Helping users stay safe online

India is the second largest internet user base in the world, with over 400 million internet users today, and an expected 650 million within the next two years. To provide a positive online experience for current and future users, we support students with educational resources and tools to become responsible digital citizens who can safely navigate the risks of cyberspace. We also work closely with educators, government officials, and consumer organizations to increase awareness of online safety.

Empowering future
digital citizens

As the digital world becomes increasingly relevant and integrated with the real world, Google is dedicated to preparing the children of India for their entry into cyberspace. With the right education and tools, students can now benefit more from the internet as a learning space and resource while safely navigating its risks.

Introducing internet safety to schools

We’ve partnered with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to introduce digital citizenship modules to the Information and Communication Technology curriculum in schools across India. The curriculum has been piloted in the states of Goa, Kerala and Telangana, and will be expanded to other states.

The Web Rangers initiative

Since 2015, we have been helping Indian students become ambassadors for internet safety through the Web Rangers initiative. Over 30,000 ambassadors from 75 cities have immersed themselves in the program and have helped spread the message of internet safety through unique projects and campaigns that include apps, games and videos.

The ambassadors are provided with the necessary resources and support to raise awareness in their schools. They conduct workshops, roadshows, street plays in their schools to educate fellow students. Students also team up with their teachers to establish cyber safety cells, develop games and applications to spread awareness about online safety. His experience as a Web Ranger has influenced students like Krishna Pandit from Noida, U.P. to set up Netorians- a startup dedicated to internet safety.

“School education is the foundation for a successful future. We are glad to partner with Google and place on record their association in developing and transacting ICT in Education courses for School Education that is relevant in today's context. In an increasingly connected world, the internet is fast emerging as a learning space for our students and it's our responsibility as educators to provide them with a safe learning environment. We hope this initiative will prepare our students to identify the threats and ensure a safe web experience online.”

Dr. Amarendra Behera, Joint Director, CIET – NCERT

Encouraging young developers to spread the message of a safer internet

Among the 5000+ entrants in the 2018 Web Rangers Competition, Arjun S., a student from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, won first place for “ALICE Safety Bot,” an AI-powered virtual assistant that helps users learn about internet safety.

By interacting with the chatbot on the Google Assistant platform , children and adults alike can ask questions and get answers about how to safely manage their digital lives. People can also contribute new information to help the tool become more effective over time.

Arjun offers a free, embeddable download of the ALICE Safety Bot program code on the app’s website, and also plans to localize the tool in various Indian and international languages.

Empowering educators to bring cyber safety into the classroom

As children in India today are spending increasingly more time online, it’s important for them to learn how to protect their information and have good privacy habits.

So, to help teachers prepare their students for a safe, positive experience online, we’re supporting them with the knowledge and tools to bring critical skills into the classroom.

Through reading materials, videos, and activities, our comprehensive online course on Digital Citizenship and Safety gives teachers the tools they need to foster open, honest conversations with their students and teach them strategies for navigating the online world.

The course is available for free, and more than 100,000 teachers are expected to benefit from it this year.

In the last 6 months, over 15,000 teachers from 2500 schools in India have successfully completed the course.

Fostering safety and equality for women online

In India, only 29% of internet users are women. Unfortunately, low gender representation can lead to negative consequences online, including access and identity issues, unwelcome and unsafe experiences, biased machine-learning training data, and continued cycles of low internet adoption among women.

We’re committed to bringing more women online by teaching safety practices and enabling them to bridge the gap in content.

Giving mothers the tools to keep their families safe online

To help mothers keep themselves and their families safe, we piloted the Cyber Moms program in 2017. Since the launch, we’ve trained more than 650 women in two cities about the basics of internet safety, privacy and tools. By April 2019, the program is expected to reach more than 200,000 mothers in 40 cities across India.

Preparing young women to have a voice in the digital world

To help young women protect themselves online, Google partnered up with SheThePeople.TV to launch the Digital Trust Dialogue program. Spanning across 10 universities in India, it offers panel discussions with experts, followed by a session by Googlers on internet safety practices for women.

More than 1500 students are expected to participate in the series of events, where they’re encouraged to share their personal experiences, and to voice their opinions on blogs and articles for the SheThePeople.TV website.

Educating consumers for a stronger, safer digital economy

As India heads toward a connected future, it’s vital to equip users with the basic skills to protect themselves and their data online. As part of our efforts to educate both consumers and government officials, Google has partnered up with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs to launch national train-the-trainer workshops for consumer organizations. These workshops support them with resources to spread the message about how consumers can manage their digital footprint and safely conduct everyday tasks online. To date, we’ve trained over 500 organizations from 20 states on the basics of internet safety, privacy, and digital financial transactions.

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