Division of Student Services

   

Combating Student Sexting

Ms. Martha Z. Harris, Administrative Director
mharris1@dadeschools.net
305-995-7338


Parent Resources


Advice for Parents
Don’t wait for an incident to happen to your child or your child’s friend before you talk about the consequences of sexting. Sure, talking about sex or dating with teens can be uncomfortable, but it’s better to have the talk before something happens.
Remind your kids that once an image is sent, it can never be retrieved -- and they will lose control of it. Ask teens how they would feel if their teachers, parents, or the entire school saw the picture, because that happens all the time.
Talk about pressures to send revealing photos. Let teens know that you understand how they can be pushed or dared into sending something. Tell them that no matter how big the social pressure is, the potential social humiliation can be hundreds of times worse.
Teach your children that the buck stops with them. If someone sends them a photo, they should delete it immediately. It’s better to be part of the solution than the problem. Besides, if they do send it on, they're distributing pornography -- and that’s against the law.
Check out ThatsNotCool.com. It’s a fabulous site that gives kids the language and support to take texting and cell phone power back into their own hands. It’s also a great resource for parents who are uncomfortable dealing directly with this issue.
Talk to your school’s student services professional (e.g. counselor, school social worker, TRUST specialist or school psychologist) for additional support and assistance.
Helpful websites
NetSmartz - NetSmartz features information about the latest issues and concerns facing internet users and illustrates helpful safety techniques with step-by-step video tutorials.

 

 

 

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