On Wednesday, August 25, Google announced an upgraded Google Safety Centre in eight Indian languages, as well as an online safety-focused initiative called “Be Internet Awesome” for children in the nation, during the virtual Google for India event. The software, which is currently available in several international markets, features an interactive experience dubbed “Interland” that teaches youngsters the basics of internet safety as they play free arcade games. The Internet behemoth also announced a collaboration with Amar Chitra Katha, an Indian comic book publisher, to deliver online safety material to eight Indian languages in the form of iconic comic book characters. Google’s latest offerings are targeted at improving Internet security for Indian customers.
The new Google Safety Centre is intended to serve as a single location for users to learn about digital safety and safeguard their accounts. It also features the ‘My Activity’ portal, which allows users to examine, modify, and remove the actions that have been stored to their Google accounts in order to increase security. According to Google, Indian consumers visited the ‘My Activity’ area over a billion times in the first half of 2021 alone.
Along with the improvements, the redesigned Google Safety Centre now supports Indian languages. The Safety Centre is currently available in Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, and Telugu, with Bengali, Tamil, and Gujarati coming later this year.
In addition, Google created the ‘Be Internet Awesome’ initiative in English and Hindi to help children, families, and educators in India understand the fundamentals of online safety. The software also features the ‘Interland’ experience, which is essentially a collection of games designed to teach youngsters about internet safety and how to protect sensitive information, outsmart online bullies, and recognise what’s genuine and what’s not.
To assist educate the public about digital safety measures, the gamified experience will be expanded to Amar Chitra Katha’s famous series in eight Indian languages.
“With rising user adoption and digital connectivity’s importance to India’s economy, we can’t take the Internet for granted,” said Vint Cerf, Google’s Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist. “Since the outbreak of the pandemic, there has been a greater need to improve the internet and its applications’ overall safety and security, dependability and privacy, and general resilience.”
Sameer Samrat, Vice President of Android and Google Play, also announced the upcoming JioPhone Next as the first in its category to offer “premium phone capabilities,” “solid framework of safety and security,” “latest Android releases and security updates,” and “Google’s world-class security and malware protection” during the virtual event. On September 10, the smartphone unveiled in collaboration with Google and Jio will be available for purchase.
Google also stated that it has “significantly” increased the size of its Google Play support teams in the nation in order to better collaborate with its partners and consumers on a variety of issues, including user safety.