Google, McGovern host Internet safety event at Samoset

 The Online Safety Roadshow: How to Be Internet Awesome program was held Friday, March 2 at Samoset Middle School. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

The Online Safety Roadshow: How to Be Internet Awesome program was held Friday, March 2 at Samoset Middle School. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Google and Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Worcester) paid a visit to Samoset Middle School Friday, March 2 to deliver the Online Safety Roadshow: How to Be Internet Awesome, 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. They covered topics including sharing with care, setting strong passwords, using settings on different websites and apps, identifying online scams, and being kind online.

McGovern participated in the March 2 presentation at Samoset Middle School. He opened the assembly by expressing the importance of online safety to the students, and competing in the password face-off challenge, where students are asked to come up with the strongest possible password.

“Today’s students are more tech-savvy than any previous generation, but we also know today’s students face more online threats. Giving students the tools they need to stay safe online is essential to helping them succeed, now more than ever,” McGovern said. “I’m proud to join Google for today’s Online Safety Roadshow to empower our students and help our teachers and parents to ensure everyone stays safe online.”

Google, McGovern host Internet safety event at Samoset 2

“With students having greater access to the Internet through cell phones, tablets and other devices, it is important that they learn to use these tools responsibly,” said Amber Tillman, a Google spokesperson. “The Online Safety Roadshow: How to Be Internet Awesome teaches students how to be smart and safe online in today’s interconnected world.”

The Online Safety Roadshow: How to Be Internet Awesome is a Google program designed to educate parents and students on how to be smart, 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, including how to create a safe and memorable password, identifying phishing scams, and more.

For more tips about how to keep yourself and your family safe online, visit https://g.co/beinternetawesome.

 

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