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Google teaches 'Internet etiquette' to Lowcountry middle school

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By Gregory Woods

LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Many middle and high school students document their day-to-day activities using the Internet.

In the age of social media, teachers at College Park Middle School wanted to teach students what is and is not safe to post on social media websites.

"Our kids do not realize that everything they do is there forever," said Sue Pasqualicchio, a seventh grade teacher.  "And that employers, high schools, and colleges can take that information and make decisions based on what they did in the seventh grade."

To teach students proper Internet etiquette, teachers turned to well- known tech giant Google.

The company brought its 'Good to Know School Roadshow' to the Ladson middle school, which is designed to teach students about Internet safety, protection and settings.

Jamie Hill, the team's spokesperson, said it is important to teach students to set secure passwords that are only shared with a parent or other trusted adult.

"[It's important to] make sure they know how to update their settings so they are only sharing certain things with certain people and also making sure they keep it positive online and that they think before they share," she said.

Pasqualicchio said her personal tip to parents is to turn off the WiFi at night so children cannot be on the Internet late.

Hill said deciding whether to post something online comes down to one question.

"Would you want your grandma to see it?" she said. "If not, maybe it may not be the best thing to share online, offline or via text message."

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