Both events are FREE BUT LIMITED TO 18 and OLDER DUE TO CONTENT.
For October 15th Drug Awareness here are some talking points:
• Presentations by Sherman PD and Grayson County Sheriff's Office who will discuss what they are seeing in our community drug wise; how parents can identify or see the signs of drug abuse or what these drugs look like; how drugs are all over social media sites and readily accessible; fact that drugs are now more potent in some cases
The GCSO K-9 will make an appearance and do a demonstration
• Lisa Tyler with the Substance Abuse Council will be presenting on alcohol abuse – the new forms of alcohol such as powdered alcohol, how teens are disguising alcohol (ex: in Visine Bottles). She will also touch on the teen challenges that go around social media related to alcohol and drugs. The Substance Abuse Council will also have resources available for parents who want more information that evening.
• Information will be presented on Vaping / THC Oil
• Information on social media apps (and what they look like on phones) of how teens are communicating with each other to obtain drugs and the "street names" for drugs
For the October 22nd Sexual Predator Awareness here are some talking points:
· Speakers will include United State's Attorney's Office; DA Office, Texas Rangers, Sherman Police Department
· Parents will be able to learn about many social media apps and how kids are communicating through those apps, how kids are sending nude pictures, etc. The danger of chatting/ communicating online with people who they don't know (ex: snapchat, gaming devices, etc)
· Those in attendance will hear about cases that happen in Grayson County where children have been lured; how a predator will groom or get to know a child
· We will have tips and tools that you will learn about to help keep your kids safe online; how parents can monitor phones and most importantly WHY you should
· Previous attendees told us this particular one was a wake up call and very informative especially in today's time.
The District Attorney's Office has taken the lead in putting these programs together to educate and provide our community (parents, grandparents, teachers, community leaders) about important issues and what our teens are facing. They have previously held two seminars that were well received so will keep on doing them! Why is this important? Because now more than ever our teens live in a digital world and sometimes you just don't know who you are really talking to or what they are handing out to you.