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What digital literacy means for Indonesia’s newest Internet users
Monday, November 10, 2014
Do you remember your first experience of the Internet? That moment when you realized you had access to virtually all the information you could think of—and more—within just a few quick clicks? In Indonesia, thirteen million people came online for the first time last year, most of them in smaller cities and rural areas, and are experiencing just that.
The opportunities online can overwhelm—from starting a business to taking up an online course. So we partnered with ICT Volunteers and created
Lentera: Stay Safe Online
, a program to equip new Internet users with digital literacy and online safety skills.
is Bahasa Indonesia for “lantern”—a light in the dark. The Lentera program sheds light on the basics of Internet use, including tips and tricks for young and old to navigate the web safely and responsibly. We recently took Lentera on the road to 80 high schools in Ambon, Surabaya and Bandung, and met with more than 400 students, teachers, counselors, and parents, all thanks to the support of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, the Ministry of Education and Culture, and local city administrations.
Clockwise from top left: With Tri Rismaharini, Mayor of Surabaya; students discussing materials presented by speakers; a group selfie in Ambon; teachers trying out the Google Safety Center and Google Apps for Education
The 400 students, teachers and parents we reached learned about online safety and maximizing the potential of the web through knowledge sharing, hands-on workshops, quizzes, and games. Teachers like Bay Hurasan said the workshop allowed her to experience first-hand the opportunities that the Internet offers to bring education to life and the rest of the world closer to more remote parts of the country like Ambon.
We hope you’ll join us when we hit the road again in 2015!
Posted by Agung Yudhawiranata, Public Policy & Government Relations, Google Indonesia
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