CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Krista Kobeski works for Facebook, and even she wonders what it would be like to grow up in today's online world.
Kobeski, a member of Facebook's policy communications team, travels the country to speak to school districts about the social media site's educational outreach programs, particularly relating to cyberbullying.
"I can't imagine growing up with the technology these kids grew up on," Kobeski said at a discussion in Charleston on Tuesday. "It's a motivating factor to ensure we're really building the best tools for a resolution ... and we're taking the time to sit and learn from each of you."
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., hosted the roundtable discussion at the Kanawha County Board of Education on Tuesday to focus on cyberbullying in the state's schools.
Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring and several principals from the county's middle and high schools joined the discussion.
Capito pointed to a recent Florida case, where 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick climbed a tower at an abandoned cement plant and jumped to her death, after police say two of her classmates bullied her online for months.
"My interest really is thinking of the desperation of that young girl ... It seems like another child could've taken it and blown it off, but to be that desperate to do that at that young of an age is just really painful," Capito said. "Technology is changing every day. All the things that are available to anybody that has a personal communication device is just unreal, and I think it opens up the possibility of great things, but it also opens up the possibility of not-so-great things."
Tuesday's roundtable was the first in a series of similar discussions Capito has planned that will focus on the issue of bullying in West Virginia schools. The event was mostly closed to the public "due to student privacy concerns."
"As far as what's going on in Congress with this kind of thing -- really, nothing. I'm just trying to gather information to see where you are all going. I'm not sure this is even a place where you can legislate and stop or prevent these behaviors," Capito told Kanawha County educators.