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Massapequa Students Teach Parents Social Media Safety

High School hosts social media forum.

From left: John Yevoli,  Ryan Catapano,  Kristin Ader, Mackenzie Conkling, Linie Li and  Courtney Conkling. Photo: massapequa Public Schools
From left: John Yevoli, Ryan Catapano, Kristin Ader, Mackenzie Conkling, Linie Li and Courtney Conkling. Photo: massapequa Public Schools
Parents of Massapequa students who are concerned about their activity on social media, got a lesson on the dangers from students themselves.

Massapequa High School hosted a Social media forum recently at the school's cyber cafe.

Parents attended 20 minute classes hosted by a student government organization. Some learned some things they didn't know about sites such as Facebook.

"Many parents didn’t realize that their children can block them from certain posts on Facebook, even though they are ‘friends’ with them,” said Matt Spinelli, a junior who spoke about the site.

Other classes warned about posting inappropriate photos on Social media sites, saying they can still be found on servers even if they've been dleted.

One site that was criticized was Ask.fm, a question and answer platform that allows members to post anything they want without being identified.

“If your child has Ask.fm, try to understand why your child has it and what they are doing with it and then try to urge your child to get off of it, rather than demand that your child close their account,” said  Jenna Petrungaro, another one of the presenters.

Students are planning to deliver a similar program to 7th graders at Berner Middle School next month.

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