There are legal consequences, and youth are vulnerable.
There are emotional, educational and long-term career consequences.
There is enormous trauma for adolescents whose privacy is violated as messages are passed along, and the developmental trauma complicates psychological, social and academic/career difficulties.
The issues are complex, the images are permanent, and the consequences are real.
Research and concerns began to emerge in 2009 as the media started to highlight long-term consequences. In legal cases, possible consequences include youth being charged with production or distribution of child pornography.
Sexting Prevention Education Program for CT (ppt curriculum)
Join us for this important program:
- Jonathan Gilman and the Looking In Theater – Hartford Academy for the Arts youth actors
- Julian Ford, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Law, UConn Health
- Attorney Leon Smith, Director, Racial Justice Project, Center for Children’s Advocacy