Child pornography laws were not intended to criminalize and prosecute minors for sexting pictures of themselves to fellow students.
Teaching your children by talking to them and exemplifying relationships based on kindness, positive feelings, responsibility and self worth is the most effective tool in defining healthy friendships and intimate relationships. Read More
An adult who went undercover at a Kansas high school found today’s teenage girls think it’s ‘normal’ to post ‘promiscuous’ pictures online
An adult goes undercover as a high school student and realizes how rampant sexting is, especially among young girls. It is so commonplace, that sexting is practically the new norm. The effects may not only damage a girl's reputation, but also her self esteem.
What is the appropriate reaction to discovering your teenager has posted pictures of his/her genitals on the internet? A mother gives her account of being in such a situation and how she handled it....as best she could.
Adults who went undercover at a high school found 7 things people don’t realize about life for teenagers today
When 7 adults go undercover posing as high school students, they discover the magnitude of how disruptive and disturbing the effects are of a 24/7 social media world. From not being able to focus in class and depression to sexting and cyberbullying, connecting has never been so isolating.
What happens to teens when the law sees sexting as child pornography? Should a 14 year-old girl have to register as a sex offender for the next 10 years for willingly sending an explicit photo of herself?
Social media can have serious negative mental health impacts. Rather than give it up completely, know the risks and how use social media in a balanced, mindful way. Vicarious traumatization is real and can have serious effects including PTSD.
Jordan's Law (CA AB 1542) will increase penalties for all those involved in social media motivated assaults. Talk with your teens about what assault is and how to avoid becoming criminally liable, even if they thought they were just filming a friend making a joke.
In a world where teens are boycotting school to raise awareness of pervasive, sometimes instituionalized, sexual harrassment on campus, 76% of students report never having had a conversation with parents or guardians about sexual harrassment. Consider this guideline and start the dialogue now in your own family.