My Quest To Teach

March 20, 2017

Your Selfies, DP and Taco Picts Can Hurt You

Your Selfies, DP and Taco Picts Can Hurt You
by William Jackson, My Quest To Teach @wmjackson

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The more I speak at conferences, churches and with
youth groups the more I see that information needs
to be shared with parents and their children. Too many
parents are clueless that their children are involved in
Sexting, Cyberbullying, and even digital Pimping. Yes
I said digital Pimping.
The use of Social Media to post personal pictures,
tantalizing videos, stimulating sexual photos and
sensuous party picts may be fun and exciting, but they
can hurt a teen and young adults e-reputation,
e-personality and potentially their credit score and
being hired.

You can forget being involved in politics and in some
cases community service. If you “equipment” is
posted for everyone to see that is almost and death
sentences for any political dreams.
Employers, educational institutions and even the
military have the capability to check Social Media
platforms to look for and find potentially harmful
information that can stop college entrance,
put a stop on receiving scholarships and internships,
even prevent starting a promising career in a
dream job making millions.

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Parents should learn the terminology their children
are using online to stop potential problems before
they happen, giving their children a Smartphone is
not very bright without talking about expectations
for behaviors and actions. It is almost like giving
the keys of their car to a unlicensed driver with no
experience, no insurance and no limits.
The Internet contains the worst and the best of
human information, but youth, teens and young
adults will ultimately find or be attracted to the
parts that are unhealthy and potentially dangerous.
The lure of excitement is more exciting than common
sense.

Sexting is a dangerous activity that children are
participating in, they lack the maturity to understand
that as a boy sending a (DP) “dick pic” or a girl sending
a (Taco) or vagina pict has consequences that may
involve law enforcement and being involved in child
porn. Their reputations can be destroyed and that
DP or Taco will never go away because information
is backed up, archived and stored on servers someplace.
DP’s are part of Sexting and even for girls thinking just
showing some breast, some genital area or even more
is not a big deal.
Tell that to the girls that have been harassed, bullied
both cyber and physically and even the ones that have
committed suicide because of a wrong choice that
will not go away.

Traditional laws years ago did not have to address the
Sexting and child porn of the last 10 to 15 years,
because of the Internet Congress has passed legislation
to cover these issues and jails contain men and women
caught in child porn and prostitution rings. Laws and
the execution of  them demanded law enforcement
using online Apps, platforms and tools to track down
those that seek to have sex with children. Pretending to
want sex as a child and “baiting” both men and women
is seen on the news as they travel sometimes hundreds
of miles to engage in sex with a minor.

Parents need to understand they have a moral and
ethical responsibility to talk to their children no
matter the age to set expectations, to reinforce personal
values and morals about their conduct and actions online.
The online world does have dangers and tragedies can
be seen when kids are kidnapped, sexually assaulted or
sold as sex slaves when enticed to meet strangers away
from home.

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Sexting; is the sending and receiving of sexually explicit
photos and/or text using cell phones with digital cameras.
USA Today has reported in past issues that the percentage
of men admitted to sending a DP is increasing:
those surveyed because they were asked for one, others
they wanted to turn the other person on. Other reasons
flirting and to get the other person to send one back.
Teen girls have reported it is important to “checking out
the junk” to see how real it is because the imagination
can be deceptive and wrong and all boys lie about the
size they have.
“It is the imagination part of sexting that mainly attracts
women to it,” and the thrill for guys.
http://get-a-wingman.com/sexting-examples-the-ultimate-guide-to
-master-the-art-of-seductive-texting/

*Warning adult content and information.

The percentages are that women are more prone to send
images that stir excitement, create the allure of romance,
not just sex and the invitation to “hookup” mostly with
a male they are attracted to. Sexting can be seen as the
new love note, similar to the notes that use to be passed
around in class, “do you love me yes or no.” Now photos
and video are seen as the tools to get noticed and get into
a relationship. Used by kids even in elementary schools
to get boys and girls to like them.

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Studies conducted by the Kinsey Institute at Indiana
University, published in the journal Sexual Health, 5,805
single adults between the ages of 21 and 77; 23 percent
reported sharing the sexts they received with an average
of more than three different friends. This translates into
No Privacy exists in cyberspace and that those that
Sext have no idea who is looking at them in the world
and have their personal information.
During my presentations over the years with community
groups, youth, teens and young adult groups and even
at the international Preventing Crime In The Black
Community I speak realistically to youth, teens, and
young adults about the potential dangers and future
affects of Sexting. It is not romantic, it is not sexy,
it is not what they think when the image is spread to
a whole school or the football team, or basketball team.

