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Obama speech to kids touches on the dangers of.... Facebook?

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The Daily News Leader/Pat Jarrett

(Read caption) Students at Robert E. Lee high school in Staunton, Va., watch video of President Barack Obama's speech to students on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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After days of vitriol, hand-wringing, and the occasional outburst, the dreaded moment arrived: President Barack Obama delivered a speech to students.

As expected, the address touched on big-picture stuff: staying in school, fighting poverty, tamping down on discrimination, setting goals, the importance of critical thinking and working hard. Oh yeah – and social networking.

That's right: About the most controversial thing to come out of the much-ballyhooed school speech was the president's warning on the perils of social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. During a question-and-answer session with students, Obama was asked if he had any advice on getting to the White House. And boy, did he ever.

"Well, let me give you some very practical tips," Obama said. "First of all, I want everybody here to be careful about what you post on Facebook, because in the YouTube age, whatever you do, it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life. And when you're young, you make mistakes and you do some stupid stuff. And I've been hearing a lot about young people who – you know, they're posting stuff on Facebook, and then suddenly they go apply for a job and somebody has done a search."

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