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Blogging in the areas of: STEAM/STEM instruction, Social Media Safety, Bullying/Cyberbullying Prevention. Sharing experiences as an instructor at Edward Waters College teaching Educational Technology infused with STEAM, Blogging and Social Media platforms. As a professional educator and parent I want to make sure I cover information that is relevant to parents, engaging in real world situations and application. Teaching over 25 years and speaking nationally, blogging internationally about safety and security on Social Media platforms and helping youth and teens overcome Bullying and Cyberbullying threats. Blogging on integrating Social Media in Ministry... and in every day life. Follow #MyQuestToTeach on Twitter - Facebook - Instagram - Tumblr - YouTube
EWC and DCPS Student to Speak at TEDxFSCJ Salon

EWC and DCPS Student to Speak at TEDxFSCJ Salon

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EWC and DCPS Students to Speak at TEDxFSCJ Salon

The opportunity to speak at a TEDx event is a great
honor and an awesome opportunity to share learning
that changes the paradigm of the intellectualism of teens
and young adults when talking about technology and applying
tech to influence changes in society.
TEDxFSCJ has been ongoing, providing great content
for discussions and actual application.

The national and global discussions provided by
diverse speakers enable those selected to share
their experiences, knowledge and passion in diverse
disciplines in fields such as medicine, science,
technology, religion, politics and engaging in the
area of thought leadership, unexplored creativity and
innovation.

TEDTALKS and TEDx are different entities, the
opportunity to share information and establish
connections are powerful. Selection is highly
respected and offers the chance to grow intellectually
because of the platform of engagement and collaboration
on multiple levels. TEDx are independently run
discussions.

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Johnathan Gregory a student at Edward Waters College
majoring in  Elementary Education and a proud member
of “Call Me Mister” program and Elisha Taylor a student
attending  Kirby Smith Middle School are both provided
the honor of being presenters at the upcoming
TEDxFSCJ Salon.

Each showing leadership abilities in their academic,
community service and application of the use and
integration of technology.

Mr. Gregory is not just a student at the historic
Edward Waters College, the oldest HBCU in Florida,
he is employed with TEAM UP at Pickett Elementary
School where he is involved in teaching, mentoring
and helping to build young minds for the future.
He has participated in several tech conferences in
Florida sharing his growing experience and skills
as a future educator and thought leader.
EdCampNABSE (Tampa, Florida,)  “TIGERTALKS
Experience” at Edward Waters College (Jacksonville,
Florida), WordCamp Conference (Philadelphia, Pa)
and other tech conferences.
Mr. Gregory is a proud graduate of The Bolles School
and attended Duval County Public Schools in his
elementary and middle school years.

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Elisha Taylor III an honor student at Kirby Smith
Middle, a Magnet School focusing on
STEM – Science Technology Engineering Mathematics.

Mr. Taylor has participated in several technology
conferences as well and attended TEDxFSCJ. Gaining
experience in speaking about and applying his
passion for technology that he has gained from school
and attending conferences like Florida Heritage
Book Festival (St. Augustine, Fl), EdCampMagic
(Orlando, Fl), WordCamp (Jacksonville, Fl.) and
technology Meetups.
Mr. Taylor is influenced by the speaking and presentation
abilities by his father the Senior Minister of Northbound
Church of Christ in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mr. Gregory and Mr. Taylor are
mentored by educator , blogger and professor
William Jackson a teacher with Duval County Public
Schools and professor at the historic Edward Waters College.
Prof. Jackson a blogger and speaker himself travels
nationally to tech conferences and involved in his
community.
Professor Jackson takes students on field trips
encouraging them to not only attend, but to
contribute to the discussions at conferences,
workshops and meetups. Learning, contributing and
applying the integration of technology as students
grow in knowledge and abilities.

