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What’s New in Google’s Be Internet Awesome Digital Safety & Citizenship Curriculum

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Anne Collier  
Kali Ridley  

Learn about all you can teach your elementary students with the Be Internet Awesome curriculum and interactive game – now with lessons in the three digital-age literacies as well as safety and citizenship. Also get the findings of BIA independent evaluation in schools by researchers at the University of New Hampshire

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: 3-5
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
  • Model and promote management of personal data and digital identity and protect student data privacy.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Though the pandemic has only accelerated uptake of digital citizenship education in the US, there is a dearth of evaluation research to guide it. With its Be Internet Awesome curriculum, Google decided to contribute to the evidence base by commissioning rigorous independent review by researchers with deep experience in evaluating online safety education. We will present their findings and detail how the curriculum has been updated in response.

Supporting research

The evaluation research we will be presenting is soon under peer review. Upon release by the authors at the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center, the study will also be published in the Center’s website (http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/about/index.html).

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Anne Collier, The Net Safety Collaborative

As founder and executive director of the nonprofit Net Safety Collaborative, Anne has been writing and consulting on youth and digital media for more than 20 years and serves on the Trust & Safety advisories of Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Yubo and YouTube. Passionate about media literacy, she serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Media Literacy Education in the US and the international advisories of the Young & Resilient Research Center at Western Sydney University and Project Rockit in Melbourne. She piloted SocialMediaHelpline.com for US schools in 2016-‘18 and blogs at NetFamilyNews.org.

Kali Ridley, Anne Collier

Kali Ridley leads Be Internet Awesome programming at Google. She focuses on building resources for online safety and digital citizenship for educators and parents with a tech focus. She is originally from Boston and holds and BA from Brown University.

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