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Students on social media urged to just ‘delete it’

Calling it “Delete Day”, the message from students is simple: each student has the power to control what they put on in social media. - Metro Creative Services
Calling it “Delete Day”, the message from students is simple: each student has the power to control what they put on in social media.
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It’s Pink Shirt Day today and this year’s efforts have Richmond Mounties focusing on the world of social media, where hurtful posts, embarrassing photos and friends-who-aren’t-really-friends lurk.

At McMath Secondary, students will be asking their classmates to be upstanders.

“This isn’t just about one day of the year for these students, it’s about standing up against bad behaviour every day,” said Richmond RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton.

Students at McMath will be urging fellow students to delete negative messages on social media during two assemblies they’ve organized for Wednesday morning at the school, at 4251 Garry St.

Calling it “Delete Day”, the message from students is simple: each student has the power to control what they put on in social media, Ashton said.

Richmond RCMP Const. Stuart Gray, of the Richmond RCMP’s youth section, has been spearheading the effort.

He’s asking students to delete hurtful posts on social media sites, delete embarrassing pics from social media sites and personal electronic devices, delete apps that encourage anonymity, and delete friends who aren’t really friends.

“We are encouraging the student to become better cyber citizens,” Gray said.

And if you’re doing something to participate in the effort, Richmond Mounties want to hear about it. Tweet the RCMP about your efforts to “take back your virtual life” at @RichmondRCMP.

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