Community Education Coordinator Brenda Southwick said every student in the middle and high school would attend an assembly that day to learn about how to protect themselves on the Internet, focusing especially on social networking Web sites like Myspace.com and Facebook.com. Karen McCuiston of Murray State University’s Kentucky Center for School Safety will be giving the lectures and Southwick said that both schools would be split into two sessions each so they could all fit into the high school’s Little Theater. She said that even though it would be more efficient to have it in one of the gyms, McCuiston’s talk to more effective in a more intimate venue, which would allow for a better connection with the audience. A day or so prior to McCuiston’s talk, students will be asked to answer a 10-question survey about their Internet usage so that she has an idea of their awareness, Southwick said.
Southwick said that students need to realize how vulnerable they become when they put certain personal information about themselves on the Web. The lecture is not attended to stir up fear, but is merely intended to make students and their families aware of the sort of things that can be found online. Southwick said that in her own training, she was shocked at some of the things children reveal about themselves on social networking sites.
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