Too many young people still are under the idea that
their pictures will be deleted when they break up with
that boy or girl they are dating, but the hospitals and
even cemeteries show that is not the case when youth,
teens and young adults try to or successfully commit
suicide because their sexting pictures or video are
spread to others and they are harassed and
embarrassed at school, in church and in their
communities.

On the Internet there is no place to hide and no
where to run. Parents talk to your children, Google them
to see what is out there in photos, videos and sharing
sites, be friends with them online and if necessary
contact your cell phone provider and see who they are
texting and sending and receiving
photos and videos with. Be proactive not reactive…..

It is important to be proactive before an incident happens
and law enforcement comes knocking on your door and
takes everyone’s devices for an investigation that will
be embarrassing for you at work, in church and in
your community.
Youth, teens and young adults convicted of child porn
must register as a sex offender and this will destroy
their freedoms for a long time and bring social changes
that will affect the whole family for years to come.

Resources:
Dick Picts
http://www.dreve.co.za/2017/02/21/sexting-selfies-and-dick-pics/
The Art of Seductive Texting
http://get-a-wingman.com/sexting-examples-the-ultimate-guide-to-master-the-art-of-seductive-texting/
Parents Learn the New Emoji Terms
https://www.bustle.com/articles/118609-10-new-emoji-that-will-up-your-sexting-game

Talk to your children, teens and young adults.

 

February 26, 2017

A Girls Journey Into Social Media

A Girls Journey Into Social Media
by William Jackson and Breyonna Fox
My Quest to Teach

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Journey Into Womanhood a wonderful collaboration of
young ladies from elementary age to high school held a
workshop  dedicated to teaching about Social Media
safety and responsibility, the prevention of Cyberbullying
and the problems Sexting causes in destroying a girls
reputation and potentially their future career choices.

Elexia Coleman the director and visionary of the program
provides educational,  intellectual, culturally bonding and
community experiences that help girls and young  ladies
grow and blossom in an environment that is encouraging
and engaging.

JIW is an opportunity for girls and young ladies to experience
presentations on multiple levels of activity; professionals like
William Jackson and his intern Breyonna Fox talked to the
ladies on serious subjects that potentially influence decisions
that can have social and career influences.

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Asya and Breyonna Fox

Ms. Fox spoke on her experiences on being bullied and how
Sexting can destroy lives and involve law enforcement.
Ms. Fox shared how girls in high school are under the false
ideas that Sexting is glamorous until their photos are shared
with others that where not intended to see them because of
breaking up with friends and trying to impress a boy or girl.

Boys are involved in Sexting as well and can suffer social and
criminal investigation. There are legal issues that could result
in charges of pornography and child endangerment that may
follow a boy or girl through their life. Ms. Fox shared that  each
girl present  should have personal self-confidence and
self-respect. “The unfortunate reality is that  girls and women
have committed suicide because of Bullying and Sexting.”
Breyonna Fox

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William Jackson a teacher in the public school system and a
Professor at Edward Waters College shares with the young
ladies that there is nothing a boy or man can provide that is
more important than personal respect and pride. Through
education a young lady and woman can achieve great things
above and beyond the material things a person like a boy or
girl can give them.

The title of the workshop, “How to be Dope and Responsible
on Social Media,” is available to other organizations that work
with youth, teens and young  adults.  Mr. Jackson speaks at the
international conference Preventing Crime in the Black
Community on preventing bullying, cyberbullying, the power
of incorporating STEM in  education and many aspects of
Social Media.

Volunteers are key to the success of JIW program that will be
celebrating the end of another program year on
Sunday, April 9th  2017 at their annual banquet. JIW is a 501c3
program and accepts donations to provide services to the
participants that will have life-long influence to help the
young ladies grow into future leaders in business, finance,
commerce, education and other careers that fulfill dreams.

The rewarding results of JIW can be seen in the community
involvement of girls and young ladies like Taylor Richardson
#AstronautStarBright, she is working to become an astronaut
and travel to Mars and back,  Taylor and her mom are working
to help girls and women in Jacksonville to see the movie
“Hidden Figures.” They were both invited by the Obama
administration to the White House premiere. Sitting with
current and past NASA astronauts, the actors of Hidden
Figures, First Lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries.

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Taylor along with other young ladies are doing extraordinary
things in the community and bringing awesome media and news
reports of the great contributions young ladies are providing in
Jacksonville, Florida.

Sponsorship’s and donations are welcomed by JIW to help
continue the works they do in the community that influence
positive directions and accomplishments.

 Resources:
Journey Into Womanhood – http://theconnectory.org/program/journey-into-womanhood-2
JIW Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/empowerment.resources/
The Program
http://www.empowermentresourcesinc.org/what-we-do/journey-into-womanhood-program/

Additional Photos from 2017 -2016 – 2015 Workshops on
STEAM – Cyberbullying – Social Media – Sexting – Education

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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