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Regional Family, Youth, and Health Task Force meets on Kids & Social Media Cyber Safety

On July 18, 2013, Parents and adults are encouraged to join the Regional Family, Youth, and Health Task Force at Temecula‘s City Hall from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to discuss Youth and Social Media/Cyber Safety. 

This is the third meeting of this task force, and Wayne Sakamoto, Murrieta Valley Unified School District’s Director of Safe Schools, will be the keynote speaker for this event.

Press release that follows by Temecula Outreach states:

This task force is comprised of 24 elected officials from 8 Cities and 8 School Districts spanning across Southwest Riverside County, is committed to providing youth, parents and families information and resources to better understand and cope with modern influences such as cyber safety, social media/bullying/sexting, virtual gaming addictions, mental health, violence, drugs and alcohol.

“We are proactively bringing these concerns to forefront with keynote expert speakers who are informative and enlightening on topics that impact all of us as a community.  This information is intended to help our region now and in the future constructively deal with modern day pressures that could otherwise lead to harmful behavior,” stated Temecula Mayor Mike Naggar.

Murrieta Mayor Rick Gibbs added, “The consequences of inaction are too high to bury our head in the sand.  As a group of 24 elected officials, we want to promote awareness through this Task Force with information to help prevent tragedies in our communities and schools that we’ve seen throughout the Nation.”

The Regional Task Force will continue to meet through 2013 and into 2014 and will ultimately create a resource guide of regional contact information and assistance.  “This Task Force was formed to reach out to the heart of our communities – our families and youth who are the future of our region,” stated City of Temecula Mayor Pro Tem Maryann Edwards.

The Keynote speaker for the July 18th Task Force meeting is Wayne Sakamoto, Director of Safe Schools, Murrieta Valley Unified School District.  During Wayne’s 25+ year career in education, he has developed and conducted trainings for educators, law enforcement, community and parents including Solutions to Bullying and Cyberbullying, Solutions to Gangs, Safe School Planning, Emergency Readiness for Schools, Building a Positive School Culture, School Safety for Campus Security, Youth Development and Popular Culture, and the Internet and Technology as Risk Factors.  Since 1991, Wayne has assisted School Districts with safe schools and violence prevention efforts, conducted trainings on school safety topics; developed school policies and protocols relating to gangs, violence, hate crimes and other school safety issues, and developed and conducted trainings for administrators, teachers, classified employees and parents relating to school safety such as bullying, cyberbullying, internet safety, alcohol and drugs, gangs, youth violence and youth development.

For more information about the Regional Task Force, including past meetings and upcoming presentations please visit:http://www.cityoftemecula.org/Temecula/Government/Meetings_and_Agendas/familyyouthhealthtaskforce.htm.

The Regional Family Youth and Health Regional Task Force is comprised of 24 elected officials from eight Cities and eight School Districts:

■Rick Gibbs, Mayor, City of Murrieta

■Alan Long, Council Member, City of Murrieta

■Mike Naggar, Mayor, City of Temecula

■Maryann Edwards, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Temecula

■Mary Craton, Mayor, City of Canyon Lake

■Tim Brown, Council Member, City of Canyon Lake

■Robert Youssef, Mayor, City of Hemet

■Shellie Milne, Council Member, City of Hemet

■Ross Valenzuela, Board Member, Hemet Unified School District

■Natasha Johnson, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Lake Elsinore

■Steve Manos, Council Member, City of Lake Elsinore

■Tom Thomas, Board President, Lake Elsinore Unified School District

■Jerry Bowman, Board Member, Menifee Union School District

■Kris Thomasian, Board President, Murrieta Valley Unified School District

■Julio Rodriguez, Council Member, City of Perris

■Rita Rogers, Council Member, City of Perris

■Bill Hulstrom, Board President, Perris Union High School District

■Mark Bartel, Mayor, City of San Jacinto

■Crystal Ruiz, Council Member, City of San Jacinto

■John Norman, Board President, San Jacinto Unified School District

■Dr. Kristi Rutz-Robbins, Board President, Temecula Valley Unified School District

■Michael Vargas, Board President, Val Verde Unified School District

■Ben Benoit, Council Member, City of Wildomar

■Bridgette Moore, Council Member, City of Wildomar

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

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