Google teaches web safety to Portland students

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Google calls it "driver's ed for the Internet."

It's a new program this year going around the country to schools, teaching students about how to keep their information safe online.

Google representatives made a stop at George Middle School in North Portland on Wednesday.

About 300 students attended as Google employees demonstrated the importance of strong passwords, not sharing passwords, and the understanding that most of what you post or share may be shared without you knowing.

Google reports more than 90 percent of teenagers are online. Being smart about how they spend their time is the key to cyber safety.

"We ask students to do 'the grandparent test'. We ask students, 'What you post online would you want your grandparents to see it?' If the answer is 'no', then it's not a great thing to be sharing," Jamie Hill, a spokesperson for Google told KATU.

Google's advice for students included the following tips:

1. Think before you share. If something you shared privately became public, how would that make you feel?

2. Protect your stuff by creating strong passwords and not sharing those passwords with anyone.

3. Know and use your settings for all sites where there are posts, geo-tagging, photo uploading, profiles, etc.

4. Avoid scams. Approach any offer that sounds to good to be true with caution. If it sounds fishy, it probably is.

5. Be positive. You should 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.