Division of Student Services
Combating Student Sexting
Ms. Martha Z. Harris, Administrative Director
Sexting Board Policy, Procedures and Curriculum
On February 2011, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ School Board approved the school board policy titled, Sexting 5136.02. This board rule defines “sexting” and emphasizes the District’s commitment to prevent sexting, promoting awareness, engaging parental and community support and training for staff, parents to regulate cyber activities. Below is the link to the Sexting S.B.R.:
The M-DCPS procedures manual titled, Empowering Students to Engage In Positive Communications: A Guide to Combat Student Sexting (available as an e-handbook) outlines the district’s anti-sexting policy. Although the policy incorporates the identification and application of appropriate disciplinary measures as a significant component, the shift towards a more student-focused strategy reflects a recognition that sexting cases are inherently complex. Below is the link to the sexting procedures manual:
According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 20% of teenagers have electronically sent or posted nude or seminude pictures or video of themselves and approximately 44% of teenage girls and boys report that sexually suggestive messages are frequently shared with individuals other than the intended recipient.
In an effort to provide teachers and professionals with an effective instructional tool to help students practice positive communication via the electronic/web medium, the SEXTING: Empowering Students to Engage in Positive Communicationcurriculum was developed. Below is the link to the curriculum content: