Teacher's post on cyber-safety goes viral

Toowoomba teacher Paula Beare wants her students to know the dangers of social media.
Toowoomba teacher Paula Beare wants her students to know the dangers of social media. Facebook

THE power of social media - both good and bad - has been demonstrated by a Toowoomba school teacher.

Paula Beare has set out to show her students just how far a post on Facebook could reach.

She asked people to share her letter "as far as you can" as a demonstration to her pupils.

"I wish to see how far this will go based on my account's security settings ... as well as showing just how far something can go from a small Facebook account," she wrote.

The photo which is going viral. Photo Contributed
The photo which is going viral. Photo Contributed Contributed

Ms Beare will track the number of likes and shares and create a mathematical model.

The post has gone viral and has been shared more than 65,000 times - including overseas - since Friday.

She plans to use the results in a cyber-safety presentation on Wednesday.

Ms Beare is not the first teacher to pull the stunt, with American woman Melissa Bour sharing a post in 2014 about students posting pictures of themselves in bras or with their middle fingers in the air.

The post reached as far as Australia, Saudi Arabia, England and Germany.

The post has since been deleted but copies of it continue to circulate - another important lesson for students.

A similar post by Tennessee school counsellor Julie Anne Culp was liked by millions of people.

The viral post by Tennessee school counsellor Julie Anne Culp. Photo Contributed
The viral post by Tennessee school counsellor Julie Anne Culp. Photo Contributed Contributed

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