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McLoughlin Middle Teaches Parents About Social Media

McLoughlin staff members said they felt it was important to educate parents on social media and the potential dangers that come along with it.

Posted: Mar 12, 2019 11:11 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- McLoughlin Middle School is trying to help protect parents and children from the dangers of the internet.

Staff, student resouce officers and a Jackson County judge spent Tuesday evening teaching and answering questions about social media safety. 

A new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed about 30% of teens send or receive nude photos. So tonight, one topic discussed was sexting and nude photos.

"If you would've told me that when I became an SRO that I was gonna be telling a 10-year-old girl not to send a nude photo of herself, I would've told you you were crazy," said one Student Resource Officer to students and parents at the event. 

Kelly Racassipour, a Juvenile Circuit Court Judge in Jackson County, said she handles several cases involving minors sexting.

"If you have a picture on your phone that you don't want your grandma to see, it probably shouldn't be on your phone," Racassipour said. 

Minors in Oregon who share nude photos may be prosecuted under sexual-exploitation and child pornography laws. The law says regardless of age, the creator or possessor of nude photos of a minor, may be arrested or required to register as a sex offender. When sexting involves minors, it violates both state and federal anti-child pornography laws.

Shelli Campos, the McLoughlin teacher who organized the event, said she was surprised to see how many parents were interested in coming. 

"Parents, a lot of parents RSVP'ed right away," Campos said. "That told me they really want to learn about this."

Staff at Mcloughlin Middle said they want to educate parents about the dangers of social media.

"As a school we have to work really hard to stay on top of it," Assitant Principal Charity MacLeod said. "And with the cell phone issue, there's no way we can do this on our own, we need our parents on board with us."

Other topics discussed tonight at the school included cyber bullying, online sexual predators and information about social media commonly used by teens.

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