A Queensland maths teacher’s lesson to show just how ‘viral’ the internet can be, is taking off.

Paula Beare from Toowoomba posted a photo of a letter to Facebook on Friday, asking everyone to share it.

“Next week I need to present to the Year 9 students about cyber-safety and I wish to see how far this message will go based on my account’s security settings,” the letter reads.

“Please help me by sharing this message as far as you can.” She adds she wanted to see “Just how far something can go from a small Facebook account.”

Ms Beare’s letter has been shared almost 67,000 times.

Share to help Ms Beare prove her case.

This graphic below is one of the most powerful lessons I think children can learn when it comes to sharing something on social media. All children need to be taught this from a young age.

Comment below.

Image via Facebook

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  • I’m glad teachers are teaching this to students as i often think children never really listen to their parents about cyber safety.


  • So important !!


  • I have seen quite. A few of these shared around. Fantastic idea


  • couldnt agree more. Cyber safety is so important!


  • Cyber safety is so important! It wasn’t anything we had to think about in my younger days thank goodness. I think it’s brilliant how these teachers are using social media to prove a point – even if it makes kids think before posting, it’s worthwhile!


  • Kids aren’t the only ones who don’t understand this – I’m often shocked by what I accidentally see via Facebook.


  • A very important lesson indeed. It is amazing how quickly things can go viral and how far they can reach.


  • What a fantastic idea! I have shared the letter. I hope this proves to the kids how easily things on the internet get out of hand


  • This should be a good example to her students, but I wonder if it will change their behaviour?


  • What I don’t understand is why she says “based on my account’s security settings”. She posted the message public. I don’t see the relation with cyber-safety. I’d understand if it was a message posted just for her friends. And from there see how it could be spread anyway around the world.
    Or maybe she wants then to make a comparison? To explain to kids that you should never post public in Facebook?


  • What a cool idea!


  • It is amazing Ms Beare’s letter reached so many people thru Facebook! Good on her!


  • Very powerful image. I think it’s written in a way kids will understand.


  • this is my opinion but there is so much crap on Facebook so when something important like this comes around, I feel we should all do the right thing and share :)


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