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BATON ROUGE - Social media has changed the way many people interact on a daily basis. Sites like Facebook and Twitter is a great tool for communication, but it can also act as a gateway for cyberbullying and threats.

This week, police arrested 18-year-old Kyle Blackburn after they said he posted tweets threatening the Silliman Institute in East Feliciana Parish. It was a school administrator who took action and notified the proper authorities.

Schools are no stranger to monitoring sites like Facebook and Twitter to keep their students safe, especially in East Baton Rouge Parish. Administrators there say they follow the "see something, say something" rule.

"They either contact the head of security and determine it a school matter or a school behavior matter, or a matter of authorities," said Communicantions Director Susan Nelson.

Behind the scenes at EBR Schools, a team of engineers in the Department of Technology Services monitor the use of websites on over 30,000 computers and Internet-capable devices used in the district. The technology reveals who is accessing the site, what location and at what time.

Nelson says not every site can be monitored from school, and they also need the help of parents to keep their students safe.

"Everything starts at home," said one parent. "From there, it stems with peers, peer pressure, and then to the school. If you're not aware of what your child is engaged in, it can effect their livelihoods, and other people's livelihoods."




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