‘Digital Citizenship’ Lessons in Indian Schools

internet safety for children

Google and NCERT will soon introduce a course on digital citizenship and safety in the information and communication technology (ICT) curriculum for schools across India.

The aim of the course will be to teach Students on how to be good and responsible digital citizens, by focusing on the social, ethical and legal aspects of internet safety.

Google has also created a curriculum for teachers so that they can effectively teach students about digital citizenship in their classrooms.

“This makes it important for us to start a dialogue on the dangers and threats they can be exposed to when surfing the net. Through our course integration with NCERT, we aim to catch children young and teach them the essentials of staying safe, while exploring the online world,” Google India.

The internet safety program has been divided into four themes:

  • Being Smart
  • Being Safe
  • Being a Digital Citizen
  • Being Future Ready.

The curriculum has been structured as per the various age groups:

  • In lower classes, students will focus on engaging with technology and learning the use of basic digital tools.
  • In middle classes students will be introduced to basics of the internet, concepts of account safety and distinguishing good content from bad.
  • Further, they will be taught more advanced topics such as privacy, device management, intellectual property and reputation management.
  • Finally, as they become ready to graduate as digital citizens, they will be prepared with online financial literacy and cyber crime concepts so that they are future ready.

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