In this day and age technology seems to be taking over. For St. Joseph High School students, it's taking over the classroom, as well.
Every student has his or her own laptop and its all part of a one-to-one laptop program. The students use the computers during the day and take them home at night, but the school has filters to monitor them.
Those filters keep track of what the students are looking at and block certain sites, so it’s the personal devices that you have to watch out for.
“As soon as the bell rings at 3:15 you see them whip their cell phone out and start texting and calling and making arrangements for the evening,” says St. Joseph High School Technology Director, Ben Davidson.
With cell phones and computers kids have access to everything, but that means other people can have access to them.
“Somebody is getting a hold of your pictures like Dawson Andrew Taylor who really shouldn't have them. And then Dawson gets back to you and says, ‘I understand you go to St. Joe High School, if you don’t do a,b or c, I am going to put your picture on St. Joe's Facebook page’,” says St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Investigator, Eric Tamashasky.
The high school brought in a cyber-crimes investigator Wednesday to talk to the students about internet safety.
Some students knew some of the information.
“I knew like, not to make stupid easy passwords and I knew never to like, post any bad pictures of yourself or send them,” says Senior, Sean O’Brien.
“Probably the posting about going on vacation or the phone number on Facebook,” explains Junior, Kayli Torres.
Other things they didn't know.
“The really eye opening thing for me was the not 100 percent safety no matter how much you try, you're never going to be completely 100 percent safe,” continues Torres.
“The snap chat that like, I always thought the pictures were there for like three seconds and then they were gone. I didn’t know they were being saved,” says O’Brien.
But, one of the biggest issue circling schools today, cyber bullying.
“Cyber bullying is a much worse problem than simple bullying. When I was a kid, bullying took place from like 8 to 3:30. When then the last bell rang, that was when the bullying ended. Now that we have smart phones and iPhones and iPads and all of those kind of devices, the bullying is 24/7, 365, it’s ubiquitous, they can’t escape it,” adds Tamashasky.
The St. Joe County Police Department recently re-opened their cyber-crimes unit, with a goal of tackling the problem.
Now, parents keep your eyes open because officials say there can be signs if your son or daughter is being bullied.
If they are always on the internet then suddenly aren't ask them what's going on.
Save the evidence that your child is being bullied. Officials say many people think they are anonymous but everything can be traced.
Look at what kind of apps your kiddos are downloading and if you don't know what it is or what they do, Google it.
And again, communication is key.