What’s Right With Our Schools: OLPH Lessons in Cyber Safety

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) – What you post online today can come back and bite you tomorrow. That’s true, even if you were a kid when you posted it. It’s a lesson Ben Tracy learned the hard way. He recently shared his story with students at OLPH.

She says, “Ben Tracy is our speaker today. And he is bringing a message of what responsible social media looks like. He had an experience where he lost a job because of past social media posts. So, he’s sharing that story with our middle schoolers today.”

Ben explains, “A little bit of my background, how I got into doing this was, I had worked in politics got a job with the governor, got fired on my first day when somebody went through my social media post from when I was a teenager.”

He continues, “The message to kids is, it’s my personal story. A handful of inappropriate tweets from five years before when he was a teenager cost him this great opportunity; caused him him guilt and shame and embarrassment for himself and his family, and so that’s the message to the kids.”


Eighth grader Dax Brown says, “It kind of like.  makes me want to rethink of everything I’ve done and recheck myself, and try to change what I’m not proud of in my past.”

Dean Goodhard adds, “We know that a lot of middle schoolers have social media, and here at OLPH our core values are: know, love, serve.  We’re really good about having those those values permeate all we do in person here at school, but we also know these kids are interacting online. So, we want to give them the tools to act responsibly on their social media apps.”

Eighth grader Alex Castro says, “I’m going to be very much more careful in who I’m accepting for my following and Tick Tock and Instagram.”

Ben concludes, “My message is also about the words that we use, and the impact that those words can have on other people, and those words that I used were hurtful, and that’s what I share with them is that that has no place.”


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