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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sexting...Is Your Teen "Doing It"?

This is sponsored content from BlogHer and LG Text Ed

Do you know what your teen is texting?

I know we've all heard about "sexting", and I trust that we all have ground rules for our teens, but do we ever really know what our teens are sending (or receiving) from their cell phones?

Sexting is a real and serious problem...what a teenager could perceive as "funny", could actually land them in some very serious legal trouble. According to this ABC News story, the possibility of your child being charged with "possession of child pornography" is real and true.

Just ask the Wisconsin boy that it happened to.

Do our teens understand the devastating consequences of these charges? What the repercussions are of having charges like that on their records or what it would mean to them to have to register as a sex offender?

Probably not...their brains aren't wired to make wise and long term decisions, which is where we, as parents, come in.

We need to make sure that our children are not only being responsible with their cell phone use, but that they realize the importance of respecting themselves and others around them. It isn't enough for them to just erase the photo...it just plain old needs to stop.

As parents, we need to impress upon our kids how "uncool" it is to send, forward, or receive inappropriate photos.

Who would've thought 10 (heck, even 5!!) years ago, that we'd need to include "sexting" in our "birds and bees" talks with our kids? Not me...but I've realized that, indeed, it has come to that.


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Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

I don't understand parents who think it's an invasion of privacy to do spontaneous cell phone checks on their kids' phones. We should go through our kids' text and picture messages! It's our job to make sure they are safe!

Phew. That felt good.

Great topic!

CM said...

I totally agree with Bethany. My kids are too little, but in my career, I have dealt with many juveniles on the wrong side of the law. Parents can never be too nosey. Kids don't have a right to privacy, they are KIDS!

Jessica Crozier said...

And we have to remember, more times then not- who is paying for that cell phone bill?
A BIG issue of mine is bullying, something that can also happen via texting

A Babbling Brunette said...

I had no idea it was so serious. Thanks for making me, and others, aware!

Jennifer said...

I work in a middle school and I wish more parents were aware of what their kids are doing. I look...at phones, under beds, in backpacks...because it is my responsibility to know what my boys are doing. And I talk to them about respect and responsibility. Excellent post!

Debbie said...

I check my 14 yr daughter's phone all the time. And I also have picture messaging shut off on her phone. I've been known to reply to some of her friends messages and let them know it's her mom if I don't approve of the message or the time of day (or night) that it's sent.

♥ Brittany Ciara ♥ said...

From a teen perspective - this is insane. However, I do think "sexting" goes outside the lines of sending nude pictures. Seriously, I've heard of teens who engage in a complete conversation of "what they would do to each other if they were with one another." Parents NEED to be aware of what goes on with their children and maybe sharing this will open their eyes. Oh how the cell phone could be a dangerous thing.

Disney Traveling Family said...

You know, I don't think that this is something we would have done as kids. It is important for parents to be aware of what their kids are doing. Too many parents say that their kid is a good kid and wouldn't do that. Yeah? Well, I was a good kid too. I did tons of stuff my mom and dad wouldn't have thought I would do!

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We 2 Bees said...

Thanks for sharing, it's amazing all the things we need to teach our children in this world.

RaD said...

In total and complete agreeance (is that even a word) here. My kids are still young and have no need for a cell phone, but I know the time is coming and I am completely prepared to go to war if I have to.

One Petal At A Time said...

Its crazy how things have changed within 12 yrs from today. When teenagers didnt have cell phones like they do now. I remember having my first cell phone when I was out of highschool, 18, and working to pay for it! In my opinion, I think that it will be the same way with my kid.

Anonymous said...

The gods tempt people for which they are most weak. Artificial Intelligence will create desire in people's minds for the following sins:::
1. Alcohol
2. Drugs
3. Preditory "earning"
4. Homosexuality
5. Gambling
6. Something for nothing/irresponsibility (xtianity)
7. Polygamy/superiority over women/misogyny (Islam)
Much like the other prophets Mohhamed (polygamy/superiority over women/misogyny) and Jesus (forgiveness/savior), the gods use me for temptation as well. In today's modern society they feel people are most weak for popular culture/sensationalism, and the clues date back to WorldWarII and Unit731:TSUSHOGO.
It has been discussed that, similar to the Matrix concept, the gods will offer a REAL "Second Coming of Christ", while the "fake" Second Coming will come at the end and follow New Testiment scripture and their xtian positioning. I may be that real Second Coming.
What I teach is the god's true way. It is what is expected of people, and only those who follow this truth will be eligible to ascend into heaven as children in a future life. They offered this event because the masses have just enough time to work on and fix their relationship with the gods and ascend, to move and grow past Planet Earth, before the obligatory xtian "consolation prize" of "1000 years with Jesus on Earth" begins.

Your job as a future mother is to learn the god's ways and to help your child understand despite the negative reinforcement and conditioning of today's society. Without consciousous parents the child will have no hope, and may even exaserbate their disfavor by becoming corrupted in today's environment.
Your ultimate goal is to fix your relationship wiith the gods and move on. You don't want to be comfortable here, and the changes in Western society in the last 100 years has achieved just that.
1000 years with Jesus is the consolation prize. Don't be deceived into thinking that is the goal.

The Prince of Darkness, battling the gods over the souls of the Damned.
It is the gods who have created this environment and led people into Damnation with temptation. The god's positioning proves they work to prevent people's understanding.
How often is xtian dogma wrong? Expect it is about the Lucifer issue as well.
The fallen god, fighting for justice for the disfavored, banished to Earth as the fallen angel?
I believe much as the Noah's Flood event, the end of the world will be initiated by revelry among the people. Revelry will be positioned to be sanctioned by the gods and led for "1000 years with Jesus on Earth".
In light of modern developments this can entail many pleasures:::Medicine "cures" aging, the "manufacture" of incredible beauty via cloning as sex slaves, free (synthetic) cocaine, etc.
Somewhere during the 1000 years the party will start to "die off", literally. Only those who maintain chaste, pure lifestyles will survive the 1000 years. They will be the candidates used to (re)colonize (the next) Planet Earth, condemned to relive the misery experienced by the peasantry during Planet Earth's history.
If this concept of Lucifer is true another role of this individual may be to initiate disfavor and temptation among this new population, the proverbial "apple" of this Garden of Eden. A crucial element in the history of any planet, he begins the process of deterioration and decay that leads civilizations to where Planet Earth remains today.

Only children go to heaven. By the time you hit puberty it is too late. This is charecteristic of the gods:::Once you realize what you have lost it is too late.
Now you are faced with a lifetime to work to prepare for your next chance. Too many will waste this time, getting stoned, "Hiking!", working, etc.