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Sexting

  1. 1. Sexting
  2. 2. Sexting takes 30 seconds; humiliation lasts a lifetime
  3. 3. (AP)  Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas says he doesn't want to change Vermont's laws to lessen the potential penalties for teenagers who use their cell phones to send sexually explicit pictures and messages.
  4. 4. How does the public feel?
  5. 5. On or off school grounds...
  6. 6. Again...early education may be the answer.
  7. 7. This is becoming a big problem.
  8. 8. Is arrest and conviction the best way to handle this situation for teens?
  9. 9. There have been severe consequences, a student in Ohio committed suicide when nude pictures of her were circulated.
  10. 10. Statistics
  11. 11. 20% of teens have admitted participating in sexting. Source: National Campaign to Support Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (2008)
  12. 12. About 1/3 of teens admit either sending or receiving photos.
  13. 13. Students see this as fun or flirtatious activity, not a criminal activity.
  14. 14. Definition
  15. 15. Sending or receiving nude photos of minors
  16. 16. Can also be messages describing sexual acts.
  17. 17. Why are students doing this?
  18. 18. Most students think of this as harmless flirtation.
  19. 19. Students are thinking they are maintaining privacy.
  20. 20. Parents do not know that their children are doing this.
  21. 21. Students fail to realize the ease of transmission.
  22. 22. Students fail to realize the permanency of the transmission.
  23. 23. Pictures are easy to upload on the Internet.
  24. 24. Society
  25. 25. This is not just a school problem, it is a society problem.
  26. 26. Schools should not be responsible to fix this problem alone.
  27. 27. Parental involvement and responsibility is needed.
  28. 28. Talk to their children about the risks.
  29. 29. Check messages of their children.
  30. 30. Explain appropriate use.
  31. 31. Legal Implications
  32. 32. Students are being charged with crimes.
  33. 33. Most teens do not know that this is against the law and could make them a sex offender for life.
  34. 34. Many believe that the legal system is not the answer.
  35. 35. Education may be the best answer.
  36. 36. As usual, Mom and Dad will defend their teens.
  37. 37. Administrators Response
  38. 38. Conduct a proper investigation.
  39. 39. Confiscate the cell phone.
  40. 40. Give student due process rights.
  41. 41. Determine if offense is covered by policy or law.
  42. 42. Same sex administrator should do the inventory of the phone.
  43. 43. Stop search when “texting” evidence is found and turn over to police.
  44. 44. Talk to all parties including sender and receiver.
  45. 45. Determine how widespread this has become.
  46. 46. If teachers or students have been found in possession, shut down all district servers and access to the Internet.
  47. 47. If in doubt, contact law enforcement.
  48. 48. Contact parents.
  49. 49. Check school district policies, student handbook and AUP for infractions.
  50. 50. Invoke school penalties.
  51. 51. School Use of Cell Phones
  52. 52. Should schools ban cell phones?
  53. 53. Cell Phones; Discipline or 1:1 Computers
  54. 54. Problems for school administrators
  55. 55. My Students. My Cellphone. My Ordeal. By Ting-Yi Oei Sunday, April 19, 2009
  56. 56. quot;High school assistant principal in Loudoun County arrested for child pornography,quot; announced WRC's Jim Vance. quot;Details following the Olympics.quot;
  57. 57. Facts • Asst Principal investigated case of students sending nude pictures to each other • Student admitted picture was his • Reported to principal who told assistant to save on his computer • Assistant did not know how to do this so had student email photo to assistant who then downloaded it on his computer
  58. 58. • Parent got mad at assistant and went to police • Was charged with quot;failure to report suspected child abuse.quot; • In the end the charges were dismissed by assistant paid dearly in both dollars for attorney costs and personally via adverse health for he and his wife
  59. 59. Recommendations
  60. 60. Be very cautious when investigating
  61. 61. Be proactive
  62. 62. Check student discipline policy and student handbook
  63. 63. Check Acceptable Use Policy
  64. 64. Consult with district legal council
  65. 65. Look for guidance before removing photos etc...
  66. 66. Just like school administrators should not be in possession of illegal drugs taken from students, you should not be in possession of inappropriate pictures.
  67. 67. Establish a Chain of Command
  68. 68. Teach administrators and teachers how to deal with situations like these
  69. 69. Same sex investigator
  70. 70. Inform parents immediately
  71. 71. Inform supervisors immediately
  72. 72. Consult with district legal council
  73. 73. Call Police if you even think you should be calling police
  74. 74. Have a plan
  75. 75. Remain calm
  76. 76. Go slowly
  77. 77. Check policies and procedures
  78. 78. Execute the plan
  79. 79. Internet Awareness
  80. 80. Once something is put on the Internet it is never deleted.
  81. 81. Students need to know about social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.
  82. 82. The Internet is not private.
  83. 83. Administrators Beware
  84. 84. Students are now trying to disguise themselves, this means they know what they are doing is wrong.
  85. 85. Check your Acceptable Use Policy
  86. 86. Public Relations
  87. 87. Public Relations
  88. 88. What is the future computer for classroom use?

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