This creates changes from teacher centered to student
centered learning and providing increased hands-on
opportunities for collaboration and application
to real world experiences and future careers.
TEDxFSCJ Salon theme is
“Our Digital Leaders of Tomorrow”
http://tedxfcsj.com

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Resources:
Jon Gregory:
Instagram @indo_jon
Twitter @Indo__Jon
William Jackson:
Twitter @wmjackson
Instagram
@williamdjackson
Dr. Jose Lepervanche
Twitter
@DrLepervanche
Instagram
@drlepervanche
Florida State College
Twitter
@TEDxFSCJ

Web
tedxfscj.com

 

Parents Is Your Child Sexting and You’re Paying the Bill

Parents Is Your Child Sexting and You’re Paying the Bill

Parents Is Your Child Sexting and You’re Paying the Bill?
by William Jackson, M.Ed. @wmjackson
#MyQuestToTeach

Parents expand the talk about
bullying into the area of Sexting
to make sure your child understands
that Sexting is a form of digital porn.
One in five tweens/teens/young adults’
maybe risking prison because of
sending and receiving child pornography.
This includes risking being labeled
as a sex offender or sexual predator
because of distributing
nude or semi nude pictures of themselves or others under the age of 18.

Cell phone technology has contributed to the ability to send pictures and video
that normally would not be accessible and shareable. Youth and teens have learned
the empowerment and engagement of technology, applying it inappropriately
because of immaturity; the thrill of sexual activity and peer pressure.

Parents need to understand that teens with cell phones are not restricted from
sending, receiving or further distribution of nude or semi-nude pictures on Social Media.
If a youth willingly or unwillingly is photographed partially nude, semi-nude or totally
nude that is under 18 and those pictures are distributed electronically it is against
the law.

Even though the circumstances may seem trivial the results can be devastating to
a young person and their reputations within school, community and even where they
worship religiously are damaged, their reputations can be destroyed.
This is a digital age of E-reputations and E-personalities that are important and need to
be protected and managed.
Surveys have shown that teenagers and young adults surveyed by the National
Campaign to Prevent Teenage and Unplanned Pregnancy and CosmoGirl.com found
that 25 percent of teenagers and 36 percent of young adults ages 20 to 26 said they
had sent or posted nude or semi-nude photos of themselves.

This survey may seem hard to believe, the information holds true and seems to be
growing because of the increase in cell phone use by tweens, teens and young adults
is growing. The power of wireless technology has increasingly caused problems for
parents, schools and law enforcement because of the increased ability to send and
receive information on multiple platforms and even in Apps.

Additional surveys have shown parents and guardians that tweens, teens and young
adults should never be underestimated or perceived as naive or technology illiterate.
Teens teach each other new tips and tricks, the latest skills, hacks, hints and codes
that allow for more flexibility and manipulation of technology both legal and illegal.
Parents should be aware that their children and teens may have a sexual inquisitiveness,
subjected to bad judgment, influenced by peer pressure and love of electronic sharing
especially with pictures and video they take. When these elements are combined it
can become dangerous combination of technology and raging hormones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents, especially if they are
paying the cell phone bill should
periodically without notice check
the monthly bills online for activity,
this can show texts sent and received,
photos, video and other important
information that is transmitted digitally;
the use of data is important because
that can be an indication of increased use.

Parents should occasionally physically check phones for content, if a child refuses to
give their phone when asked this is a red flag that something is not right and the parent
should investigate further. Technology is a two edged sword, it can help with networking,
research and empowering youth, teens and young adults with information, the Internet
is a wide open portal to appropriate and inappropriate information parents must
communicate with their children their expectations for behaviors on and off line.
Parents have a responsibility and are accountable to manage what they allow
their children access to and will be held accountable if necessary by law enforcement.

 


Resources:
Missing and Exploited Children
http://www.netsmartz.org/Sexting

Growing Wireless – Sexting
http://www.growingwireless.com/be-aware/sexting

Books for Parents Raising a Black Male Child

Books for Parents Raising a Black Male Child

Books for Parents Raising a Black Male Child
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
#MyQuestToTeach

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This is a new school year and Donald Trump has
made very demeaning comments, he has “challenged”
people of color and culture in their behaviors, actions
and raising their families. He has said people of color
and culture are poor, uneducated and unemployable.

