Sexting

According to FWISD Board Policy: Students are prohibited from sending or posting electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another's reputation, or illegal. This prohibition applies to conduct off school property if it results in a substantial disruption to the educational environment. Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, sexually oriented, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs will be disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct and may, in certain circumstances, be reported to law enforcement.

Did you know?
The % of teenagers sending or posting sexually suggestive messages:
• 39% of all teenagers (37% of teen girls and 40% of teen boys)
• 15 % of teenagers who have sent or posted nude or seminude images of themselves say they have done so to someone they only knew online.
• 71 % of teen girls and 67% of teen guys who have sent or posted sexually suggestive content say they have sent or posted this content to a boyfriend or girlfriend.
• 21 % of teenage girls and 39% of teen boys say they have sent such content to someone they wanted to date or hook up with.
• 36 % of teen girls and 39 % of teen boys say it is common for nude or semi-nude photos to get shared with people other than the intended
Source: National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Cosmogirl.com (October 2008 Sex and Tech Survey)

Sexting Consequences:
The consequences of sexting include:
• Legal- The laws against the production of pornography were developed to protect minors from being abused from adults. Most minors and adults are unaware of the legal consequences when making the decision to produce and/or distribute photos.
• Emotional-The emotional impact is significant when photos are distributed for the purpose of damaging reputations or harassing a victim.
• Social- Young people often do not understand the social impact these photos can have as they apply for school club membership, employment, college, etc.

Intervention:
If you are told about a sexting situation, contact your school administrator. Do not forward any photos. Save the evidence and obtain directions from law enforcement.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline: 1-800-843-5678

SOURCE: FORT WORTH ISD “IT’S NOT OKAY” PROGRAM – SEXTING
http://www.fwisd.org/Page/2161