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NC State freshmen get warning about social media

Posted July 21, 2011

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— New student orientation at North Carolina State University now features a warning about social networking. Campus police are reminding incoming freshman to watch what they post online.

Putting too much information online can open students up to stalkers and burglaries, university Police Maj. Jon Barnwell said. He also advises students against sharing their locations and friending people they don’t know.

“If it's somebody you haven't known personally and known face-to-face, you don't need to friend them,” he said.

Students should also check privacy settings on websites like Facebook.

"It is a great way to stay connected with friends and family. It's also an arena where you have predators out there," Barnwell said. 

Taylor Springs, an incoming freshman at N.C. State, relies on Facebook to keep up with friends. 

"You find out what games people are going to, where certain parties are," she said. 

Springs' father, Jack Springs, said he is keeping a close eye on her Facebook page and who she is friending. 

"If you run with good people, good things happen. If you run with bad people, bad things happen," Jack Springs said. 

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Jack Springs said he isn't worried about his daughter's behavior, and she doesn't mind having her parents as Facebook friends. 

"It makes me feel more safe because they're looking at it. They know where I'm at," Taylor Springs said. 

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  • Ms.Manda Jul 22, 4:33 p.m.

    I see people who "check in" at home, and Fb LITERALLY uses a gps satellite (or the like) and it will post their street address on there. I've had people "check in" at my place and have asked them to not so that people don't know where I live. As a 25 yr old single mom, i do NOT need unwelcome, dangerous visitors showing up in the middle of the night.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 21, 7:17 p.m.

    Uhmmm, didn't their parents already do this when they reached age 7-8???

    Boggles the mind.

  • johnny2times Jul 21, 7:06 p.m.

    like its going to matter...kids now-a-days do what they want whenever they want and think that nothing bad will happen to them. Adults are the same way. I hope they payed attention.

  • Platinum Jul 21, 6:44 p.m.

    "They know where I'm at," - do you think N.C. State will teach her not to end a sentence in a preposition?

  • jrfergerson Jul 21, 6:22 p.m.

    This information should be for all people on Facebook. I see people saying: "We are going to the beach for the week" hey folks you just let criminals look up your address by your name and when you get back you home has been robbed. Yall really give out too much information and should be aware of this. These days criminals, rapists and hoodlums are just around the corner waiting for their opportunity to take perhaps your life. Think before you post something on FB of who might be looking.

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 21, 6:07 p.m.

    It is what it is by WRAL standard.

  • mtmello2 Jul 21, 5:54 p.m.

    You no doubt mean that incoming freshmen were warned. "Freshman" is a singular. The plural is "freshmen" as practiced in current American usage.

  • Pseudonym Jul 21, 5:30 p.m.

    OK, I'm confused. Is it NC State freshman (singular) or NC State freshmen (plural) who is/are getting the warnings?