Google in talks to add internet safety to school curriculum in India

Technology giant Google is in discussions with 4-5 states across the country for including Internet safety as part of the curriculum for schools.

The US-based company is already working with Goa government for educating students on being safe on Internet.

“We are trying to get into curriculum. Goa was one, we are trying to work with many more governments and central boards to make sure this become a part of regular discussion. There are 4-5 states (that are part of discussion),” Google India Director Trust and Safety Sunita Mohanty told.

She, however, did not disclose the names of the states.

About 460 teachers were trained in Goa, who will reach out to 80,000 students.

Apart from creating the curriculum for students, Google is also working on educating women and consumers as well on the importance of staying safe while browsing and transacting on the web.

Globally, tech giants are undertaking efforts to propagate the idea of secure online experience. In fact, February 7 is being celebrated as Safer Internet Day.

According to a Microsoft survey conducted across 14 countries through its Digital Civility Index (DCI), 63% of Indian respondents reported having been exposed to an online risk.

About 44% of the Indian respondents said they had experienced their most recent online risk within the past month, indicating higher frequency.

Interestingly, males in the country reported more risks across categories — 64% compared to 61% for females.

Also, more females tightened privacy controls (61%) compared to males (50%) after experiencing online risk.

“Microsoft is using the Index to amplify awareness and demonstrate the need to further educate young adults, parents, educators, and policymakers about the real-world consequences of negative online interactions, which can have serious consequences,” Microsoft India Associate General Counsel Madhu Khatri said.

On intrusive behaviour like hate speech, discrimination, unwanted contact or terrorism recruiting, 79% Indian respondents reported concern levels.

About 77% Indian respondents reported behavioural concerns like cyberbullying, trolling or online harassment.

“Concerns on unwanted sexual solicitation, sexting, revenge porn, or sextortion were reported by 77% Indians. Concerns on unwanted reputational behaviour such as doxing and damage to personal or workplace reputation were reported by 77% Indians,” it said.

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