What Is Sexting?

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What Is Sexting?

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Sexting is the act of sending nude, or semi-nude, photos via electronic communication. Across the country, the laws of sexting are very different. In some states, it's even considered child pornography when minors do it. Meaning, if a minor sends a picture of him or herself to somebody else via electronic communication, they have produced child pornography. The person who receives it on the other end is in possession of child pornography. These are felonies in several states. What is the same across the country are the emotional consequences that ensue when children sext. They don't understand that these images are out there forever and can be see by anyone. This can be devastating to a young person, and often, cyber bullying follows. We want to make sure that we talk to our kids about what is appropriate and what is not appropriate when taking pictures of themselves. We don't even want them taking provocative pictures that might draw the wrong attention from the wrong person.

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Lori Getz, M.A.

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Since 2004 Lori has worked as an Instructional Technologist in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State University and is certified by isafe.org as an Internet Safety Specialist. In September 2008 Lori founded Cyber Education Consultants and began speaking to students, parents, and educators about Internet safety, security and ethics.  Since that time Lori has reached out to Internet users across the world!  Her mission is simple- to help bridge the gap between a young generation of digital natives and their parents and teachers. 

Today, Cyber Education Consultants provides workshops, professional development and consulting services to more than 100 schools across the country.

Lori is an educator, mother, and Internet safety expert.  She has appeared on the "Dr. Phil Show," "Today," "HLN," “Dr. Drew” and several other local news and radio programs (including the Ryan Seacrest show on KIIS FM).  She often lectures live, speaking to parents, teachers and students. Lori has been published in several areas including as an online expert for momlogic.com and kidsinthehouse.org.  Most recently was featured in Rachel Simmons’ new edition of “Odd Girl Out” and Lucie Hemmen’s, Ph.D “Parenting a Teen Girl.” She is currently working with the “I Have a Plan” series to develop a children’s book on online safety.  Her insight comes from both her professional and personal life working with children, tweens and teens.  

 

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