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Understanding Sexting: Nine Things Every Parent Should Know


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View this SlideShare for the essential information that every parent of a digital child needs to know about sexting. Download and read the eBook with the same name,, for much more information on sexting and sexting prevention.

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Understanding Sexting: Nine Things Every Parent Should Know

  1. 1. Sexting: What and WhyWhat:Sexting is using mobile technology to send a suggestive, nude or semi-nudetext, picture or video of oneself to someone else.Why: Flirting Bullying Peer Pressure Joking Around
  2. 2. Sexting DangersShort Term: Long Term: Unintended people seeing the  The image going viral image  Denial of scholarships, college Humiliation at school admission or job prospects Suspension of expulsion from  Conviction or jail time school  Restrictions on living arrangements A bad reputation
  3. 3. Sexting Linked With DepressionThe Education Development Center in Newton, Massachusetts, analyzed theresults from a group of 23,000 high school students in the Boston area whowere surveyed in 2010.Of the sampling, 10% reported sending a sext in theprevious year and 13% reported receiving one fromsomeone else. Those who had sent or received sexualpictures were more likely to have thoughts about suicide orattempt it. They were also twice as likely to exhibit signs ofdepression and psychological distress.Of course the study can‟t prove which came first: thesexting or the depression, but one thing is for sure: get themessage across for your teens that sexting is just badnews.
  4. 4. When Sexting is a CrimeBe aware if your child is dating someone who turns 18 before she or hedoes. Depending upon the state that the incident occurs in, being convictedof a sexting-related crime could mean having to register as a sex offenderfor life and, in turn, having trouble getting a job and a place to live.The bottom line is that creating, possessing anddistributing child pornography is a federal crime,even if a minor is sending a picture of him orherself.
  5. 5. Sexting StudiesSexting statistics range from many values depending on the parameters of the survey.The Crimes Against Children Research Center took a look at several surveys donefrom 2008 to 2010 and found that, in a couple of studies that reported high numbers(more than 20%) of teens sexting, the definition of „sexting‟ was very loose. It alsonoted that including 18 and 19-year- olds can distort the term “teen,” as it is a differentissue for two consenting adults to exchange such messages and pictures.The 20 percent figure that has been widelyreported could be as low as about 10 percent ofminors, as discovered by a 2011 studypublished in the journal Pediatrics, that includeskids as young as 10.
  6. 6. Teach Your Kids How to RespondStop: Report: Save:Don‟t hit forward. There are If your child receives an Students shouldn‟t delete apotential legal ramifications unwanted sexual text sext right away in case it‟srelated to illegal child intended to harass or needed for evidence topornography or sexual embarrass, it can fall into make an arrest or to assistpredator laws if they do. the category of in a trial. cyberbullying, and should be reported to trusted adults, school principals or even the police.
  7. 7. Sexting PreventionRemind Them:How fast texts and pictures can spread over the Internet.Inform Them:That if convicted of transmitting a suggestive photo - even if it‟s of themselves - they couldbe expelled, go to jail and possibly have to register as a sex offender.Monitor Them:Use a mobile phone monitoring system, such as uKnowKids, and letthem know you‟re trying to keep them safe
  8. 8. What to do if Your Child Has Been SextingIf you do find this out, though, it‟s time for action. Report any unwanted nudepictures your child has received on his or her cell phone. Do not delete themessage. Instead, get parents or guardians and teachers or schoolcounselors involved immediately.As soon as reporting has been taken care of, it istime for a sit-down conversation with your childon several important topics: healthyrelationships, peer pressure and self-esteem andmobile phone rules.
  9. 9. Sexting and SchoolsJust as there is a need for schools to have policies in place about Internetuse and cyberbullying, they also may have sexting policies. You‟ll want toknow if your child‟s school has a zero tolerance policy. If it does, a childcould get expelled for sexting after a first offense.
  10. How Can Help1. Mobile phone monitoring done by a Parental Intelligence System like uKnowKids makes it easy to see if your child is sending or receiving inappropriate and potentially illegal messages.2. uKnowKids has the ability to monitor and aggregate your child‟s social networks, including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Instagram, in one place so you can easily spot any unusual behavior, whether it is inappropriate images or messages exchanged.3. uKnowKids makes it easier to monitor activities and trends on all social media platforms. That way, if one person is interacting more with your child, possibly in a dangerous way, you can easily spot it.4. Education is a huge part of prevention, and only uKnowKids can keep you updated on the latest digital dangers and trends.
  11. For much more content and a full list of references, resources, and contributors, download our original eBook entitled “Understanding Sexting: Nine Things Every Parent Should Know.” For more information on our Military Appreciation Campaign, cyberbullying,sexting, or keeping children safe online visit our resources page and give our product a try with our 30-day free trial.