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Sexting. Frederick S. Lane Boston College 03 March 2011. How One Click Can Ruin Your Child’s Life. Seminar Overview. Introduction Children and Technology Cyberbullying & Sexting Emotional and Social Consequences Legal Consequences Prevention. Introduction.

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sexting
Sexting

Frederick S. Lane

Boston College

03 March 2011

How One Click Can Ruin

Your Child’s Life

www.FrederickLane.com

seminar overview
Seminar Overview
  • Introduction
  • Children and Technology
  • Cyberbullying & Sexting
  • Emotional and Social Consequences
  • Legal Consequences
  • Prevention

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introduction
Introduction
  • Attorney, Educational Consultant & Lecturer

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Introduction
  • Attorney, Educational Consultant & Lecturer
  • Author of 5 Books

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Introduction
  • Attorney, Educational Consultant & Lecturer
  • Author of 5 Books
  • Computer Forensics Expert

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Introduction
  • Attorney, Educational Consultant & Lecturer
  • Author of 5 Books
  • Computer Forensics Expert
  • Chair, Burlington (VT) School Board

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Introduction
  • Attorney, Educational Consultant & Lecturer
  • Author of 5 Books
  • Computer Forensics Expert
  • Chair, Burlington (VT) School Board
  • Student Safety & Privacy Advocate

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communication at the speed of light
Communication at the Speed of Light
  • 1983 – 1st US mobile call

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Communication at the Speed of Light
  • 1983 – 1st US mobile call
  • 1995 – Web explodes

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Communication at the Speed of Light
  • 1983 – 1st US mobile call
  • 1995 – Web explodes
  • 1996 – Jennicam

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Communication at the Speed of Light
  • 1983 – 1st US mobile call
  • 1995 – Web explodes
  • 1996 – Jennicam
  • 2002 – 1st US camera phone

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Communication at the Speed of Light
  • 1983 – 1st US mobile call
  • 1995 – Web explodes
  • 1996 – Jennicam
  • 2002 – 1st US camera phone
  • 2006 – ½ of all cell phones have cameras

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Communication at the Speed of Light
  • 1983 – 1st US mobile call
  • 1995 – Web explodes
  • 1996 – Jennicam
  • 2002 – 1st US camera phone
  • 2006 – ½ of all cell phones have cameras
  • 2008 – 1.9 billion camera phones

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kids love cell phones
Kids LOVE Cell Phones
  • 2001 ~ An estimated 20% have cell phones
  • Cell phone companies discover the teen market
  • By 2006, 40% of teens have cell phones
  • By 2009, that figure doubled to 83%
  • 20% of kids 6-11 own a phone
  • Average age of ownership is now < 10
  • 55% say top cell phone activity is texting

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amazingly busy fingers
Amazingly Busy Fingers
  • In 2008, U.S. mobile subscribers sent an astounding 900 billion SMS text messages. Another 32 billion MMS messages were sent, a 120% increase over 2007
  • An estimated 250 billion digital photographs were taken with cell phones
  • Number of photos and text messages is expected to rise sharply in years to come

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when sharing circles go bad
When Sharing Circles Go Bad

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cyberbullying
Cyberbullying

The use of the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person

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Sexting

“The act of sending sexually explicit photos, images, or messages electronically, primarily by cell phone or the Internet”

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culture sexting
Culture & Sexting
  • Television & Movies
  • The Internet
  • Porn Chic

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Culture & Sexting
  • Television & Movies
  • The Internet
  • Porn Chic
  • Celebrity Sexting
  • Hormones

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the scope of the sexting problem
The Scope of the Sexting Problem
  • Findings of a Fall 2008 study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy:
    • 20% of teens 13-19 have sent or posted a nude photo or video
    • 2/3 of those sent the content to a boyfriend/girlfriend, 15% of whom forwarded it.
    • 15% of teens sending nude photos/videos have sent the content to people they only know online

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Latest Sexting Stats – April ‘09
  • 30% of girls 9-15 have “sexted”
  • Typical age to start sending “sexts” – 12
  • Typical age to start receiving “sexts” – 10
  • Reasons for sending a “sext” message?
    • To get attention – 82%
    • To be cool – 67%
    • To be like the popular girls – 60%
    • To find a boyfriend – 55%

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way beyond kiss and tell
WAY Beyond “Kiss and Tell”
  • Three Most Common “Sext” Scenarios:
    • Romantic Couple Exchanges Sexts
    • Sext Messages Are Initially Private, but Are Redistributed by One Individual to Boast, for Revenge, etc.
    • Individual Solicits Sext as a Prelude to a Relationship, or As An Offer For One
  • No Such Thing As “Casual Sexts”

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prevention and education
Prevention and Education
  • Clear School District Policies
    • Acceptable Use Policies
    • Anti-Harassment and Anti-Cyberbullying
  • Student & Parent Education
    • Personal Privacy Curriculum
  • Staff Training
  • Law Enforcement & Legislative Outreach

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detection and response
Detection and Response
  • Be Aware of What’s Going on in Schools
  • Notify Parents
  • Interview Faculty, Staff & Students
  • Isolate & Lock Down Evidence
  • Get Legal / Law Enforcement Help ASAP
  • Follow Established Disciplinary Procedures
  • Use as a Teachable Moment

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emotional social consequences
Emotional & Social Consequences
  • Short Term:
    • Sexual Blackmail
    • Bullying, Harassment, & Ostracization
    • Embarrassment
  • Long Term:
    • Depression & Mental Illness
    • Loss of Scholarships, Admissions, Jobs
    • Self-Injury & Suicide

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jesse logan
Jesse Logan
  • 18 year old high school senior in Ohio
  • Sent nude photos of herself to her boyfriend
  • When they broke up, he forwarded them to various high school girls
  • Logan was harassed, taunted, and even physically assaulted because of the photographs
  • In July 2008, Logan committed suicide

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student legal consequences
Student Legal Consequences
  • School Sanctions:
    • Violation of various school policies
    • Removal from extra-curriculars or school
  • Civil Liability:
    • Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
    • Invasion of privacy (depending on state)
  • Criminal Prosecution:
    • Federal child pornography statutes (< 18)
    • State child pornography statutes (varies)

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district legal consequences
District Legal Consequences
  • Disruption of Educational Activities:
    • Possible investigation / seizure of network
  • Criminal Liability for Employees:
    • Relationship-Based Crimes
    • Possession / Distribution of Child Pornography
  • Civil Lawsuits
    • Failure to provide /maintain a safe environment
    • State child pornography statutes (varies)

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additional resources
Additional Resources
  • CommonSenseMedia.org
  • WiredSafety.org
  • FBI “A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety” -- http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm
  • iKeepSafe.org
  • iSafe.org

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vermont school board assoc
Vermont School Board Assoc.

My thanks to the Vermont School Board Association and its Associate Director, Winton Goodrich, for their support of my trip to the National School Board Association to make this presentation.

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Sexting

Frederick S. Lane

Boston College

03 March 2011

How One Click Can Ruin

Your Child’s Life

www.FrederickLane.com

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