Facebook Rep Visits Sussex Central HS to Discuss Cyberbullying
Brooke Oberwetter, who works for Facebook, spoke Tuesday night at Sussex Central High School. (Photo: WBOC)
GEORGETOWN, Del.- A representative from Facebook on Tuesday evening spoke at Sussex Central High School about cyberbullying and efforts the social media website makes to deter the problem.
Brooke Oberwetter works in the External Affairs Department for Facebook. She said the website already has increased security and has a team to help them monitor bullying and harassment online.
"We also want people to know that we need their help in policing what's going on Facebook," Oberwetter said. "So they should use those reporting tools we're going to talk about tonight and also they should be aware of our resources like our help center and our safety center."
Miesha Feddiman said she has been a victim of bullying and the presentation was informational.
"It informs people of what not to do online and what not to say and to be safer on the Internet," she said.
Officials from the Indian River School District said they encourage students to come to them when they have issues with any form of bullying. Preston Lewis, who is the district's administrator for student services, said there are certain pieces of evidence school officials need when it comes to cracking down on cyberbullying.
"We need any type of written report- anything that they can print out from the computer or they can bring their cellphone in and we can read that and that's a big part of evidence that we would need," he said.
Oberwetter said Facebook has an anti-bullying website that helps further promote the cause.
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