Tackling hate speech and understanding concepts such as fake news are included in the Be Internet Citizens.
Google has teamed up with young people’s charity UK Youth to teach around 10,000 young people across the UK to be better “internet citizens”.
The charity is to use the digital education programme Be Internet Citizens, which focuses on helping young people to be safe and responsible online.
It also has a strong focus on empowering young people to learn online, share and be creative “in a world that is becoming increasingly digitally dominant”, said a statement from UK Youth.
The programme has been funded by Google’s charity arm Google.org and has been created by the search engine giant, Youtube, and The Institute for Strategic Dialogue. The charity aims reach up to 10,000 young people through its use of the programme.
The Internet Citizens programme has four core modules around digital awareness. These are:
“Be Internet Citizens will provide young people with a strong and responsible digital foundation, empowering them with the confidence to become producers of online content where they can express their identities, share their stories, make a social impact, and bring communities together,” said UK Youth Chief Executive Ndidi Okezie.
“It’s fantastic to see big and influential platforms like Google and YouTube developing
resources and providing grant funding to support this crucial informal learning.”
Rosie Luff, Google’s Online Safety Public Policy Manager added: “The internet is a
creative space where young people can have a voice, be imaginative, and express
“With Be Internet Citizens and through this grant, we want to support
organizations like UK Youth to help young people with their media literacy and
encourage them to use their voices and creativity to have a positive impact online.”