ASHFORD, Ala. (WDHN) — Across the country, students are participating in social media trends that are causing harm to other students, causing harm to themselves, and/or harm to property.

Between Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook, kids can access online media at the touch of a button.

Children are starting to enter the world of social media at younger ages.

Schools in the Wiregrass are beginning to teach students how to effectively use social media, and what to watch out for on these platforms.

“Because it’s unregulated and so if a parent is not checking up on a child, kids just kind of have free reign and don’t always make good decisions,” Counselor at Ashford Middle School, Jennifer Johnson said. “So we try to educate them about setting healthy boundaries, be deliberate, and think about their digital citizenship and the footprint that they are leaving. That’s the stuff they are posting is there.”

Johnson also says to consider other people before posting to social media and to be empathetic.