Google launches online safety program in Arabic
Abtal Al Internet aims to teach children about online safety and digital citizenship
Google has launched a new Arabic-language program to educate children on online safety and good digital citizenship.
The ‘Abtal Al Internet' (Internet Heroes) initiative is a multifaceted program designed to teach children the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety in Arabic.
The program provides a range of resources and online activities for children, educators and parents to encourage digital safety and citizenship.
The online platform - g.co/abtalinternet - focuses on five key fundamentals to help children navigate the online world with confidence by learning how to be smart, alert, strong, kind and brave online. The program also includes ‘A'lam Al Internet' an online adventure which reflects the fundamentals of digital safety into hands-on practice for children to learn about online reputation, phishing and scams, privacy and security, online harassment and reporting inappropriate content.
Tarek Abdalla, Regional Head of Marketing at Google Middle East and North Africa said: "We believe in technology's power to unlock creativity and create opportunities for everyone including children. At the same time, we need to make sure children are informed, engaged and safe online to enjoy the opportunities that come from being connected in the digital age." He added: "We want children to learn how to protect their personal information online, avoid inappropriate content, hackers and spammers, while exploring the internet with confidence. "Abtal Al Internet" will equip educators and parents with actionable resources to teach digital safety and citizenship through an immersive, fun and unforgettable experience for children in the Arab world."
"Abtal Al Internet" is developed in collaboration with online safety experts including the Family Online Safety Institute, the Internet Keep Safe Coalition and ConnectSafely.