The cautionary story of Allison Stokke, the 18-year-old pole vaulter from Newport Beach, Calif., who recently became the poster child for the dangers of internet media sharing, has led students, parents, and schools across the country to ask, "How can we prevent this from happening?"

It should have been harmless. A five-time national record-holding athlete was competing at a meet, as she had done many times before. A track-and-field journalist snapped her picture and posted it as part of his report on a California track web site--not an uncommon occurrence.

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