The Internet has brought a number of incredible things to the world - from K-Pop
to music awards
to long-distance learning
. And it should also be a safe space for families to explore, learn and enjoy together. That is why we’re working with partners around the world to get the word out about good Internet practices and how to best use our tools to keep users safe online.
To coincide with Safer Internet Day on February 11, we launched a nationwide campaign in India with the Digital Empowerment Foundation
and the Voluntary Organization in the Interest of Consumer Education
to bring a series of online safety workshops to schools, NGOs, consumer and industry groups across the country. In Australia, we hosted a roundtable with online safety advocates and in Japan, we’re supporting the National Information Security Center
to raise public awareness
around Internet security throughout February, which is Information Security Month.
At the first in a series of events we held in New Delhi, Dr. Gulshan Rai, Director-General at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, spoke of the need to educate and empower web users about online safety to make the most of the Internet’s potential. We couldn’t agree more.
|Panel discussion at the launch of Internet Safety Week in New Delhi|
Staying safe on the web starts with maintaining a conversation about it with our kids. Every family member should know the dos and don’ts of online safety and the consequences of inappropriate use. It’s important that kids feel they can ask parents for guidance when they encounter tricky online situations.
Google also invests in safety features and partners with parents, teachers and NGOs to make the Internet better. For example, turning on SafeSearch in Google Search
or Safety Mode in YouTube
helps filter out mature content that you might not want showing up on the family computer. On Android devices, doing something as simple as filtering apps in the Google Play store will limit what content your kids can download to your device.
We hope you’ll take time to sit down with your kids and start the conversation about basic Internet safety with them today. Visit our Google Safety Center
for more advice on keeping your family safe online.
|The new Google Safety Center|
Posted by Vaishnavi Jayakumar, Public Policy & Government Relations Associate, Google APAC