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As school year begins, students take cyber precautions

Casey Torres
August 14, 2018 06:40 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — On Tuesday – the second day of classes for most students – sophomore Reed Pulliam was excited about the typical things.

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Joining sports and meeting new friends at the Digital Arts & Technology Academy were top priorities, as they would be with any teenager. 

“There’s a lot of interesting characters at DATA," he said. "It’s a great school to be in, and it’s just fun to be around."

But these days, school isn’t the only place to meet people. Kristin Reeder, a counselor at DATA, said social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat can be dangerous places.

“There’s cyberbullying, there’s predators that are out there,” Reeder said.

She said because all the victims speak out, parents and teachers need to look out for potential signs.

“Some of the things where you might be able to recognize there’s a problem would be if they are shut down, or don’t want to talk when normally they do,” Reeder said. “But sometimes it presents itself more as in being irritable and crabby and angry, or (having) trouble sleeping.”

Students say there are ways to shut bullies and predators out.

“I think there’s always that possibility of blocking, or even with some accounts you can have private ones. So you can decide who can see your content and who can comment on it,” said senior Illyanna Chaves.

Chaves said teens can also decide who messages them and decide if they want to accept that message.

Reeder said a school’s IT personnel can help students set up the best privacy settings on their social media apps.

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