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Righetti High School students will learn to empower themselves against social media negatives on Wednesday, September 9.

More than 1,000 students are expected to participate in the social media education program during three assemblies. The presentation will teach the students about the proper use of social media and how to deal with conflict, negativity, harassment online and maintain a positive digital footprint.

Activity Director Kelley DeBernardi believes the information is invaluable because many students look to others to find their self-worth.

“When our young people hear horrible things on social media, it makes them question their value,’’ DeBernardi said. “They will have an opportunity to learn how to make a change and speak up for what is right and make speaking up cool. They will also gain a greater understanding about how to turn things around, one posting at a time.’’

The event is being put on by “#iCANHELP”, a non-profit organization that has created daily solutions to help students, educators, and parents navigate social media and create positive online culture.

“We need to help our future generation to take action against all the issues that are arising with technology,’’ said co-founder Kim Karr. “Students need to know that kindness is saving lives and it doesn’t have to be anything big – a simple smile or a nice post it note on a locker might be all it takes.’’

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