Students learn internet safety in Google presentation

Reposted from Round Rock ISD Press Release 10/13/14

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October 13 2014 –   With the helps of Google and State Rep. Larry Gonzales., Hernandez Middle School students learned the ins-and-outs of being smart on the web last Thursday at the Good to Know Roadshow.

The Good to Know Roadshow made a stop at Hernandez on October 9 to teach students five tips to stay protected on the Internet during an interactive and engaging 45 minute presentation.

“Middle school students are increasingly connecting more with each other and technology is starting to play a larger role in their education,” Google spokesperson Jamie Hill said. “It’s a great time where they can start developing best practices early on so they’re set up for a lot of success.”

Gonzales, who collaborates with Google while working on public school technology curriculum in the state legislature, recommended Hernandez when the company was looking for a middle school in Round Rock ISD to bring the assembly.

“It’s most important for middle school kids because they’re just beginning to learn how to use these social media tools,” Gonzales said. “They’re starting to get their phones, they’re starting to learn how to share information and it’s critically important that they recognize how wonderful the internet is, but how they must also be very safe and very smart about what they post on social media.”

The five tips are as follows:

  • Think before you share: People base opinions off of what is posted from social media accounts. Job or leadership opportunities could be influenced by what is shared or who individuals share with. Private messages can also be shared and go viral.

  • Protect your stuff: Strong passwords help safeguard information online. Stay away from bad passwords like “12345” or “Password.” Instead, have a password that is at least eight characters with a mix of letters, numbers and symbols. Each new account should have a new password.

  • Know and use your settings: Teenagers don’t always want to share the same content with their friends and parents. To solve this problem, students should get to know social media settings so their privacy is protected.

  • Avoid scams: Don’t respond to suspicious posts, emails or requests for passwords. If it sounds too good to be true, like a free vacation or electronic device, it is most likely a scam.

  • Be positive: Being kind on the internet can lead to making the web a better place. Individuals have the opportunity to make someone’s day with encouraging comments and its up to everyone to make the online community a great place.

Sixth through eighth grade students can access the Internet 24 hours a day and while educators can protect the school from physical concerns, Hernandez Middle School Principal Mario Acosta said it’s nearly impossible to monitor and protect students from the cyber environment.

“One of our roles as educators is to provide safe learning environments for students, and the internet is a learning space for our students,” Acosta said. “We are very grateful and excited to work with a company like Google and Rep. Gonzales for helping organize this valuable tool for our students.”

 

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