To help drive awareness of cyberbullying during “National Bullying Prevention Month,” Google is teaming up with with two non-profits to help teach kids how to spread kindness and positivity online.
According to original research released by Google, cyberbullying is the #1 online safety concern in the classroom, and both parents and teachers agree that we should be doing more to teach kids to be positive, and safer digital citizens.
That’s why Google is teaming up with DonorChoose.org and Playworks to help kids learn to be upstanding digital citizens.
Throughout the entire month of October, classrooms around the country will participate, earning rewards for their DonorsChoose.org projects by completing the Kind lessons from the Google Be Internet Awesome program, which teaches kids how to be good online citizens, and more specifically that it’s cool to be kind online in real life and online.
This program will make a big impact, reaching upwards of 4K classrooms and 40K+ students.
“Treat others as you would like to be treated,” said Jessica Covarrubias, leader of Be Internet Awesome program. “It’s important to teach children to maintain a positive presence both online and in real life and Be Internet Awesome teaches children the fundamental concepts of digital behavior so that they can confidently explore the online world”.
Google is also joining the fourth annual Playworks’ campaign, “Real Players Don’t Bully,” with its Be Internet Awesome program.
The campaign will feature a series of events with elementary school students around the country in promotion of the Real Players Don’t Bully campaign. At each event, kids will also learn how It’s Cool To Be Kind both online and in real life through Google’s Be Internet Awesome kind lessons and through its fun and interactive Interland online game. The series of events will culminate in Washington, D.C. on October 30 at an event engaging members of Congress about creating systemic change.