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Region 8 middle school encourages "Tech Checks"

(Source: Westside Middle School Counselor's Corner Facebook) (Source: Westside Middle School Counselor's Corner Facebook)
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Amanda Etter (Source: KAIT-TV) Amanda Etter (Source: KAIT-TV)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

In light of two Region 8 teens going missing and authorities found that they were lured out by people they met on social media, one middle school is trying to prevent its students from falling prey to online threats.

Westside Middle School posted a reminder on its Counselor Corner’s Facebook page for parents to check in on their kids’ social media.

It’s called a “Tech Check” and it’s a reminder for parents to look through text messages, social media, and even gaming apps to make sure their kids aren’t talking to strangers.

Counselor Amanda Etter said she sees new apps every week that kids are using to communicate and kids often take what someone tells them on the internet as the truth.

“They’ll say, “my friend,” and then once we dig into that a little deeper, they don’t know that person at all,” Etter said. “They may think that they’re talking to a 14-year-old in Jonesboro, and so we talk about how that may not really be a 14-year-old in Jonesboro.”

Etter said they’ll continue to post Tech Check reminders for parents and talk about internet safety with the kids at school.

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