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Attorney General Alan Wilson, Facebook Rep Warn of Online Dangers

Attorney General Alan Wilson, Facebook Rep Warn of Online Dangers

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Experts Warn Students to be Safe Online Experts Warn Students to be Safe Online

Attorney General Alan Wilson and a representative from Facebook, took on hundreds of students Friday, at Legacy Charter School in Greenville.

In a packed auditorium some school leaders said was reminiscent of a church sanctuary, students raised their hands when asked if they used the Internet. Few hands were left in laps. The next question brought far fewer hands to the sky.

Leaders asked the students if they knew how to adjust their privacy settings, or how to set up preferences that could keep others from seeing their information. Many students hadn't heard of these options before.

The experts advised students to take simple steps, like making a temporary password when they log on someone else's computer, learning how to report a hacked profile and learning that some privacy settings change when they turn 18.

Jatavious Addison told 7 On Your Side he's heard of students who have become victims of cyber bullying.

"I've heard that people have committed suicide because of a post someone wrote," he said.

Maria Vazquez told 7 On Your Side that she used Facebook to keep in touch with her family in Costa Rica. She also used it to chat with friends but she said she has received messages from people she doesn't know as well.

"Sometimes there are certain people like older men who want you as a friend, so I stay away from that," she said.

Wilson is a father of two young kids and said his three year old daughter knows how to use his iPhone "better than him". It's a reminder, he said, to make sure you teach your children from the time they're young to watch out for bullying and harassment, exposure to inappropriate content and sexual solicitation.

"I'm not just here to protect you from predators; I'm here to protect you from you. Kids out there don't realize some of the behaviors they use the Internet for are sometimes criminal," said Wilson.

Experts warned students that posting inappropriate pictures can come with serious consequences.

The representative from Facebook also suggested reporting any inappropriate behavior to the web site administrator so they can better track and filter such behavior.

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