Google and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has signed a pact to integrate a course on ‘Digital Citizenship and Safety’ in information and communication technology (ICT) curriculum.
The pact was signed on ‘Safer Internet Day’ (February 6). The course aims to bring awareness amongst the young generation of India to make Internet a Safe space.
The Digital Citizenship and Safety course by Google India aims to bring social, ethical and legal aspects of internet safety and usage via structured in-class lessons. The complete course is divided into four categories (themes) viz Being Smart, Being Safe, Being a Digital Citizen and Being Future Ready.
The course aims to grow gradually with internet usage of children from elementary classes to senior secondary. The modules (categories) of the course are made to engage kids and match pace with their intellectual and inquisitive nature.
The basic modules of the course aim to make the children aware of Internet Safety, advanced topics like Privacy, Device Management, Intellectual Property (IP) and Reputation Management are added included as children grow, gradually moving towards Online Financial Literacy and Cyber Crime to shape them as Digital Citizens.
In addition, Google has also created curriculum for teachers so that they can help students learn all about digital citizenship in their classrooms.