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Students Learn How to Have a Clean Social Media Identity

 Social media can be both a tool and  danger at the same time.
   That was the lesson for some young people today in southeast Kansas.
     Greenbush Education Service Center partnered with school districts to bring in Josh Ochs, author of  "Light, Bright and Polite", to teach students how to have a clean social media identity. 

 Morgan Maransani  a senior  at Arma high school says, "I have 39 thousand 372 snap chats." She and friends snap chat at lunch. Usually its  silly stuff.  But a message from  speaker Josh Ochs is disturbing to them. 

Ochs says, "Its very easy to  buy another app that's 99 cents and to download the snap chat video then post it somewhere  else so for 99 cents a kids reputation could get ruined forever. They could be cyber bullied.

Morgan says, "The fact that somebody could download it and have it  that's crazy."

Ashley Watson learned a lot. She says, "I didn't  know that  a picture could be tracked to your exact location when you took it, that was completely new information to me. Also didn't know that snap chat, you could download videos from snap chat, that's insane!"
Ochs  teaches kids to be sure what they put out on social media  is light or positive and upbeat, bright meaning smart and polite or something they wouldn't mind a coach, principal or parent seeing or reading.  He also encourages students to make positive comments rather than negative rants. 

Ochs tells students, "They're not gonna know your inside joke and they don't care." He warns students that comments and photos can be misinterpreted and tells them to avoid photos with red solo cups. 

Its a message making students think twice. 

Justin Jackson, an Arma sophomore says, "I should check stuff I'm about to post make sure it makes sense and its not harming anybody I guess."

 Kailey Curtis, a sophomore at Pittsburg High School says, "Maybe I should go look at twitter instagram,  go through them,  maybe I shouldn't have posted that."

Ochs presentation isn't just about what students shouldn't post  but what they should post and how they can create a social media portfolio. 

Ochs says, "If you have a volunteer activity,  even just once a month for an hour  take what you're doing volunteering, take a group photo of that and send it and  say special  thanks to this organization for giving me the chance to  serve either at an animal shelter or in this  capacity.  Employers and colleges like seeing that." 

Ochs even suggests students print all their posts showing future employers how they can use social media in a  good way. He says most colleges and employers are doing their own searches and its a good tactic to be open with what they've posted. 

Ochs is making  presentations to students in Humboldt, Arma, Pittsburg and Girard. 
     He is holding an evening session open to parents and the public. 
     That's Tuesday at 7:00 PM  at Pittsburg High School.

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