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YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago to Host Free Internet Safety Workshops from Google’s Be Internet Awesome Program

April 26, 2019 - April 27, 2019

Mother and child laying in bed looking at laptop screen

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago will offer Chicago families the opportunity to join a workshop for parents to explore digital safety and address concerns surrounding how to raise children in a connected world. Google’s Be Internet Awesome workshops will be offered on Saturday, April 27 at 18 YMCA locations across the Chicagoland area as part of the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day.

Healthy Kids Day is a national initiative of the YMCA designed to promote active minds and healthy bodies for children and families.

The workshop will feature discussion-based, parent-to-parent conversations about how to help children be safe and smart online. Families will learn to teach their children how to communicate responsibly, understand real from fake in the face of phishing and scams, build strong passwords, be positive and kind online, talk about questionable content with their family, and why building healthy tech habits is important. The workshops give parents access to free bilingual resources, answers to questions about online safety and digital citizenship, and information to help facilitate discussions at home.

Parents can register online for the free training or contact their local YMCA for more details. A full list of participating YMCA locations is included below. Programs at the Rauner Family and McCormick YMCAs will be offered in Spanish and English. All facilities will have Spanish and English materials. The Irving Park YMCA will offer a Spanish translator. Childcare will be available at each site during the session.



Friday, April 26, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Elmhurst YMCA only)

Saturday, April 27, 2019, morning (All other locations, specific times here)



Free and open to the public. Register online.



The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago gives children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago the support to help them learn, grow and thrive. Its 27 program and member centers, five resident camps and dozens of extension sites promote academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, and fitness and healthy living through a variety of programs. Its impact is felt every day when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good. Learn about how the Y is working for a better us at ymcachicago.org.


About Be Internet Awesome


Be Internet Awesome is Google’s free multifaceted program designed to teach kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence. The program is available in English and Spanish and consists of an ISTE standards aligned curriculum, ready-made Pear Decks for each lesson, Interland – an adventure-packed online game about digital safety and citizenship, and plenty of resources for educators and parents.


April 26, 2019
April 27, 2019