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November 19, 2016

Parents Is Your Child Sexting and Your Paying the Bill

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Parents Is Your Child Sexting and Your 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 sharable. 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

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