‘Sexting’ (a combination of sex and texting) is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily between cell phones. It shows poor judgment when using digital technology by sending an image, video or text message of an explicit (adult) or risque nature to another individual.
Now the New York City Department of Education realizes just how dangerous ‘sexting’ is, they’re ready to ban it … even if it’s on a student’s own time.
Under a new rules proposal, kids will proposed new rules, kids be looking at suspensions of up to 90 days for texting suggestive pictures or notes to each other whether they’re in school or not.
New York does not yet have anti-bullying prevention legislation, yet the proposal calls for kids to be ousted from claws if they’re “cyberbullying” which is harassing a victim with nasty texts or online posts.
According to news sources a hearing on these changes is slated for Wednesday.
Bayside High School PTA President David Solano told news sources that “It empowers the school to be able to address the issue.” He said cyberbullying, in particular, has become an “increasing” problem.
Yet, the NY Daily News reported that Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union supported kids’ right to sext, saying the agency should not regulate activities outside schools and “narrowly define the offense” because this leaves kids open to punishment even for harmless love notes.
Almost 1 in 5 sext recipients report they’ve passed “sexy” or “nude” images on to someone else, with 52% saying that just thought others would want to see them. Thirty-five percent had a desire to show off and 26 % were just bored.
Because of the torment experienced by those who sexted these photos to their boyfriends and in some case girlfriends — these victims have suffered bullying, teasing, and cyberbullying. Some of these incidents have led to suicide as an alternative to stop the pain and some of those who posted and forwarded the explicit photos faced serious criminal charges.
‘Sexting’ and cyberbullying are serious, dangerous, they have consequences and can ruin a kid’s future. Parents, schools, communities and law enforcement must work together to keep our children safe.
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