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Social Media Mania to teach Mason H.S. teens a lesson

MASON, Ohio (WKRC) -- As the use of social media continues to grow, it's more important than ever to teach teens the impact an online post can have on their future. Students at Mason High School will learn how a simple post can make a big difference.

Social media posts can have farther reaching impacts than many teens realize. They can affect college admissions, future job opportunities and even their peers.

In a recent study, 58% say someone has been mean to them online. 40% say it's happened twice. Many of them are afraid to talk about it.

Defamation Whitney Gibson is one of the people behind Social Media Mania. The presentation was created with an MTV producer. In the program, Gibson uses real cases and actual posts to talk about social media issues, especially cyberbullying. "You're taking a huge risk, frankly, anytime you tease anybody on the internet or make fun of them because all it takes is one person to have that emotional harm and you're gonna be held liable under a lot of laws that are preventing this."

Mason High School freshmen will hear the presentation. They'll hear about simple things they can do to avoid mishaps online. Gibson also advises parents to stay on top of their kids' social media.

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