Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a teen or just curious about digital literacy and citizenship, you've come to the right place. Google and our partners have compiled a short list of helpful resources for getting to know the web. Read on and continue to explore the wonders of the web with us.
Resources for everyone
The web can be confusing, and even the savviest Internet user has come across terms that don’t make sense. Like “WPA2”, “IP address” or “spyware”. We’ve made a list of some common technical words and explained them here as simply and accurately as we can.
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The USFederal Trade Commission has released a series of video tips to help you protect your personal information online. The videos are available at OnGuardOnline.gov, the US federal government’s site to help computer users be safe, secure and responsible. Here are some examples:
- Computer Security provides simple steps to help you protect yourself and your computer from scammers, hackers and identity thieves.
- Online Shopping Tips can help you get the best deal and avoid unnecessary hassles.
- Protect Your Computer from Malware provides tips on how to avoid, detect and remove viruses and spyware that were installed on your computer without your consent.
As more of our life happens online, Internet skills are becoming crucial to living responsibly. What skills do you need to navigate Internet society? How can parents and educators teach themselves, their families and their communities about important topics such as identity protection, fraud detection and digital citizenship?
ThinkB4U is a collaboration between Google and safety experts Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely and the National Consumers League. Together, we are tackling some of the biggest learning curves thrown at the average user in a fun and interactive way.
There’s still a long way to go to achieve digital literacy for everyone, but we hope that projects like ThinkB4U will boost advocacy for online safety education, the importance of which is invaluable in our deeply connected world.
Our top tips for staying safe and secure online in a format that you can print and keep.
Resources for parents
A Platform for Good is a project of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) designed to help parents, teachers and teens connect, share and do good online.
Teach Parents Tech lets you select from more than 50 basic how-to videos to send to Mum, Dad, your old college roommate, your neighbour and anyone else who could use a little help with tech tasks – whether it’s how to copy and paste or how to share a big file.
Get Your Folks Online, a partnership between Age Action and Google, provides several interactive courses on the basics of the Internet.
Resources for students
Hector’s World offers videos for children aged 2-9 on the following topics:
- Your personal information online
- Computer Security
You can view the videos in the Episode Theatre.
NetSafe has a dedicated section for young people, which offers advice and information on anything ranging from annoying pop ups to cyberbullying.
For the younger ones, animated stories and online guides on their NetBasics site will guide through some of the common issues and risks for computer users.