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Bailey Grussing (left) and Dillon John, seniors at Adrian High School, speak to fellow students about positive and negative effects of social media. Erin Trester/Daily Globe

Adrian students create Social Media Awareness presentation

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ADRIAN — “If you wouldn’t show it to your grandmother, then don’t put it on social media,” said Dillon John, a senior at Adrian High School, during a social media awareness presentation shown to Adrian High School students Thursday.

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“I’ve been seeing a lot of stuff out there such as confession sights through Twitter, and students getting punished for what they’ve been posting on these sites,” said Tim Christensen, Principal at Adrian High School.

Confessions pages are pages on social networking websites which are used to anonymously post confessions by students and alumni of a particular school or college.

“Not necessarily Adrian students, but just in general, this is a growing trend amongst kids and I thought we should brainstorm ideas on how to communicate to students about the consequences of what they post on social media,” Christensen added.

Christensen brought together four Adrian High School seniors to develop a presentation to inform the public of the positives and negatives about social media.

This presentation has been shown to not only high school students, but middle school students and the Board of Education.

Bailey Grussing, Dillon John, Jaden Balster, and Nick Loosbrock created the social media awareness presentation to inform people about the consequences of posting negative things to social media sites, as well as how social media can be used as a positive tool.

“These four kids are great kids; they have been leaders in this school since 9th grade and they’ve done a great job,” Christensen said.

During the Thursday presentation, John and Grussing raised various issues concerning teens with social media today. Topics ranged from bullying, school suspension for negative posting as well as how it can affect college applications and possibly for someone to gain employment in the future.

“If you post something and get suspended for it, that goes on your record and can definitely affect your chances of getting into college,” John said.

The students also referenced last week’s Rogers High School incident, which left one student suspended for two months after posting in the Rogers High School confession site that he allegedly had a relationship with his 28-year-old teacher, which turned out to be completely false.

“This student was captain of the school’s football and baseball teams, and was over all a great student, but because of what he posted, all of that is gone,” John said during the presentation.

Grussing also discussed some of the positive effects of social media.

“Social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family who are far away, and it’s great for networking,” she said.

Even while working on the presentation, the four seniors were shocked at how much negative posting affects a person’s life inside and outside of the school walls.

“I think I was really surprised that you can be punished for just ‘favoriting’ a post or even re-tweeting a post,” Balster said. “Even if you didn’t post it yourself, but you associated with that bad post, you can still be punished for it.”

Currently, Christensen and the students are working together to get this information out to parents as well.

“We recorded the presentation and are looking to get all the copyright things in check before we put it out there, but the slideshows are available to view on our website.

For more information about the presentation, visit www.isd511.net.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

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Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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