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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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