The best way to battle this is through educating
our children and future generations. Reading,
literacy, comprehension and a love of learning
are valuable to children of color and culture.
Having parents that are involved and engaged
just as equally important.

I’m sharing a list of books that I hope are
encouraging and worth sharing.
The books selected inspire, challenge, confuse and
stimulate the minds and hearts of parents raising boys
in this society. Encourage reading in your home,
encourage academics in your home and encourage
positive behaviors and working to success.

Please share this list with others that are working hard
in raising youth, teens and young adults to be men.

These are just resources, I do not personally endorse
any just providing a resource for help as a teacher
and a parent.

There are no pictures because I hope you and your
children will be inspired to research them together to
find the best fit for them to read. Not every book
fits every child, but there are books for every child.

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Books……………
Mixed Me! October 6, 2015
by Taye Diggs (Author), Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)

Chocolate Me! October 6, 2015
by Taye Diggs  (Author), Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)

A Black Parent’s Handbook to Educating Your Children
(Outside of the Classroom) by Baruti K. Kafele

A Hand to Guide Me by Denzel Washington

Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful
African American Males by Freeman A. Hrabowski,
Kenneth I. Maton, and Geoffrey L. Greif

Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine
to Foie Gras by Jeff Henderson

How to Get Out of Debt: Get an a Credit Rating for
Free Using the System I’ve Used Successfully With
Thousands of Clients by Harrine Freeman

Kill Them Before They Grow: Misdiagnosis of African
American Boys in American Classrooms
by Michael Porter

Letters to Young Brothers by Hill Harper

Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled
Our African-American Sons to the Ivy League
by Paula Penn-Nabrit

Keeping Black Boys Out of Special Education
by Jawanza Kunjufu

Raising Black Boys by Jawanza Kunjufu

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of
Boys by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson

Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths
of Boyhood by William Pollack and Mary Pipher

Saving Our Sons by Marita Golden

Introducing

Marvelous Me: Inside and Out (All about Me)
September 1, 2002 by Lisa Bullard  (Author),
Brandon Reibeling (Illustrator)

Daddy Calls Me Man (Richard Jackson Books
(Orchard) September 1, 2000
by Angela Johnson  (Author), Rhonda Mitchell
(Illustrator)

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from
the Underground Railroad Hardcover
January 1, 2007 by Ellen Levine  (Author),
Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to
Become Malcolm X Hardcover
January 7, 2014 by Ilyasah Shabazz  (Author),
AG Ford (Illustrator)

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I Love My Hair! Board book
November, 2003 by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
(Author)

I Like Myself! Hardcover  May 1, 2004
by Karen Beaumont  (Author),
David Catrow (Illustrator)

Single Mamahood: Advice and Wisdom for the
African-American Single Mother by Kelly Williams

Stickin’ To, Watchin’ Over, and Gettin’ With:
An African American Parent’s Guide to Discipline
by Howard Stevenson, Gwendolyn Davis &
Saburah Abdul-Kabir

Strength for Their Journey:
5 Essential Disciplines African-American
Parents Must Teach Their Children and Teens
by Robert L. Johnson & Paulette Stanford

Tapping the Power Within:
A Path to Self-Empowerment for Women
by Iyanla Vanzant

The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life
by Kevin Powell

The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive
and Reconnect with Their Fathers by Sampson
Davis, Rameck Hunt & George Jenkins

The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise
and Fulfill a Dream by Sampson Davis,
George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, and Remeck Hunt

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The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner

The Single Mom’s Little Book of Wisdom
by Cassandra Mack

The Warrior Method: A Parents’ Guide to Rearing
Healthy Black Boys by Raymond Winbush

Yesterday, I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living
and Loving by Iyanla Vanzant

Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril
by Kevin Merida

Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting
by Terrie Williams

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing
Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving
Young Men by Leonard Sax

Boys into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage
Sons by Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Pamela A. Toussaint,
and A. J. Franklin

101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know
by LaMarr Darnell Shields

Over 200 Books for and about
People of Color and Culture
Video created by William Jackson
#MyQuestToTeach

Prevent Bullying with Education and Personal Accountability

Prevent Bullying with Education and Personal Accountability

by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Speaker on Bullying Prevention, Sexting
and Cyberbullying Prevention
Speaking at Churches to prevent Bullying
in their youth, teens and young adults

Be A Buddy and Not A Bully – William Jackson and Taylor Richardson

Theme:
“Your David and Goliath Moment” How to fight Bullying with scripture and prayer.

