Google's 'Good to Know' Roadshow in Hooksett
Instead of using professional speakers or actors to give a presentation on Internet safety at Cawley Middle School in Hooksett, Google had its employees lead the way. (BENJAMIN C. KLEIN/Union Leader Correspondent)
"We need to teach them to use that technology in smart and safe ways is an important message for students because unfortunately scam artists and predators use the Internet for criminal reasons. And part of the problem is they have a better understanding of that technology than we do, but they don't have the same life experience, so there needs to be a back and forth on this between children and adults," Ayotte said.
An official from Google at the presentation said that the company has been developing the safety program for nearly two years, and that its effectiveness is proven because a recent study indicated children respond best to Internet safety warnings in a school assembly situation featuring outsiders because they are less likely to listen to their parents or teachers.
Littlefield added that it is immensely important that Internet safety be taught to students because so much of their lives, whether it's doing homework, talking with friends or playing video games, is based online.
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