citizenship.

Each Be Internet Awesome kit is bilingual—English and Spanish include:

  • A Google Pixelbook to power the workshop
  • A presentation developed in partnership with the Family Online Safety Institute including topics on online safety, digital citizenship, and tips and resources to create a positive digital experience for your family’s needs
  • Family Guides to inspire co-learning at home about online reputation and social sharing, phishing and scams, privacy and security, cyberbullying and inappropriate content
  • Posters for the school to remind students to Be Internet Awesome by being smart, alert, strong, kind, and brave
  • A school banner as recognition for participating in Be Internet Awesome

“Research shows us that parents want to teach their kids how to be safe online but are unsure how to get the conversation going,” explains Google employee Julianne Yi, who’s helping organize the Be Internet Awesome initiative.

 “To help them, we created workshop kits so that parents can teach one another about how to spark productive discussions on digital safety and citizenship.” 

Google added the goal this year is to reach 5 million kids with Be Internet Awesome initiative.