Feb. 7, 2012 – Today, on Safer Internet Day, we proudly announce the launch of a new digital literacy portal, ThinkB4U. ThinkB4U is a collaboration between Google and expert safety partners Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, and the National Consumers League . Together we are tackling some of the biggest learning curves thrown at the average user in a fun and interactive way.
As more of our life happens online, Internet skills are crucial to living responsibly. What are the skills needed to navigate today’s Internet society? How can parents and educators teach themselves, their families, and their communities about important topics like identity protection, fraud detection, and digital citizenship?
To answer these questions, ThinkB4U combines “choose-your-adventure” style videos with resources from trusted consumer safety experts. ThinkB4U follows a family through its daily activities with media use, and examines the scenarios and outcomes of online decisions. Should Nat send that text? Should Grandma buy the ukulele from that online seller? You get to decide the ending.
MITx will offer a portfolio of MIT courses for free to a virtual community of learners around the world. It will also enhance the educational experience of its on-campus students, offering them online tools that supplement and enrich their classroom and laboratory experiences. The first MITx course, 6.002x (Circuits and Electronics), will be launched in an experimental prototype form. Watch this space for further upcoming courses, which will become available in Fall 2012.