In case you haven’t heard the term before, sexting is the sending of suggestive sexual messages, or suggestive, nude or semi-nude pictures via text. It galls me to think that we’ve given our kids cell phone so we can keep them safe, and that same cell phone is being used to rob their innocence, put them in embarrassing situations, and placing them in very dangerous places.
In Understanding Sexting I read some alarming statistics:
- 28% of teens admitted to having sent a sext
- Three-quarters of teens that sext also admitted to having sexual intercourse
- Kids involved in sexting are twice as likely to experience psychological distress, including thoughts of suicide
- Sexts are quickly becoming the preferred way of cyber-bullying
uknowkids.com has made available a very easy-to-read guide on the topic of sexting. Understanding Sexting can be read very quickly, and it will help you as a parent to be aware of the dangers your kids face, give you some discussion-starter ideas with your kids, as well as sharing some technology tools we can use to keep our kids safe.
“The single biggest deterrent to this risky behavior is parental involvement.” —Understanding Sexting
Understanding Sexting is a FREE e-book from uknowkids.com. Click here to be taken directly to the download page.
Don’t turn a blind eye to this dangerous use of technology that your kids are probably holding in their hand right now. Read this book and talk to your kids. Let’s keep them safe!