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2017-06-04 12:59 [TECH] Source:Netword
Guide:Social media gives kids power right at their fingertips, Google presentation helps keep them safe U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-12th District) participates in a fun and informative internet safety game led by Clayton Hunter at Brownstown Mi

Social media gives kids power right at their fingertips, Google presentation helps keep them safe

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-12th District) participates in a fun and informative internet safety game led by Clayton Hunter at Brownstown Middle School. Dingell recently took part in Google’s online traveling safety road show at the school. Jackie Martin — The News-Herald

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-12th District) participates in a fun and informative internet safety game led by Clayton Hunter at Brownstown Middle School. Dingell recently took part in Google’s online traveling safety road show at the school. Jackie Martin — The News-Herald

By Jackie Harrison-Martin, [email protected], @JackieMartin22 on Twitter

Posted: 06/03/17, 11:37 AM EDT |

Hailey Kemp, a sixth-grade student at Brownstown Middle School, showed off her internet safety knowledge with the help of Clayton Hunter, a volunteer with Google’s online traveling safety road show. This is the first time the show has made a stop at the school.

Hailey Kemp, a sixth-grade student at Brownstown Middle School, showed off her internet safety knowledge with the help of Clayton Hunter, a volunteer with Google’s online traveling safety road show. This is the first time the show has made a stop at the school.

Give a child a smart phone and he or she practically has access to post and find out information with just a few keystrokes.

Computer and phone savvy youths can connect to just about any website and post practically anything they desire — often times with regrets.

Recognizing the potential dangers in that, Brownstown Middle School recently welcomed Google’s online traveling safety road show to offer students some eye-opening truths about the dangers of posting and sharing information on the internet.

The bleachers were full of students as they listened to the lessons the presentation had to offer.

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U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-12th District), participated in the presentation, even taking part in a quick quiz at the end of the show.

The following are points presenters say are important for teens to keep in mind about their online behavior and activity:

● Online post are forever. Even when posts are deleted, they are never completely gone.

● Anything posted can be forwarded to someone else or a screen shot can be taken. Just because a message is sent to one person does not mean only that person is capable of getting or seeing the message or picture.

● Passwords like 1, 2, 3, 4 and “welcome” are common passwords and are considered weak. Make passwords strong and they should never be shared.

● Statistics show that one in three teens have shared their password, giving others access to post potentially embarrassing things in their name.

● Only about 25 percent of teens utilize the lock feature on their phone.

● When on a website, closing out is not good enough. Everyone should log out of everything.

● Think twice about sharing some posts and don’t share anything negative. Use social powers to say or share something positive.

● Learn the settings on phone and computer devices. Everyone should know how to be protected against access from outside people.

The presentation lasted about 45 minutes and allowed the entire student body to participate using a colored paddle board to agree or disagree with various fun, internet safety questions.

This is the first time the road show has come to the middle school.

Students gave the presenters their undivided attention and appeared thrilled to participate.

The short presentation hopes to go a long way in helping to keep youths safe and secure while on any type of social media.

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