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Killeen ISD hosts meeting on internet safety, social media threats

Posted at 4:38 PM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 23:22:56-04

KILLEEN, TX — Killeen ISD cracked down against school threats on Thursday. The district hosted a meeting for parents on internet safety and the consequence of social media threats.

“It is important that students and parents are aware of the potential danger that students face on social media and the internet,” said superintendent John Craft.

A student at Nolan Middle School was accused of making a threat on social media in March. This came shortly after a threat surfaced online against Manor Middle School.

"I just want to make sure that he’s doing the right thing on the internet. I don’t want him to get in any trouble or anything like that, " said Jimmy Phillips, a parent of a senior at Harker Heights High School.

He says he has no reason to believe his son would ever be involved in threatening behavior, but wants to know the facts.

Apps like 'House Party' and 'After School' have become particularly concerning for law enforcement. However, there are monitoring apps like Life 360 that can help parents keep tabs on their child's activity.

"A lot of these social media apps that they need to get on, they have to use some sort of email or password, use a family email account so parents can monitor that activity," said Chief Ralph Disher, with the Killeen ISD Police Department.

In addition to the meeting Thursday, students across all grade levels are set to meet to discuss the presentation.

The meetings aim to break down the latest information about social media apps and websites. For more information from the Texas Education Agency, visit their website.