Trying to put a stop to cyber abuse -

Trying to put a stop to cyber abuse

Social networking may seem harmless, but it can turn ugly. "Some kids might think it's just fun and games, but it's not," says parent Twyla Graham.

School resource officer Robert Kegler says, "Things that are said on there are known because of who they're friends with. They're not just thoughts in your head, once they're out there, they're for people to see."

Police depend on people like you to make them aware of threats posted online. They encourage students, teachers and parents to notify them before things get out of hand.

School resource officers are also going on the offensive by checking students Facebook and Twitter accounts. Then, they can track down the account user behind that post.

Kegler says, "There are clues left behind. It is a website, that's a public thing. Sometimes things are more difficult than they appear."

That's why they're asking parents to step forward to help put a stop to the problem.

"If you post an online threat, that can haunt you the rest of your life. Just a simple comment can put you on the sex offender list. You've got to be very careful what you say," says technology consultant John Stamey.

Police are asking the community to stay aware of threats and notify them immediately if people see anything suspicious.

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