Google teaches Canfield students about online safety

canfield, ohio middle school visit from Google

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Monday, Google employees made the first of a week-long series of visits to Ohio schools, stopping at Canfield Middle School.

The company has gathered some stats that they hope will show parents and kids how important it is to stay safe online.

For example, Google says that more than half of all Americans location-tag their social media posts and that one in three teens has shared a password with friends.

“Tip one: Think before you share. So helping students realize that what they post online, what they send via text message, might actually go a little further than they intended it to go,” Google Spokesperson Jamie Hill said. “So if they wouldn’t feel comfortable with their grandparents or their parents or teachers seeing it, then maybe it isn’t a great thing to be sharing online.”

Google’s presenters also told the students to use long passwords with different numbers and symbols, which can it harder for hackers to guess. And they encouraged kids to be positive online, because what you post can be traced back to you years later.

“It was really good to re-learn about internet safety, and what could happen,” Canfield eighth-grader Emilia Aey said.

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