Google teaches teens to keep personal information safe on the Internet

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BISMARCK, N.D. - We're learning that Thursday's Equifax hack could possibly affect 143 million Americans. That includes social security numbers, passwords and other sensitive information.

We volunteer a lot of our information online beginning at a very young age. Friday, Google hosted an event hoping to teach teens Internet safety, while they're still at the narrow end of the wedge.

Seventh-grader Nicholas: "Snapchat, Proseries, Instagram."

Sixth-grader Jovanal: "Netflix, youtube."

Sixth-grader Brooklyn: "Youtube, Musically, instagram."

Just to name a few. These are the apps filling up kid's time and smartphones.

With each one, comes another login and password vulnerable to hacking.

Friday, Google teamed up with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to teach kids at Simle Middle School the importance of protecting themselves online.

"One of the best ways to protect ourselves from intrusion into our devices is to practice what’s called cyber hygiene," said Heitkamp.

So what is cyber hygiene?

Google presentation: "Think before you share. Remember this means that anything you share can be forwarded, it can be copied, it can be found by friends, parents, grandparents, it can be found by people all around the world."

Another tip: what you share online is indelible, and could haunt you down the road.

"What might be funny at 14, 15 ,16 years of age might not be so funny when you're 30 or 40, or to your future employer,” said Bismarck Police youth worker Travis Rau.

Google says the number one way to protect yourself online, is having a secure password. That means at least eight characters long, upper and lowercase, with number.

They also suggest changing your passwords regularly.