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Google Launches Be Internet Awesome to Encourage Kids to Be Safe Online

The new program is designed to teach kids in a fun way how to avoid online bullies and predators. Take the pledge together as a family.

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School is almost out for the summer, and with all that free time, you can bet that it will be more difficult than ever to keep track of what your kiddos are doing online. Enter Google, which has just unveiled an educational campaign designed to teach preteen children about digital safety in a fun way.

The program, called Be Internet Awesome, was developed as a collab with online safety experts for kids ranging from 8 to 12 years old, many of whom are just getting their own smartphones or other devices that can get them online. According to a recent Google blog post, the initiative will provide them with five key lessons to help them better navigate: How to be internet smart, how to be internet alert, how to be internet strong, how to be internet kind, and how to be internet brave.

To make the experience more fun, Google gets the messages across via an interactive game called "Interland," an imaginary world of four lands where kids can combat hackers, phishers, oversharers, and bullies in order to help them hone their online safety habits.

Pretty cool, right? The program also includes curriculum for parents and educators, plus messages from some of our favorite YouTubers—including John Green, the What's Inside Family, and the Eh-Bee Family—about why online safety matters.

Check it out:

You can also reinforce these lessons at home by pledging to stay smart, alert, strong, kind, and brave online. You can start by downloading and signing the Be Internet Awesome Pledge with your family.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.