Google’s “Good To Know” Roadshow

Learn the 5 key steps for better internet safety outlined by Google representatives at a presentation to Ben Franklin Middle Schoolers last week.

Senator Hoeven and Superintendent Baesler address the crowdBen Franklin Middle School sixth and seventh grade students and school administrators were joined on February 18 by North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, and Google representatives who led a program designed to educate students, educators and parents on ways to stay safe and secure when using the Internet. The Google-sponsored Online Safety Roadshow is part of the company’s national online Good to Know initiative, created specifically to better educate middle school aged students and their families about web use.

“The Internet has opened our access to the world in exciting and unprecedented ways,” Hoeven said. “This is a good thing, enabling Americans, and especially our students, to become more informed and better educated. While increased access to the web is important and beneficial, we have a responsibility to make sure students have the knowledge needed to use the Internet in a safe way. Programs like Google’s Roadshow serve as valuable resources to help students get the most out of online resources while staying out of danger.”

The presentation by Google Public Affairs Analyst Jamie Hill focused on helping students better understand what actions they can take to stay safe and secure when using the web.

5 internet safety tips listed for audienceThe program featured five key steps Google has identified to ensure students become better aware of potential perils associated with Internet use:

  • Think before you share
  • Protect your stuff
  • Know and use your settings
  • Avoid scams
  • Be positive.

Crowd uses paddles to respond true or false to a question about internet usage.The presentation utilized interactive games with Senator Hoeven and Superintendent Baesler, true/false paddles held up by the audience, and testimonials.

Google designed this program in conjunction with principals and child safety groups, including the National Association of Secondary School Principals and iKeepSafe, focusing on the prevalent use of the Internet among young students who use the web for both personal and school work. An estimated 93 percent of teenagers between the age of 12 and 17 go online, often without adult supervision.

Google’s Online Safety Roadshow presentation at Ben Franklin Middle School was the first of its kind to be held in North Dakota.

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