Teens are posting/sharing suggestive pics
A recent survey by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwed Pregnancy and CosmoGirl.com investigated the online habits of youth and young adults. The results suggest that 18% of teen boys and 22% of girls have sent or posted nude or semi-nude pictures or videos of themselves. Thirty-nine percent of teens have posted sexually explicit messages. These posts are made despite the fact that 75% of youth state that doing so might "have serious negative consequences." The report urged teens to stop and think before sending such material, reminding them (as we did in a recent Family Anatomy episode on internet safety) that information posted online doesn't "go away." They also list some tips for parents:
- Talk to your kids about their online activities.
- Find out who your kids are talking.
- Think about putting limits on their internet communication.
- Be aware of what they're posting.
- Set clear expectations about what you consider to be appropriate on the internet.
An excellent website, Commonsense Media, has a section about online behaviour and supervision, along with detailed information for parents about movie and television content. You can read more here and here (.pdf).
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