CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A group of Charlotte area high school students are spending a week at a very unusual summer camp, courtesy of the Charlotte office of the FBI.
It is a cyber-camp and the idea is to help students sharpen their technical skills in math and the sciences while at the same time teaching them how to protect themselves from on-line predators.
The Bureau partners with area businesses and educators in what is called the Infragard Program that is designed to share information and intelligence with the hope of preventing terrorist acts against the United States.
The dozen students in the program are all on-line at some point every day, and some say they have had incidents involving social media that concern them.
"I get creepy texts from guys, you know, but, like OK, I'm not going to respond to that," said Sarah Gilles who is going to be a freshman at Charlotte Catholic High School.
The President of Infragard, Gary Gardner, said high school students who have smart phones are carrying the internet in their pockets.
He said the purpose of cyber-camp was learning how to be safe on the internet.
"How to protect themselves as they use these things and an instruction on how the FBI investigates crimes using these things," he said.
William Reiney who is a student at Myers Park High School said, "It's trying to teach you how to be safe with different things and how to protect yourself."
Some students say they don't use Facebook anymore because they know their parents follow their posts and check who their friends are.
Many teens have switched to some of the newer social media sites like Snap Chat and Instagram.
Sarah Gilles said, "I am definitely a lot more careful with social media than my friends are."
The students for the most part agreed that they know more about how to use social media than their parents do.