Facebook unites with SC's AG for online safety

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) With the help of a Facebook representative, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson is traveling across the state, encouraging students to practice responsibility when exploring one of the greatest tools that's revolutionized how people communicate.

"You used to be free to make your mistakes and your mistakes were forgotten," said Wilson. "Unfortunately, in the event of the Internet -- mistakes live on forever."

During a forum held at Wando High on Tuesday, students learned how to make the most of privacy settings on social media sites like Facebook.

"Learning how to manage their online reputation by using our privacy tools and our safety tools can really be helpful to when it comes time to apply for college, when it comes time to apply for jobs," said Brooke Oberwetter with Facebook.

Oberwetter says Facebook users have the ability limit their visibility when it comes to posting comments.

"When you sit down to type a status update, you can decide at the time you're writing that status update, who is it appropriate to share this with and then select that audience," said Oberwetter.

Inside the area where users post their thoughts, there is an image of a globe that they can click on to choose who can view their status updates.

Users can also click on the settings tab on the upper right of their Facebook page to further restrict the info posted by users on their page.

During these statewide forums, Wilson is also warning students about the growing trending of sexting, coupled with the use of explicit photos and videos.

"That is basically manufacturing child porn. If you're under the age of 18 and you do those of kind of videos on your cell, you're committing a felony," Wilson stated.

While the Internet can be a powerful tool to help people in their daily lives, at the same time, Wilson hopes it doesn't give students a false sense of security.

Oberwetter says Facebook makes it appoint to travel around the country, encourage people to be safe on the web. They've been doing this now for the last several years, she says.