There are tragic stories of young people like 15
year old Phoebe Prince who have taken their lives
because of bullying. Even Iain Steele a 15 year
old that lived in Chicago and had a promising
future in high school and Carl Walker-Hoover
11 years old, even though he was a Boy Scout and football player.

The Springfield, Mass., young man was ruthlessly
teased and harassed, he was even active in his
church, but was affected by bullying to the point
where he committed suicide. Bullying crosses race,
gender and cultural lines. Carl was African American,
the list tragically grows for teens and young
people that are attempting suicide and even tragic
the ones that are successful.

Enduring the torment, embarrassment of being harassed
in an atmosphere where Phoebe should have been protected,
nurtured and safe. She was a high school student in
South Hadley, Mass. Instead of expectations of a
great year in high school she was tormented verbally
and online (cyberbullying).
Her’s is not the only story; there are growing stories
of students from elementary, middle and high school who
experience various levels of bullying, harassment and
torment at the amusement of others. The most notable is
that of Jeffrey Johnston, who took his life in
2004 after being bullied. Jeffery a 15-year-old boy
committed suicide after being bullied, including Internet
bullying (cyberbullying). There are laws now named after
him.
His tragic story has resulted in the “Jeffrey Johnston
Stand Up for All Students Act” (Fla. Stat. section 1006.147).

Statistics from Health Resources and Services Administration
estimates that up to 25 percent of American students are
bullied and the numbers are rising. School is supposed to
be a safe haven, but according to Jonathan Cohen, President
of the Center for Social and Emotional Education
(http://schoolclimate.org/), more than 160,000 American
students stay home from school on any given day because
they’re afraid of being bullied.

Jonathan Cohen, “Bullying undermines the ability for children
in grades K-12 to learn and develop in healthy ways.” Bullying
has been noticed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and
will for the first time include a section on bullying in its
official policy statement on the pediatrician’s role in
preventing youth violence.

What is bullying?
Many parents do not understand the complexity of bullying.
Florida state statutes defines bullying as systematically
and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological
distress through teasing, social exclusion, threats,
intimidation; stalking, physical violence, theft, sexual,
religious or racial harassment, public humiliation, or
destruction of property. This includes harassment of LGBT
students who face even death threats.
These just like any other group of young people have dreams
and aspirations of contributing to their communities, having
families, careers and enjoying life.

These expectations of life are sometimes questioned when they
are bullied and tormented by those who are ignorant to the
lives of others. “From Teasing to Torment: School Climate in
America” (2010) students across the country said their peers
were most often bullied because of their
appearance, but the next top reason was because of actual or
perceived sexual orientation and gender expression.

Even some churches which claim to accept all of God’s children
bully LGBT students by creating atmospheres where young people
feel un-welcomed by verbal nuances and subliminal messages which
demean, embarrass and ostracize. The issue of bullying has grown
to where “Sesame Street” has even created a bullying prevention
program, “Reading Rainbow” has addressed this issue.


Laws and Law Enforcement
Because of the increases in bullying behaviors schools districts, law
enforcement and legislatures of various states have enacted Acts and Laws
as protection against these actions. Mentioned above; the “Jeffrey Johnston
Stand Up for All Students Act” (Fla. Stat. section 1006.147). Debbie Johnston
the mother of Jeffrey stated, “Everybody is recognizing that bullying
isn’t a rite of passage, it’s not a part of childhood, and it doesn’t
build character.”
As a result of Jefferies death the Act “Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All
Students Act” was created. The Act requires districts to adopt new anti-bullying
policies and spells out that those policies must address “cyberbullying“ and the
growing Sexting cases; taunts and harassing messages delivered by computer,
cell phone or other technologies. Schools are taking serious bullying after
several instances that were reported in local and national media outlets of violence.

