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Sexting … is it preventable?

09 Jan

I’m the single mother to three teenagers. Add to that,  I’m a published author of two titles (more to come), a firefighter, runner, full-time student, prison ministry founder, blogger, daughter, friend. Not to mention my full-time job. However, raising teens in today’s age proves to be one of the most difficult tasks in all the things I’ve ever done.

I remember being a teen. Some days it feels like an eternity ago. Other days, it feels like yesterday. As a teenager, the worst I was involved in was calling a boy. That was a big no-no in my day.  Today’s teens find far more freedom and can find far more trouble.

Sexting  is a phenomenon many teens find themselves involved in today. They have the freedom of picture phones as well as WIFI at the touch of the button and all the time a teen could dream of.  What they don’t realize is that this “new activity” brings about legal repercussions that can last a life time.

In a recent news article on ABC, “What teens don’t realize is just how serious the consequences can be.

News reports are increasingly documenting legal repercussions after indecent photo appear online. And attorneys say there are many unanswered questions about whether young people who send their own photos could face prosecution for obscenity or child pornography.

This year in Wisconsin, a 17-year-old was charged with possessing child pornography after he posted naked pictures of his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend online.

In Alabama, authorities arrested four middle-school students for exchanging nude photos of themselves. In Rochester, N.Y., a 16-year-old boy is now facing up to seven years in prison for forwarding a nude photo of a 15-year-old girlfriend to his friends.”

So I pose the questions to the parent’s of today’s teens:

  • Do you allow your teen a full access phone (WiFi< text, picture)
  • Do you monitor their phones? Read their texts, view their photos?

And what about Facebook? Do you monitor your child’s account? What precautions do you take to assure your child is not participating in such a potentially dangerous situation or do you even believe there is a way to prevent it other than removing the phones and internet?

As parents, we have to be 100% present. Is this even possible?

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Posted by on January 9, 2011 in encouragement

 

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