PARISH – Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Junior-Senior High School students were recently reminded about the importance of Internet and social media safety from Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes.
Oakes returned to his alma mater to speak with students about the dangers of sharing intimate photos and other information online.
Students learned how to keep themselves safe with Oakes’ helpful “Four Rs” hints: recognize techniques used by online predators, refuse requests for personal information, respond assertively if you are in an uncomfortable online situation and report to a parent or trusted adult any suspicions you have.
Junior-Senior High School Principal Michelle Crisafulli said she wanted to ensure students had a good understanding of Internet safety.
Oakes encouraged students to only post images and information online( using a computer or cellular phone) that they would want their parents and grandparents to see.
He said nothing in cyberspace is anonymous and no files or photographs ever actually go away.
Sharing only appropriate information will ensure students stay out of danger and out of legal trouble, including potential criminal charges if inappropriate information involving a minor is shared.
Students asked Oakes about online accessibility of information and a few students stayed after his presentation to ask him questions.