Himes and Google discuss Internet safety


Google and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes paid a visit to Jockey Hollow Middle School on Tuesday to deliver the Online Safety Roadshow, an online safety assembly developed by Google for middle school students.

Two Google employees delivered the 45-minute presentation, which focuses on five tips for staying safe and being smart online. The topics they covered included thinking before you share, setting strong passwords, using settings, identifying online scams, and being positive online.

Himes opened the assembly by expressing the importance of online safety to the students, and competing in the password face-off challenge, in which students are asked to come up with the strongest possible password.   

“A huge percentage of the instances of identity theft or hacking can be traced to users unintentionally divulging their information or poor cyber hygiene,” said Himes. “By starting with middle schoolers, or even earlier, and giving them the tools to protect themselves, we can make a huge difference.”

Jockey Hollow principal Jack Ceccolini said the presentation focused on educating kids about safer online sharing practices and engaging online in a positive manner.

He said the presentation was well received by the students.

“With students having greater access to the Internet through cell phones and other devices, it is important that they learn to use these tools responsibly,” said Catherine Williams, a Google spokesperson. “The Online Safety Roadshow teaches students how to be smart and safe online through a fun and interactive assembly.”

The Online Safety Roadshow is a Google program designed to show parents and students how to be more successful and safe online. The presentation is a 45-minute assembly that teaches middle school students how to be smart about the content they share online. It focuses on important skills — how to create a safe and memorable password, identify phishing scams, and more.

For more tips about how to keep yourself and your family safe online, visit www.google.com/safetycenter

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