Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

October 9, 2012

County extension service offers ‘sexting’ seminar

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE —



A free social media awareness seminar for parents and guardians of local school-age children hopes to provide adults the tools they need to protect youths from predators.

Weldon Floyd, regional information technology specialist from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will present SEXting & Social Media: Safety in Our World of Constant Communication begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Jacksonville's First United Methodist Church, 1031 SE Loop 456.

The event, sponsored by the Cherokee County Extension Office, is offered free to parents and guardians from the Jacksonville and New Summerfield school districts.

Students are allowed to carry cell phones and other electronic devices at school, but these items must remained turned off during school hours and while students are inside school buildings, said Marc McCloud, Jacksonville ISD public information officer.

The school district uses the Easy Tech program to meet state requirements under the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills program, McCloud said.

“Students in grades 1-12 receive online training during the year on the topics of appropriate online behavior, cyber bullying, social networking and intellectual property,” he said.

For more information, contact Cherokee County Extension office at 903-683-5416, or email Cherokee@ag.tamu.edu