Google is seeking to catch the next generation of internet users early with the release of a new educational tool designed to offer younger users a crash course in what the online world has to offer.
Interland invites children to ‘be internet awesome’ by learning how to conduct themselves in a ‘smart, positive and kind’ manner while online, setting them on the straight and narrow from the off.
To achieve this players must battle through four distinct worlds crafted by online safety experts and a group of YouTube creators in which they must see off a rogues gallery of villains including hackers, phishers, oversharers and trolls, acquiring good habits of their own in the process.
These include highlighting the importance of limiting the sharing of personal information, identifying misleading content and password security as well as instilling behavioral traits such as showing kindness to other users and encouraging kids to talk about any issues they might encounter.
Pavni Diwanji, vice president of Engineering For Kids and Families at Google commented: "We need to provide guidance as they learn to make their own smart decisions online."
Google is hopeful that its custom curriculum will be embraced by schools, conscious that many parents may struggle to hold a meaningful conversation about digital safety with their children.