This is my version of a PSA. Recently I had a conversation about teenage pornography, and it dovetailed to talking about one of the biggest epidemics with teenagers – teen sexting. The language can be scary to start talking about sexting let alone sex with your children or grandchild, but it could be one of the most important conversations you may have.
Most tweens (ages 8 to 12) and teens (ages 13 to 18) spend more time watching TV and movies, playing games and using the Internet than they do in school or with parents—on average more than six hours per day. That’s more than a typical 40 hour work week.
Over 50 % of teens use an online social network site, such as Facebook.
Most children receive their first cell phone at age nine or ten.
Approximately three in four teenagers have a cell phone.
70 percent of teens text daily—totaling nearly an hour and a half of texting time—making it their number one form of communication.
Parents and caregivers need to be educated about digital media and to set rules regarding its use so that it can be a positive experience for all.
Most teens today are comfortable with documenting their lives online, Snapchat, Instagram and who knows what now. Posting photos, updating their status messages, sharing rapid-fire texts, and being a click away from friends are the new standard for teens. But this "permanently on" generation also creates an environment where teens can make impulsive decisions that can come back to haunt them, forever!! One example of this has been in the news a lot lately: sexting.
Missouri Governor - felony charges for invasion of privacy
Arizona representive drops out of race due to sexting
What kind of lessons are we modeling for our children?
When people take and send sexually revealing pictures of them or send sexually explicit messages via text message, it's called "sexting." While experts differ on statistics, sexting is a teen reality that's here to stay.
Sending these pictures or messages is challenging enough, but the actual confrontation comes when this content is distributed outside of the intend recipient. Too many teens have found out, the recipient of these messages is in possession of a highly compromising image or message that can be easily posted on a social networking site or sent to others via email or text.
Why do teens do this behavior?
Uneducated around consequence
“The New Norm”, their second base!
Why sexting matters
In the world of the hyper-speed of the Internet and cellphones where anything can be copied, sent, posted, and seen by huge audiences, there's no such thing as being able to control information. The intention doesn't matter - even if a photo was taken and sent as a token of love or sexual impulse, for instance, the technology makes it potential for everyone to see your child's most intimate self. In the hands of teens, when revealing photos are made public, the subject almost always ends up feeling humiliated.
Is sexting illegal
Sending sexual images to minors is against the law, and some states have begun prosecuting kids for child pornography or felony obscenity.
The practice is not illegal when photos are shared amongst consenting adults, but when minors are involved, sexual-exploitation and child-pornography laws can come into play; so great care is needed in the handling of sexti