Maybe Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o was a hapless victim of a cruel internet hoax, as he now claims. Or, maybe he was in on the prank involving a dead girlfriend who, as it turns out, never even existed.
In either case, the bizarre story that had the sports world abuzz last week has brought the term “catfishing” into the public eye—and given educators concerned with teaching students about web safety another risk to be aware of.
(This excerpt originally appeared on eschoolnews on January 20, 2013. The article can be viewed in its entirety by clicking on this link.)