Health & Safety

April 4, 2014

Parents urged to help prevent teen sexting

City of Sierra Vista

The Sierra Vista Police Department has investigated several sexting reports in the past two months and urges parents to get involved and help prevent teens from making a mistake that could haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Sexting is sending sexually explicit pictures or messages primarily by text messaging with cell phones. Research shows that approximately 20 – 30 percent of teens have sent and/or received a sext.

“What most teens don’t think about is that their nude pictures could end up on social networking sites and passed around to a larger audience than they anticipated,” says Cpl. Scott Borgstadt, Sierra Vista community resource officer.

The reality is once a picture goes viral on the Internet, there is no control over it nor can it ever be taken back. That picture will be out there today, tomorrow and years later, available for college recruiters and potential bosses to find.

“Those who copy, forward, or post nude pictures online could face serious criminal charges like sexual exploitation of a minor with a prison stay of 17 years for each image and a lifetime registration as a sex offender,” adds Borgstadt.

What can parents do?

Don’t wait for an incident to happen; talk to teens now about sexting. Let them know you understand the pressures they face but the long-term consequences and humiliation they could face once a picture is sent is much worse.

Teach teens that the buck stops with them and they should delete inappropriate pictures sent to them.

Periodically check teens’ cell phones and social network sites. Make sure they are aware of what you believe is inappropriate and that you will be checking.

Install parental safeguards on computers to prevent inappropriate material from being downloaded.

Develop a cell phone contract. This will give teens some say in the limits imposed and help them become independent in successfully dealing with technology. Place a clause in the contract that includes the consequences of sexting. Be sure your teens understands the consequences for breaching your mutually agreed-upon contract.

More tips and information about sexting are available at American Academy Of Pediatrics, www.aap.org; Adolescent Counseling Services, www.acs-teens.org; and National Crime Prevention Council; www.ncpc.org.

For more information, contact Borgstadt, 452.7500.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Cyber-Security-Scout-Article-06OCT2014

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

U.S. Army graphic by Lawrence Boyd “You Are the First Line of Defense.” That is the message those who are responsible for the defense of the Army’s networks wants to get out to the rest of the Army during National Cyber S...
 
 

Trick-or-treat hours set for Fort Huachuca Oct. 31

Fort Huachuca Halloween trick-or-treating will take place Oct. 31 from 6 – 8 p.m. for children under 14. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Standard access requirements for the installation remain in effect. This includes the requirement that everyone 16 and over entering the installation provide a valid picture identification and...
 
 
MasterTrainingFitness10_W3_Hidalgo

FH Soldiers take Army Master Fitness Training Course, prepare to train others to become fit

Soldiers of the Army Master Fitness Training program execute guerilla drills for their morning physical readiness training session during week three of the course at Barnes Field House on Fort Huachuca. The Soldiers spent half ...
 

 

Message from the Commanding General United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca COLUMBUS DAY SAFETY MESSAGE

Columbus Day commemorates the discovery of our continent and has been a celebrated Federal Holiday since 1937. I encourage everyone to take some much deserved time off to enjoy and celebrate this time off with Family and friends. As you embark on your long weekend, please exercise caution and emphasize safety when taking part in...
 
 

Disability Employment Awareness showcased this month

“Expect. Employ. Empower.” is the National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme for October 2014. The history of National Disability Employment Month goes back to 1945 when Congress enacted a resolution declaring the first week in October each year. “National Employ the Physically Handicapped.” It has since been expended to recognize all disabilities, mental or physical,...
 
 

Local jury scam alert — avoid becoming a victim

The Sierra Vista Police Department, SVPD, is warning residents not to fall prey to the “jury scam”— a ploy often used by scam artists. Three callers reported the same ruse to officers Oct. 2. All three received a call from a person claiming to be with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office looking to collect $4,500...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin