Melissa High School students were cautioned about internet dangers and provided safety tips last week during a half-hour presentation by special agent Jason Mitchell, sponsored by the Melissa High School PTO.
Mitchell, who works for Homeland Security’s Child Exploitation Group in Dallas, spoke to Melissa parents last month during a Melissa High School PTO meeting. Due to positive feedback, the PTO and high school administration arranged for Mitchell to return during the school day to speak to students in grades 9-12.
Mitchell shared case examples from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and encouraged students to “think before you post” on social media websites and apps such as Kik, Snapchat, Instagram, and MeetMe. He emphasized acting with caution online, not only because employers and postsecondary institutions do social media research, but also for students’ safety, due to possible encounters with online predators.
Students who believe they might be in a dangerous situation can report an incident directly to their school counselor, online at www.cybertipline.com, or by phone at 1-800-THE-LOST.
Media Contact: Maddie Coe, Community Relations