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State Wants to Boost Students' Internet Savvy

ONLINE PRIVACY—GERMANY

August 10, 2010

The government of one German state is embarking on an initiative to educate young people about Internet privacy, Spiegel reports. "Many young people are unaware of how many details they reveal about themselves online," said North Rhine-Westphalia media minister Angelica Schwall-Düren. The initiative will bring privacy education into the state's schools. "Our goal is to convey that the Internet...has risks that students should understand in order to exercise autonomy with regards to digital media," Schwall-Düren said. A similar initiative is underway in Bavaria, where elementary school children are learning about the various forms of digital media.
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