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Books are old-school. Today, students get so much of their information from the web.

“Our students are so technology savvy,” Cuthbertson High principal Kim Warr. “They’re so connected with their smart-phone, through computers.”

While teachers and parents would like to hope teens are researching history lessons or a breakthrough in technology – that’s not always the case.

Susan Sutton is a psychologist from Apex, North Carolina. Today, she was brought here to Cuthbertson to raise awareness to students, faculty and parents on the dangers that social media sites can have and the power behind each one’s fingertips.

“Too often, kids are out there talking to each other and venting,” Sutton said. “Making comments about their teachers, the parents, about people they don’t like – and it affects their reputation.”

It sounds so obvious, but some social media users, judging by what they type, don’t understand that their comments are spread throughout the entire world of cyberspace.

“You have to be careful of what you say,” Sutton said. “Because it’s forever. You can’t take it back.”

And it’s not just a typical Facebook post or personal tweet that has been a problem as of late. The school has seen fake Twitter accounts and websites created for the sole person of high-school gossip – or as some call, beef.

“That’s been happening at our school a lot,” student Andrew McHenry said. “By making the fake accounts you’re pretending to be something you are not…and most of them were mean and spreading rumors or starting ‘beef,’ – that’s what we call it.”

Twitter accounts were created where students could, anonymously, submit the latest gossip to be spread through social media.

The school says that these issues have been resolved with accounts being taken down. Today, was a step forward in the process to warn kids of the dangers behind what they put on the internet.

Gossip has been around since the first caveman was given a dirty look from a cavewoman – and then tried to rebound from his lost confidence by taking a shot at hers.

But cavemen didn’t have Google – and universities weren’t watching from afar. A simple search of social media can be the difference between the school-of-your-dreams, and your safety school.

“Me as a junior going through the college process now, I actually am really going to take into account what Is say, what I do,” student Molly Springer said. “Because I know colleges can see it.”

And with sites like Twitter, sometimes, it’s not just what you say, but what others say, that can affect your future.

“If you don’t tweet something but maybe ‘favorite’ or retweet, even that sticks with you,” student Steven Fusco said.

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