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India’s latest Web Rangers wow us with their tips to stay safe online

Last year we invited kids from all around India to become Web Rangers—guardians of the Internet galaxy, who help us spread the word about staying safe online. We were blown away by their ideas and the creativity behind all the sketches, videos and apps that we received. Now’s the time to meet the five winners. Drumroll please…

Web Ranger #1 Mavika Boyini
Have you heard of the grandma rule? Mavika explains it like this: If you think your grandma won’t like it, don’t post it! This is just one of her many tips to keep the Internet a friendly place for everyone in the form of a colorful cartoon.
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Web Ranger #2  Vaidehi Reddy puts her reason to rhyme with some simple steps to protect each and every one of us on the net:
Never reveal your home address or personal details,
Never share your password and sign out from emails.
Be very careful when you share your photos,
Never allow illegal downloads!!
Web Ranger #3 Kanish Chugh developed an anti-phishing game that teaches you how to spot fake logos. Bogus logos are often a sign of a phishing site. These are websites that try to trick you into giving them your personal details or other confidential information such as credit card numbers.

Did you think “123456” was a good password? Think again. Web Ranger #4 and vlogger Raviteja Anumukonda teaches us that this is in fact of the most common passwords used on the Internet and can be hacked instantly. He shares four tips on how to create strong passwords — estimates show that one of them could take up to 49 quindecillion years to hack!

“Mr. Two Faces” is a catchy tune sung by Web Ranger #5 Neya Saravanarajan to remind us to switch on our privacy settings for our online accounts. This helps us stay safe from bad guys on the Internet who try to steal our personal details.

A big thank you to everyone who shared with us their brilliant ideas and campaigns to teach others about online safety. With Web Rangers like you out there in the community, we’re confident the Internet will be a better place for everyone.

Posted by Sunita Mohanty, Director, Trust and Safety at Google

9 year old doodles his dream to make “Plastic to Earth Machine” for a greener planet

9 year old wins votes and hearts to become National Winner of this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest
One month and participation from over 50 cities in India, the anticipation has been building around this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition. Today, the wait is finally over. Nine year-old P Karthik from Visakhapatnam is the national winner with his imaginative, thoughtful and inspiring doodle, entitled “Plastic to Earth Machine.” Karthik’s doodle will be featured on the Google India homepage on November 14th to celebrate Children’s Day.

3rd grader, P Karthik from Visakhapatnam, the National Winner of this year’s Doodle 4 Google Contest
P Karthik, who attends Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam, submitted his Doodle around this year’s theme, ‘If I could create something for India, I would’. His creativity and vision towards developing a ‘green environment’ is well reflected through his colorful doodle where he has created ‘Plastic to Earth Machine’ that can recycle and convert all the plastic waste from the country into a material which helps the growth of mother nature.  
All the entries were evaluated on the criteria of artistic merit, creativity and theme communication as well as their unique and novel approach to the Doodle.
This year’s jury, political cartoonist Ajit Ninan and popular creative artist Rob along with the Google Doodle team had a mammoth task at hand; first, to shortlist from the submissions received, and then to choose the national winner and regional winners from across the nation, with each piece of art as competitive and as compelling as the other. The final 12 doodles, chosen by them, were exhibited for online voting and today we are extremely glad to share the final outcomes and reveal the winning Doodle.
We are overwhelmed to see great participation from  talented and creative young artists year-on-year since 2009. With Doodle4Google competition, we aim to celebrate and promote creativity, passion, and imagination in our younger users. The designs for this year’s theme “If I could create something for India, I would” were incredibly creative across all grade groups.
In addition to selecting P Karthik as the national winner, close to 200 thousand public votes helped us determine the three group winners:
  • Grades 1-3: P Karthik, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam for his doodle ‘Plastic to Earth Machine’
  • Grades 4-6:  P Ramya, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan,  Visakhapatnam for her doodle titled ‘Green City, Dream City’.
  • Grades 7-10:  Ashita Sharma, Mother Mary's School, New Delhi for her doodle titled ‘Robots - to transform India’
A big round of thanks from the Doodle 4 Google team and the jury to all of you who voted and helped us select this year's winners. More importantly, we thank all the students who submitted their wonderful entries this year and our partner schools & guest judges - it was incredibly challenging to select the winning doodles from among the amazing entries this year. Please join us in congratulating all participants—they did a fantastic job of inspiring us with their creativity. Keep on doodling and we’ll see you next year once again with an interesting new theme!
Posted by Sapna Chadha, Head of Marketing, Google India