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School resource officer helps kids learn safe use of internet, smartphones

Helping children make the right choices can be tough, especially considering all of the social media sites many students have access to. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Helping children make the right choices can be tough, especially considering all of the social media sites many students have access to.

In tonight's Never Stop Learning , we met a school resource officer who's determined to keep kids safe.

Did you know with a cell phone or an iPad, did you know that you hold the whole wide world in your hand?

And that' s a big responsibility, along with many temptations from social media sites and apps like Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter.

On Monday morning, Deputy Wes Anders is talking with 4th graders at Avery's Creek Elementary School about how to stay safe on the internet. He says his job is to listen, and make sure they do the right thing.

He also wants to inspire and motivate the next generation.

"You could see like a bad text or something then you should tell a trusted adult," said Kristina, a 4th-grader.

Anders has been a School Resource Officer with the Buncombe County Sheriff's Department for six years.

He was selected as the State SRO from among 825 other law enforcement officers

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