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Parents get lesson on cyberbullying & online dangers

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 Shelly Bertsch has two Anthony Wayne grads, and two still in the school district.  She's familiar with sites like Facebook and Instagram, but says it's the ones she doesn't know about that worry her.

"I want to know what they're using, how they're using it and hopefully how to keep my kids safe," says the mom of four.  "I do check their cell phones to make sure what apps they have on them. I figure if I do pay the bill, that's the least I can do."

Parents like Bertsch got a lesson on social media safety Monday night.  The program was planned months ago but comes after the death of a 16-year-old Anthony Wayne student last week that is still under investigation.

"We're helping students that are here through counseling services that we've provided in an effort to support those students who need it and the staff as well," says superintendent Jim Fritz.

A 'Stop Bullying' Facebook page was started on Friday after word spread about the death of Kayla Meeker.  Parents at Monday night's forum say cyberbullying is a huge concern and needs to be addressed by schools, police and the community.

"There's so many people that I think are involved in the puzzle," says another mom of four, Christy Johnson. "It's hard for one person or entity to be completely responsible for keeping track of it."

District leaders plan to continue the social media safety discussion this week with students in the third grade and higher.

"This is an opportunity for parents to listen to a message about how to help their children through this process of technology," Fritz tells 13abc.

Waterville Township Police say the Lucas County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation into Kayla Meeker's death.
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