In addition to managing circumstances that put you or your family at risk, managing risk includes managing behaviors that put you or your loved ones at risk. The focus of the MRIR Message
this month is sexting, which refers to sending sexually implied or explicit text messages, often accompanied by a similarly explicit picture.
Read the information below and review the
selected safety tips for the next 30 days. Make managing risk a way of life. Know what puts you and your family at risk and how to respond responsibly - and practice until that response is
instinctive. That's what MRIR is all about...
What is the risk in sexting?
The teen years have long been known for risk taking and errors in judgment. Most teens engage in risky behavior knowing that the consequences could be serious, but the immature
mind values the thrill more than the danger. A new and alarming practice that is becoming increasingly popular with teens across the country is sending nude or semi-nude pictures
of themselves and others to one another on their mobile phones in a practice called “sexting”. Adolescents love to test the limits, but what started out as risky fun has spread fast
and is leading to serious consequences in courtrooms across America.
How widespread is sexting?
Research conducted by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy revealed that 20 per cent of teens in the United States say they have sent or posted lewd photos or
video of themselves. (read more)
Why do students engage in sexting? (read more)
What can you do now to start managing risk with regard to sexting?
Go to www.kindervision.org. Be aware of pictures on your child’s cell phone. Have a family discussion on the good and bad of texting. Talk to your
young people about the legal ramifications of sexting. (read more)
Read the information below and review the selected safety tips for the next 30 days. Make managing risk a way of life. Know what puts you and your family at risk and how to respond responsibly - and practice until that response is
instinctive. That's what MRIR is all about... (read more)
Safety Tip of the Month
KV Safety Tip for 8 and under:
Tell your parents if anyone makes you feel uncomfortable on line or in person.
KV Safety Tip for ‘Tweens:
Do not text personal information over your phone or the internet. You have no control over where it will go.
KV Safety Tip for Teens and Older:
Never send sexually explicit pictures over the phone or internet. You could go to jail, be labeled a sex offender for life, and your parents could be sued.
(More Information on Tips for Teens and Parents)
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