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Social media dangers public talk Tuesday at OHS

CL Lindsay will give a public talk on the dangers of social media at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, in the Ottawa High School auditorium.
CL Lindsay will give a public talk on the dangers of social media at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, in the Ottawa High School auditorium.

The Ottawa High School community is invited to attend a talk on the impact and consequences of posting explicit material on social media sites.

The speaker will be CL Lindsay, a California attorney and experienced speaker on the topic of social media and the powerful online world.

The presentation will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the high school’s auditorium. The event is being sponsored by the high school’s Fine Arts Club and booster club.

“There is no doubt that social media has become a major preoccupation for all of our students and many adults,” said OHS Booster Club President Susie Walsh. “While we as parents and teachers are constantly trying to educate and guide our teenagers on the importance of making good choices and the future effects of those decisions, our messages often fall on deaf ears.”

Lindsay, Walsh said, uses a strong message about the legalities and ramifications of online choices and delivers it in a humorous and understandable manner that will captivate and educate the audience.

One message is postings that might have seemed like a good idea at the time can return to haunt the posters with consequential impacts.

Posting pictures, comments, online bullying, accessibility of personal information and plagiarism are just some of the topics he will cover.

OHS students and faculty will be required to attend an assigned session with Lindsay as part of the school's Fine Arts Club Festival.

But the OHS Booster Club — which Walsh said wholeheartedly embraces Lindsay's message — agreed to underwrite the expense of his talk and arranged for the additional presentation open to the public. While there is no fee to attend, donations will be accepted at the door.

“The online world is vast, powerful and impressionable and we are hoping that Lindsay's message will impact our student body, faculty and community,” Walsh said.

For more information about Lindsay visit cllindsay.com/about.

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