Students at Sierra Verde STEAM Academy learned how to be “internet awesome” during a recent Online Safety Roadshow developed by Google.
The program, which has been touring the country for five years and has presented in every state, was brought to Sierra Verde STEAM April 24 by members of Google and Rep. Debbie Lesko.
Lesko opened the presentation at Sierra Verde STEAM Academy by expressing the importance of online safety to the students, and competing in the password face-off challenge where students were asked to think of the strongest possible password.
“The internet has changed our way of life and keeps us connected,” Lesko said. “As our reliance on the internet evolves — especially for students — it is important to know how to stay safe and protect our privacy while online.”
Two Google employees delivered a 45-minute presentation, which covered topics like using settings on different websites and apps; identifying online scams; and warnings about how and what you should share online.
The program encourages kids to “be positive, be smart and be safe,” and focuses on protecting what they post on social media sites.
“With students having greater access to the internet through cellphones, tablets and other devices, it is important that they learn to use these tools responsibly,” Google spokeswoman Jamie Hill said. “The Online Safety Roadshow: How to Be Internet Awesome teaches students how to be smart and safe online in today’s interconnected world.”
Students were urged to “share with care, don’t fall for fake and secure your secrets.” They also learned that “it’s cool to be kind,” and “when in doubt, talk it out” with a trusted adult.
The roadshow was designed by Google to educate parents and students on how to be smart, successful and safe online.
A 45-minute assembly, it teaches middle school students how to be smart about the content they share online. It focuses on important skills, including how to create a safe and memorable password, identifying phishing scams and more.
The roadshow is also part of Grow with Google, a new initiative to provide Americans of all ages with the skills they need to prepare for work, find a job or grow their business.
For more tips about internet safety, visit g.co/beinternetawesome.