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Published February 18, 2014, 08:40 PM

Google talks to Fargo students about responsible internet use

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) - With 2.4 billion people on the Internet right now, Google is telling teenagers that with great power, comes responsibility. Today at Ben Franklin Middle School in Fargo, Google came to town and sounded some important warning bells about online safety and security.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) - With 2.4 billion people on the Internet right now, Google is telling teenagers that with great power, comes responsibility. Today at Ben Franklin Middle School in Fargo, Google came to town and sounded some important warning bells about online safety and security.

The question to teenagers should be, “Who isn't using the internet?” As Ben Franklin sixth and seventh graders streamed into the Google show today, Senator John Hoeven urged them to be cautious in an ever changing online world.

Senator John Hoeven (R-ND): “You all use the internet; Now, how many of you use it safely?”

Google has a special online roadshow that hits schools across the country. The stop at Ben Franklin marked its first time in North Dakota. It's all in an effort to keep kids safe while online.

Jamie Hill - Google: “It is no longer what you talk to your friends about in class, or how you behave on the sports team at school that impacts how people think about you. The information you share and the information you put out does that as well."

The show discusses knowing the consequences of sharing photos online or inappropriate status updates or posts on Facebook or Twitter.

Jamie Hill: "It is important to think about what you share, because any time you share something it can go really far and wide. Sometimes that can be a good thing, but other times you want to be really aware, because it might not be such a great thing."

The Google Team worked with the students on setting stronger passwords, checking their settings and also coached them on ways to avoid scams.

Jamie Hill: "It can be really dangerous to click on those links or give away your personal information, because then they have all of your information."

The message today - what happens online - impacts the teenagers every day, offline

Google has new information available to parents about safety and security online. Click on the Easy Link tab to check it out.

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