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Sheriff’s department cautions students about Internet safety

Published 9:38pm Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department recently gave Dadeville High School students a lesson on the importance of staying safe when surfing the web.

Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Bill Hough gave an Internet safety course to Dadeville High School ninth and 10th graders Wednesday. | Robert Hudson
Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Bill Hough gave an Internet safety course to Dadeville High School ninth and 10th graders Wednesday. | Robert Hudson

Lt. Bill Hough gave a presentation on Internet safety to a about 250 DHS ninth and tenth graders Wednesday to stress the importance of being cautious when using social media.

“It’s important to make all young people aware of the dangers on the Internet from cyber bullying to sexting and predators searching facebook, Twitter and Instagram,” Hough said. “There are people out there that want to harm children, and there are people out there who are trying to find out where they live. By only accepting information from people you know, it helps eliminate the possibility of becoming a victim.”

During the presentation, Hough urged students not to accept friend request or communicate online with someone they do not know in person.

Steps like that, Hough said, can help students avoid sexual predators as well as scammers.

“The goal of the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Jimmy Abbett is to provide these educational awareness programs for the safety of our citizens,” Hough said.

Hough also said students should be aware and selective about what they post online to sites such as facebook and Twitter because potential employers, as well as colleges, could see it.

Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said it is important to make students aware of the dangers online.

“It’s like the drug programs and making them aware of things that could happen from innocently using the Internet and sites like Facebook,” Abbett said. “It tells them about things not to put on the Internet because we live in a social world now. We just want to make them aware of what the Internet can do for them that’s good and what the Internet can do for them that’s bad.”

DHS principal Chris Hand said the program was a good way to inform the younger students.

“We just felt like this was definitely needed, especially with the younger students because they often don’t see the danger that comes with computers and the Internet,” Hand said. “We focused on ninth and tenth graders because of the issues they can face.”

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