Schools are required to investigate any reports of bullying, including
cyberbullying and notify all parents to be more involved. There are even forms
that are created to report bullying, by name or anonymously. Parents should
check with school guidance counselors for more information about intervention,
prevention and proactive strategies.
The unfortunate truth is that only a small number of incidents are reported to
school officials, teachers, administrators and even parents. Many schools have
their own police force, but still there is a great hesitancy to report cases of
bullying or harassment. Students are scared because of retribution from increased
bullying and the torment of other family members that may be drawn into these actions.

“Because of the “culture,” it is now a matter of life and death that students get
past “snitching” and alert parents, teachers, and even law enforcement officials.”
William Jackson, M.Ed. Speaker and Blogger on Bullying/Cyberbullying Prevention

Empowering Families and Ministries
Working with ministries and speaking to youth groups to share information about
bullying and cyberbullying prevention, as an educator and parent, I’m doing my part
to talk to students, families and churches about bullying and cyberbullying through
community groups, PSA’s and speaking at churches using the story of
David and Goliath 1Samuel 17:1-58
It is important for parents, grandparents and other family members to talk to
the youth, teens and young adults in their families and communities to stop
bullying and take a unified stand. Not with violence, but with education, prayer
and compassion.

Conclusion
Parents need to be more informed, involved and proactive. Checking their children’s
online activities, cell phone records and talk to teachers, guidance counselors, and
administrators. The unfortunate reality is children and teens will not tell their
parents about being bullied especially boys because they do not want to be labeled
as “soft“. There is a “code” among young people that they abide by because they
feel no one is listening to them or taking them seriously.
“the underlying stress and anxiety from bullying lasts a lifetime. It can lead to
personality disorders, emotional instability, drug/substance abuse, unhealthy dietary
changes and to the extreme suicidal thoughts and actions.” William Jackson

Parents start listening and watching for unspoken signs of behavioral change and emotional
instability. Be proactive to the issue of bullying and harassment, talk to your
children every day about their day, their friends, and their emotional and mental
stability. Importantly follow your instincts as a parent.

“When we stand together no one stand alone!”
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
http://facebook.com/events/951749594836525/
Bullying Resources: Sesame Street
http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/topics/bullying
Stop Bullying Now – Interactive Cartoons for Kids
http://www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/kids/Bullying.org
See, read, and hear the impact that bullying has had on people’s lives.
http://www.bullying.org

PBS Parents Information – Bullying Education    http://www.pbs.org/parents/search/results.html?restrict=parents&q=Bulling
Education.com –  This is an interactive quiz on bullying    http://www.education.com/quiz/bullying-myths/
Youth Violence Statistics
http://youthviolence.edschool.virginia.edu/violence-in-schools/national-statistics.html
Bully Police
http://bullypolice.org/
Sexting – A Brief Guide for Educators and Parents
http://cyberbullying.us/blog/sexting-a-brief-guide-for-educators-and-parents.html
Sexting Policies in Schools
http://cyberbullying.us/blog/sexting-policies-in-schools.html

Passion for Learning In the Church of Christ


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Passion for Learning In the Church of Christ

Education is a powerful weapon against false teaching
and false witnessing. Reading, comprehension,
discernment and studying are more important today
than ever before.

The study of the bible is important because to many
people are caught up with self imposed importance
in the insignificance of titles. What the bible states
is important.

Signs and wonders are happening every day, but do we
take the time to see them and listen to God as he tries to
lead us in the direction we need to go?

My Sermon given at Westside Church of Christ
in Jacksonville, Florida

Friday, January 1, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/embed/6w_4COzUmdw

Scriptures from:
Blue Letter Bible
https://www.blueletterbible.org/
Bible Gateway
http://biblegateway.com/

Listen to: A War for Your Soul for African Americans
A War for Your Soul – http://vimeo.com/3658572
Awakening to the realities of the open destruction of
African Americans