With the newest technology and latest social media sites, communication, both healthy and unhealthy, takes on several different forms. Whether a student is being cyber-bullied or picked on at school, both can have a huge impact on a child’s life. One of the most recent of topics that is swirling among teens is sexting with nearly 40% of all teenagers having posted or sent sexually suggestive messages
Sexting is the act of sending or receiving a sexually revealing or suggestive message via text, photo or video on a mobile device. This is becoming a bigger problem among middle school and high school students, with kids starting to sext at age 13. Many students do not understand the severity and potential consequences if they choose to do this. Sexting with or as someone under the age of 18 is considered to be child pornography and can result in criminal charges. Not only is sexting illegal, it can have a lasting, devastating impact on youth. If a picture is sent to someones phone, it could take seconds for that photo to be all over social media if put in the wrong person’s hands. And with nearly 20% of teens who receive a “sext” reporting that they share it with more than one person, it is likely to spread quickly.
Please join us for our support trainings as Officer Wayne Ellingson from the Brandon Police Department will lead a discussion on teens and texting. Whether you mentor a middle school student, work with kids or just want to know more, this is good information for caring adults in our community to be aware of! The trainings will take place on Thursday, February 12 and repeated on Monday, February 23 from 11:30-12:30 and the LSS Center for Children & Youth, 621 E Presentation Street. Click on the session you would like to attend to RSVP.