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Digital Safety Month: Sexting

Sophomores
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Erica Lasley

on 15 March 2016

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Transcript of Digital Safety Month: Sexting

The Dangers of Sexting
Sexting: Definition
Sexting refers to someone writing sexually suggestive messages, taking sexually suggestive photos of themselves or others, and transmitting those photos and/or messages to their peers.
Video: "Message Sent"
71% of teen girls and 67% of teen guys who have sent or posted sexually suggestive content say they have sent/posted this content to a boyfriend/girlfriend.
21% of teen girls and 39% of teen boys say they have sent such content to someone they wanted to date or hook up with.
38% of teen girls and 39% of teen boys say they have had sexually suggestive text messages or emails—originally meant for someone else—shared with them.
Kentucky Law
As of September 1, 2011
A minor caught sexting can be charged with a misdemeanor.




Misdemeanor charges range up to $4,000.





The minor and one of his or her parents will be required to take a State sponsored sexting education class.





Repeat offenses can earn you jail time.





Age Limitations: 2 years or less age difference between sender and receiver. (More than 2 years age difference falls under child pornography laws)
Before You Say "Not Me!"
Consider This...
Before you take that picture...
Never take a picture of yourself that you wouldn't want everyone to see.
This includes:
Classmates
Family
Teachers
Employers
Your Pastor
Activity
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Follow Up Activities
You will be discussing this topic further in homeroom with peer leaders.
Do not assume anything sent or posted (online) is going to remain private. (This includes email!)
Once a photo is online, what happens to it is out of your control. Anything you post online is there forever – you can never fully remove it.
Nothing is truly anonymous. (Deal.org)
If someone is pressuring you online, or if someone is making you feel uncomfortable, tell an adult you trust and block that person.
Unplug or disable your webcam when you aren't using it.
"Google" yourself every once in awhile to make sure nothing inappropriate comes up.
Set a "Google" alert for your name. You may be tagged in a picture or mentioned in a blog or post and not know about it.
Helpful Tips
Under the Criminal Code, it is illegal to make, have in your possession and distribute pictures, videos, recordings, etc. of other minors under the age of 18 (as this is deemed “child pornography”). You can face harsh consequences if you are charged with any of these offenses. (Deal.org)
It's Illegal
Keep Your Pictures PG


The Commonwealth of Kentucky does not a have a specific statute for sexting offenses. Anyone (including a minor) who creates, distributes or possesses an image of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct may be prosecuted under the Commonwealth’s child pornography laws and if convicted, could receive jail time and will generally need to register as a sex offender.




Legislative Summary

In 2010, Kentucky proposed legislation to address sexting, however the bill failed and no new proposal has yet been made. Therefore, under Kentucky law, individuals, including minors, who are caught creating, distributing or possessing a sexually explicit image of a minor (including an image of themselves) could be charged with a felony under the Commonwealth’s child pornography statutes. If the minor is convicted they may receive jail time and will generally need to register as a sex offender.



Law and Punishment

In general, under Kentucky law it is a criminal offense to:
•Knowingly use a communications system, including computers, cellular telephones, or any other electronic means, for the purpose of procuring or promoting the use of a minor in sexual activity.
If convicted, an offender could receive up to 5 years in jail.

If convicted, offenders will generally be required to register as a sex offender.
Other Consequences...
27% of colleges will "Google" applicants.
26% of colleges will look applicants up on FaceBook.
80% of employers will "Google" applicants/Look them up on Social Media.
51% of teen girls say pressure from a guy is a reason girls send sexy messages or images; only 18% of teen boys cited pressure from female counterparts as a reason.
66% of teen girls and 60% of teen boys say they
did so to be “fun or flirtatious”— their most
common reason for sending sexy content.
40% of teen girls said they sent sexually suggestive
messages or images as “a joke.”
The Problem with Snap Chat
"Unfortunately, recent news shows that
the mobile application can be easily hacked
and "deleted" photos are actually recoverable."
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