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State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen speaks to all Wausau School District sixth-grade students during Google's 'Good to Know' Road Show on Sept. 12 at Horace Mann Middle School. The program taught students about Internet safety.
State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen speaks to all Wausau School District sixth-grade students during Google's 'Good to Know' Road Show on Sept. 12 at Horace Mann Middle School. The program taught students about Internet safety.
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Wausau School District

'Good to Know' road show visits Horace Mann

Before nearly 600 sixth-grade students, their teachers and caregivers, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Horace Mann Middle School Principal Julie Sprague hosted Wisconsin's first-ever "Good to Know" school road show, designed by Google to educate kids about how to stay safe online.

"This program has a lot of sound - and common sense - advice that we all need to be aware of in today's digital age," Van Hollen said. "Kids today often know more about apps and connecting with others online than we do as adults, but they're not always mindful of the possible threats. I encourage families to check out the 'Good to Know' program and revisit their online safety plan with their children, much as they would talk about 'street smarts.' The Internet's an incredible tool, but with technology - and those who exploit it for criminal activity - there's always more to learn."

The 45-minute "digital citizenship" program, held Sept. 12 at Horace Mann Middle School in Wausau, was tailored specifically for the age group and emphasized five key tips from Google:

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? Think before you share: 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? Think about these things before you share online.

? 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. Also, help prevent hacking by locking your device and closing screens.

? Know and use your settings: Understand the settings and adjust them on the sites and apps you use to ensure you only share information with those you want to see it.

? Avoid scams: Everyone knows you never take candy from a stranger. The same principle applies online. If someone offers you new shoes, an iPad or told you that you won a trip to Hawaii, you should be suspicious. These could be dangerous ways to lure you in and steal your passwords or even your identity. And sometimes, scammers might try to impersonate someone or something you know. It's called phishing. If it seems fishy, it probably is.

? 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. And if you DO see something that is cruel, unkind or offensive - whether it's on your own profile or elsewhere, feel empowered to report it. All reputable sites online have reporting techniques. Just like you should know where the settings are on sites you use, you should also familiarize yourself with the reporting settings. But 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.

Wausau West High School

Warrior Band presents BANDSTOCK

The Wausau West High School Warrior Band, along with the Central Wisconsin rock band HYDE, will present BANDSTOCK 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The concert will take place in the Wausau West High School Auditorium, 1200 W. Wausau Ave.

The two bands will collaborate to bring a variety of rock hits spanning several decades, including songs by artists such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Bruno Mars.

Tickets are available at the Wausau West Business Office, 715-261-0850, and cost $10 for adults and $5 for children or students with a valid ID.

Proceeds from the event and sponsorships will be used for scholarships for private lessons, new instruments, instrument repairs and supplies, music festivals and competitions, guest artists and clinicians, and to purchase new music to support student learning.

For more information, contact Charlene Kennebeck, Wausau West High School band director, at 715-261-0850 or ckennebe@wausauschools.org.

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