The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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February 6, 2014

PISD to host "Be Safe in CyberSpace” assemblies

PALESTINE — Every day, teens post things on social networks that they could live to regret one day. It’s a problem that school officials at Palestine ISD want to ensure their students don’t face.

That’s why they’ve invited Matt Tibbetts, a cyber safety expert with TBG Solutions, to conduct three “BeSafe in CyberSpace” assemblies Story Intermediate School on Friday. They want to arm the staff and students with the know-how to use their smart phones and social networks in the safest way possible.

“Teenagers think they can post anything on the internet and there are no consequences,” Tibbetts said. “The truth is, what gets posted to the internet is permanent. It can be found on a search engine, get spread over social media – it’s not going away, and that can affect their future job prospects or be used to target them for bullying.”

Tibbetts travels all over the state of Texas training school personnel, students, and even companies on the risks of cyberbullying, sexting and how to protect themselves online by using proper internet etiquette. TBG Solutions creates a program that keeps students engaged and gives them tools to be proactive about protecting themselves online.

“Students don't realize that their Snapchats are unprotected, saved in a server and can be copied and passed around school in a matter of seconds. They have bought into the lie that all of their photos are safe so they can send any kind of embarrassing or revealing photos and it'll be ok. That's simply not true,” Tibbetts said. “I love to watch the light bulb come on when they realize that their private photos could get passed around. It is a very bad idea to put anything on your cell phone that you would not want the whole world to see.”

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