Ascension public schools are partnering with Innocent Eyes, a nonprofit organization, to provide Internet safety and cyber bullying awareness to students and parents.
Throughout the semester, Innocent Eyes will give presentations to all middle and high school students and conduct four evening sessions for parents throughout the school district, a news release said. Sponsored by Cox Communications, the presentations are grouped by high school feeder systems and began in Donaldsonville last week.
“It is important that our students understand how to protect themselves from online predators,” said Patrice Pujol, Ascension Parish public schools superintendent. “We are fortunate to partner with Innocent Eyes founders Chris Duff and Toby Aguillard for this purpose. As former special agents of Louisiana’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, they are uniquely qualified to deliver these messages to our students and parents.”
Aguillard is a former assistant attorney general and former commander of Louisiana’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He has investigated and prosecuted hundreds of online child exploitation cases and is a certified law enforcement instructor
Duff is a former special agent with the Louisiana attorney general’s High Tech Crime Unit and a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Parent presentations will be Jan. 26 at East Ascension High School, with a 6 p.m. session for Central Middle School parents and 7 p.m. for East Ascension parents.
At St. Amant High School, middle school parents can attend a presentation at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 and high school parents are invited to a 7 p.m. session.
Parent sessions are set for Feb. 25 at Dutchtown High School. Middle school parents can attend at 6 p.m. and high school parents, 7 p.m.
For information about Innocent Eyes, visit www.innocenteyes.org.