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Social Media Safety Taught in Arkansas School District

SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- A new program has been implemented in the Springdale School District, with the goal of keeping students safe on social media.
SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- A new program has been implemented in the Springdale School District, with the goal of keeping students safe on social media.

"Obviously, you can't be accountable for what kids do at home every night," says Rick Schaeffer, communications director for the district.

"But, you just hope that they've been educated enough that they're going to use it in the right way."

Social media can be a circle of friends simply swapping stories on cyberspace.

However, can kids be certain of who's behind the keyboard before hitting that "post" button for a few pictures?

"When you're dealing with somebody that's misusing the internet, you don't know who they are, you don't know how old they are, you don't know what you're dealing with," Schaeffer says.

School officials want to remind students, when it comes to sharing videos or photos on social media, know who you're talking to and know that whatever you send could end up anywhere.

"Anything you put up, even if you think just one person is seeing it, it's out there for everybody to see," Schaeffer says.

Springdale schools is taking initiative -- grabbing social media by the hashtag -- and passing along helpful hints to keep students safe.

"our library specialists in all our schools...all use a curriculum called common sense media," Schaeffer says.

Librarians teach the program which explains to kids how online networking can be beneficial, but also warns them of when to be cautious -- while connected.

"It's in so much higher use right now so the education process has got to be there," Schaeffer says.

"Social media can be a great tool."


(story contributed by KNWA, Fayetteville, Ark)

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