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Program helps keep kids safe online: Our View

3:51 PM, Sep. 13, 2013  |  Comments
A new presentation prepared by Google offers tips on safe Internet use.
A new presentation prepared by Google offers tips on safe Internet use.
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The Internet connects us to the world and gives us opportunities to learn, play and connect as we never have before. But as we all know, the tool also comes with risks to adults and minors alike.

On Thursday, state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen hosted a school road show in Wausau designed by Google as a way of promoting safe and healthy ways of navigating the digital world.

Some highlights, as shared in a statement by Van Hollen:

? Think before you share. "What you share and with whom you share it can end up saying a lot about you. If something you shared privately became public, how would that make you feel? And how might it affect how others think about you if they saw it?"

? Protect your stuff. "Set strong passwords on your accounts to safeguard your information, and don't share those passwords with anyone, unless it's a parent or trusted adult."

? Avoid scams. "Everyone knows you never take candy from a stranger. The same principle applies online. If someone offers you some new shoes, an iPad or told you that you won a trip to Hawaii, you should be suspicious."

? Be positive. "Only post, comment or forward something, if you wouldn't mind someone doing the same to you. Because even small quick actions online can have a lasting impact. Keeping it positive online is a great way to avoid having to use reporting settings, and a great way to encourage others to be kind on the Internet as well."

That is some good advice for all of us, not just those in school.

Enjoy the bounty of harvest time

This is the time of year when the local farmers markets fill up with the awe-inspiring bounty of the growing season. That means tasty produce of all sorts: juicy red tomatoes and dark purple beets, squash and zucchini and green beans and leafy greens and so much more.

If you are one of the thousands of people who make it a habit to hit the region's farmers markets, then you don't need reminding. But if you have not made it a point to seek out fresh produce lately, this is the time to make a point of doing it.

Besides the self-evident benefits of being delicious, cheap and healthy, there is a real value in restoring a sense of connection to the food that comes from the places we actually live, grown by people we can talk to and get to know.

The basic message that there's a value in eating fresh, locally grown food and cultivating a connection to where your food comes from is certainly one that most of us could stand to hear.

And, wow, those green beans. Those tomatoes. Those beets.

Welcome, Fall Ride

The Tomahawk Fall Ride is a massive party each year, a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and a significant economic driver for the Northwoods. We welcome all the bikers who will rumble through central Wisconsin on their way to the event outside of Tomahawk.

We've come a long way since "The Wild Ones" stereotypes of bikers out to terrorize small-town denizens. We know motorcycle enthusiasts include all sorts of people, and that is in evidence at every Fall Ride.

So have a party, take a ride, make some noise and spend some money, bikers. We hope you enjoy the Northwoods as much this weekend as many of us do all year long. Here's to a safe and fun Fall Ride.

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