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WAUSAU (WAOW) -

Google came to Wausau on Thursday along with a top state government leader, all to teach students how to be safe online.

It seems like each generation is more tech savvy than the last. But on Thursday, Wausau sixth graders were reminded of the most basic online skill - Internet safety.

About 600 students piled into Horace Mann Middle School. Google and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen put on the "Good to Know" road show.

Students learned about avoiding scams, checking their profile settings, and posting positive content.

A few students even challenged the attorney general to come up with the strongest password. But Van Hollen's passwords ended up being examples of what not to do.

Van Hollen invited students to go home and teach their parents what they learned today.

"Most of these kids, frankly, know more about how to protect themselves or use technology than we as adults do but it's very important for parents to know as well so they can watch over their kids...so they can watch over their passwords...so they can check on their settings to make sure they're protecting themselves. It's one of the reasons I encourage these kids to go home an share with their parents," said Van Hollen.

Event organizers stressed thinking before sharing. They said it's important to ask yourself how you'd feel if your post went public.

The Google 'Good to Know' road show is visiting schools across the country. But this was its first stop in Wisconsin.

 

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