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Children First: Facebook ethics lesson all too real for Rapid City Bieber fan

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Teaching your children ethics isn't the easiest jobs in the world, and now there's the world of the web you need to be concerned about as well.

Ethics are defined as the moral principles of a group of people.

"In school, we teach math and literature and all these important topics, but sometimes we don't teach day to day stuff, you know ethical decisions, how to treat people and just how to be nice," said speaker and Rapid City Police Sergeant Brian Blenner.

At Junior Achievement Day, a day dedicated to teaching students ethics, speakers and teachers make sure Facebook is a hot topic.

"Facebook is a scary thing," said Assistant track coach Royce Wuertzer. "It's a great way to communicate with friends and family and find people, but it can also be something that can ruin your life too."

Senior Marissa Burritt can testify to the power of a Facebook comment. After asking Justin Bieber to prom on Youtube she received some publicity on the KOTA Mytown website, and then the Facebook comments came pouring in.

"People are like calling me names and I don't know; I just don't understand how it affects their life," said Marissa.

Some comments went as far as to suggest Marissa would probably commit suicide if Bieber said no. "It's ridiculous," said Mytown Editor Jack Siebold. He said people's reactions to the story floored him.

 But Marissa doesn't let the comments get under her skin. "I pretty much feel the same about everything," said Marissa. "I hope he says yes that's all I got to say."

"It was a gang of six who beat up on a 17 year old girl on KOTA's Facebook page and that 17 year old girl was a lot more mature than those adults," said Siebold.

Just remember anything you post on Facebook is public and permanent. "My mom always says never put your phone number or your address on there, if you say it online it can't be deleted and it's there forever, don't say something you can't say to someone," said Marissa.

All of which is advice given to students on Junior Achievement Day.

To see Marissa's story visit out Mytown page at http://mytown.kotatv.com/.

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