Area students learn about dangers of social media


January 5, 2023

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Social media awareness • Dave Gomez, a law enforcement veteran and school resource officer visited area schools, including Summerland Public School, in December to discuss dangers of social media. The event was paid for, in full or part, by North Central District Health Department through a Drug Free Communities Grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Holt/Boyd Community Connections Coalition and The Holt/Boyd Community Connections Collaborative through a Rural Full Service Community Schools Grant sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education and the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation.


"You didn't grow up, you gave up."

This is Officer Dave Gomez's reply to youth citing "growing up" as an excuse for misusing the internet, alcohol and drugs. The response should be mirrored by everyone discussing the health and wellness of youth.

On Dec. 12 and 13, North Central District Health Department and the Holt/Boyd County Collaboration brought Gomez to 10 areas schools in Holt and Knox counties. Gomez, a 13-year Idaho law enforcement officer veteran and 10 as a school resource officer, presented "Dangers of Social Media" to sixth- through 12th-grade stude...

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