Ouachita Parish tackles the dangers of social media

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Monroe, La. (KNOE) – The Ouachita Parish Public Library and the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted a presentation and panel to educate parents about the dangers of social media.

Ouachita Parish seeks to educate parents on the dangers of social media. (Source: KNOE)

73% of high schoolers have a cellphone, according to a JAMA Pediatrics report.

Not only that, but the research found one in four high school students are also sexting.

Sexting is one of the topics covered during the event. It’s among other hot topics that could impact a child’s digital footprint negatively, including cyberbullying.

OPSO Lieutenant Eric McElroy recommends parents stay up to date with what’s going on with their children’s phone from the very beginning.

“One of the best strategies that you can develop is to have a zero-tolerance policy as a parent, because your children are they are so private, now. They don’t want you to have their phones, but you have to realize that you are the parent, you are the one that’s paying this cell phone bill. Be as nosy as possible with your child, and ask them what’s going on.”

Aug. 27 is the date for the final presentation and panel hosted by the Ouachita Parish Public Library about the topic.

It’ll be held at 5:30 p.m. at their Main Branch Library.

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