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Police, school board to educate parents after students share inappropriate content online

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January 24, 2014 - 11:56 AM

KAMLOOPS - The school board and local police are teaming up to educate parents about youth and social media after inappropriate material was allegedly shared online by students.

School District 73 and the Kamloops RCMP are inviting parents to an information session about trends in social media technology and the safe and ethical use of technology by children and youth.

Jesse Miller, an expert on social media education and awareness, will speak Monday, Jan. 27 in the South Kamloops Secondary School gym. He specializes in presentations designed for schools, educators and parents on a variety of technology concerns.

He covers topics such as: social media safety, youth and mobile technology, social media policy development, social media awareness for educators and school administration and parenting in the social media generation.

“We’ve partnered with (the school district) to bring this speaker in,” said Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush.

The educational component comes after the announcement earlier this week that ‘inappropriate material’ was shared on social media by high school students in the Kamloops area. Police have stayed quiet about the investigation, given the sensitive nature of the material and the fact they are dealing with youth.

SD73 superintendent Terry Sullivan told media this problem has been apparent in schools dating back at least five years, but it's getting worse. Now, they're looking ahead, hoping to prevent the situation from happening again by educating parents. Their underlying message is for parents to have conversations with their children.

The information session takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gym at South Kamloops Secondary School. Reservations are unnecessary, but seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca, call: (250) 319-7494 or tweet: @jess__wallace.

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