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Google teaches kids to spot fake news, stay safe online

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Image courtesy: Google

n a world with increasing cases of cyberbullying, fake news and other unsafe practices on the Internet, Google on Thursday concluded a summer educational programme that taught young children how to make use of the Internet in a productive way.

“Children are being exposed to technology much earlier than ever before and we believe that these foundational years are the best time to start nurturing their inquisitiveness and curiosity in the right direction,” said Sunita Mohanty, Trust and Safe Director of Google India, while speaking at the final event of Google’s #SummerWithGoogle campaign here.

The campaign that ran for over four weeks, engaged children between 13 to 18 years of age in four online assignments that were designed to have both real-world projects and a virtual learning experience.

Thousands of children from all over the country, including from lesser expected places like Jammu and Kashmir, Kottayam in Kerala, Jalgaon in Maharashtra and Kapurthala in Punjab, participated in the campaign.

Out of these, the best 100 were chosen to participate in the final event.

Google also collaborated with Smile Foundation — a Delhi-based NGO to reach out to the children who do not have regular Internet exposure. The best 10 out of the group were present at the final event.

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