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Young (and frequent) internet users get a bit of a lesson on Safer Internet Day

Posted: 7:36 PM, Feb 11, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-11 19:36:42-05

CHELSEA, Manhattan — If used correctly, the internet can be incredibly powerful. It can also be a hub for wasted time, crime, and more.

Feb. 11 marks Safer Internet Day, a worldwide campaign to encourage people everywhere to work “together for a better internet.”

At Google headquarters in Chelsea, the internet company joined forces with organizations like the YMCA and the Parents and Teachers Association to promote safe and positive practices while on the web. Those practices include “being kind,” which have been a mainstay for quite some time now.

From your activity to your security, experts agree when talking to their children about the web parents should focus on:

-Privacy and how anything that gets posted is out there forever.
-Agreeing to those “terms of service” and understanding what you’re giving up
-Being mindful of what you click on as it could expose anyone to being hacked.
-Responsible interaction where bullying should not be tolerated at any level.

According to National PTA member Collin Robinson, it all boils down to one thing.“Its all about the grandma test,” he said. “If grandma were to see this how would she feel? So if you can say yes grandma will be proud of me then go ahead and post it.”