Textual harassment and sexting FINAL


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Textual harassment and sexting FINAL

  2. 2. A type of cyber bullying, sending any type of text message, sex photo message, video message, or voicemail from a mobile phone that causes the receiver to feel harassed, threatened, tormented, humiliated, embarrassed, or otherwise victimized. What is Textual Harassment?
  3. 3. What is Sexting? The act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones.
  4. 4. Guam on Sexting and Textual Harassment • In 2010, at least 16 states and Guam introduced or are considering bills or resolutions aimed at sexting. • The legislation generally aims to educate young people about the risks of sexting
  5. 5. • I Liheslaturan Guahan found that there is a growing concern and alarm among the community. • Sexting has been linked to crimes in the community such as bullying, cyber bullying, assault, harassment, and even criminal sexual conduct. • Guam has had to charge juveniles with other more serious criminal offenses such as distribution of child pornography.
  6. 6. • I Liheslaturan Guahan finds that there is a need to create a program for first time offending juveniles, charged for sexting or posting of sexual images. • I Liheslaturan Guahan wishes to establish an educational program that is intended to be an alternative to prosecution for juveniles who are charged with criminal offense.
  7. 7. Alarming Statistics • The National Campaign to prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy • Sept. – Oct. 2008 • 1,280 Total Respondents • 653 teens (ages 13-19) • 627 adults (ages 20-26) • Conducted Nationwide by TRU-Insight www.TheNationalCampaign.org/sextech http://www.tru-insight.com/
  8. 8. Alarming Statistics Teens that have electronically sent nude or semi-nude pictures or video of themselves. • 20% of teens overall • 22% of teen girls • 18% of teen boys • 11% of young teen girls (ages 13-16) How many teens are sending sexually suggestive messages? • 39% of all teens • 37% of teen girls • 40% of teen boys • 48% of teens say they have received such messages
  9. 9. Alarming Statistics • How do teens and young adults feel about sending/posting sexually suggestive content? • 75% of teens and 71% of young adults say texting sexually suggestive content “can have serious negative consequences.” • Yet, 39% of teens and 59% of young adults have sent or posted • Teens and young adults admit that sending/posting sexually suggestive content has an impact on their behavior. • 22% of teens and 28% of young adults say they are more aggressive using sexually suggestive words and images than they are in “real life.” • 38% of teens and 40% of young adults say exchanging sexually suggestive content makes dating or “hooking up” more likely.
  10. 10. Analysis of Statistics • ~ 20% of teens are sending Sexually Suggestive/Explicit Images of Themselves • ~ 40% of teens are Sending Sexually Suggestive Text Messages • ~ 70 – 75% Believe that there are “Serious Negative Consequences • ~ 25 - 30% Feel that it they are more sexually aggressive when texting than in real life.
  11. 11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLTj3WBmY1k Video: Mother Loses Daughter Over Sexting
  12. 12. Preventions •Contact the carrier and ask that the text message function be disabled •Turning off the text messaging function for a few days may be enough to discourage the harasser
  13. 13. •Contact the police •Document the harassment Preventions http://www.opposingviews.com/i/is-your-teen-a-victim-of-textual-harassment
  14. 14. Preventions •Services and software that makes it easier for parents to monitor their child’s phone usage http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/06/22/earlyshow/living/parenting/main6606332.shtml
  15. 15. Conclusion