The following is a media advisory issued from the office of Gov. Greg Abbott on July 28, 2021
AUSTIN – Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott will deliver remarks at the launch of the R.E.A.L. Friends Don’t nationwide online safety campaign on Thursday, July 29, in San Antonio. The First Lady will be joined by McCain Institute Board of Trustees and Human Trafficking Advisory Council (HTAC) Chair Cindy McCain, Outdoor Advertising Association of Texas (OAAT) President Lee Vela, faith leaders from the Governor’s GRACE (Governor’ Response Against Child Exploitation) initiative, and members of the Alamo Area Anti Human Trafficking Coalition.
The R.E.A.L Friends Don’t campaign increases awareness and educates parents and caregivers about online safety and empowers parents to protect their children from harmful content, grooming, or online exploitation. Through a partnership with the Office of the Governor, OOAT, and the McCain Institute for International Leadership, R.E.A.L. Friends Don’t is launching digital billboards across the state of Texas to educate Texans about online safety and ensure parents and caregivers have the tools and resources to keep their children safe. The billboards, with English and Spanish messages, will be broadcast throughout Texas in more than 70 cities now through the end of the year.
WHO: Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott
McCain Institute Board of Trustees and HTAC Chair Cindy McCain
OAAT President Lee Vela
WHEN: Thursday, July 29 at 3:00 PM
Setup for media begins at 2:30 PM
WHERE: 618 Avenue A, San Antonio, TX 78215
*Note: The digital billboard will be frozen with the campaign messages for photographs during the press conference and will be available for additional “freezes” throughout the day for stand up reports. For questions or to arrange a freeze, please call Lee Vela at (281) 748-3095.
Please DO NOT REPLY to this message. It comes from an un-monitored mailbox. If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please contact the Governor’s Press Office at (512) 463-1826.
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