SIOUX FALLS, SD -
The spread of a social media site can happen in an instant.
"One friend goes 'Hey, look at this cool thing I found' then an explosion from there, everybody has it,' Sioux Falls student Zach Needham said.
Just like that, another social media site could be in the hands of your child. The Sioux Falls School District recognizes the dangers involving social media and the links to cyber bullying. Tuesday night, they let the students themselves tell first-hand accounts of what is taking place.
"On social media, all those sites, anyone can just get on your profile and say whatever they would like and we are embarrassed that we're getting bullied and we don't want to tell all of you," Sioux Falls student Jamie Isburg said.
"Bullying is out there, I see it almost every day. There's nasty comments, someone's attacking someone, and on a social media site you can tell them to stop but they don't have to unless you block them," Sioux Falls student Celest Reed said.
From the student's perspective, there is not much a parent can do to stop this from happening.
"As much monitoring as anyone thinks they're doing, you can hide anything from anyone short of a police investigator," Needham said.
Now, parents are taking notice of what is happening online and are trying to do anything they can to protect their child from the dangers of cyber bullying, even going as far as accessing their sites without the kids knowing.
"Found a link to Ask.FM, found a girl who had posted nude pictures of herself and is being bullied like you would not believe. She has no idea who they are, from her friends. You wouldn't believe what's going on on Ask.FM," one parent in the crowd mentioned.
The number of social media sites are continuing to grow, but there is still something parents can do to keep their kids safe.
"Everything in moderation is OK, as long as you know what you're doing and you know what you're getting into, and you know what you're consuming," Sioux Falls Detective Jessica Speckmeier said.
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