Today’s teens and tweens are connected to one another, and to the world, via digital technology more than any previous generation. Oftentimes, young people don’t realize how serious or permanent these acts are. They may send provocative pictures via text message or email for attention or due to impulsivity, limited judgment and sexual development/curiosity. This combined with social media’s immediate access can lead to dangerous consequences. Teenagers may not know that pictures sent through the Internet remain permanently in “cyberspace.” This permanency can affect their chances of getting a job or getting into college as many employers and colleges do Internet searches on applicants.
Recent data suggests that social media venues like Facebook and Twitter have surpassed e-mail as the preferred method of communication in all age groups. While today’s tweens and teens may be more digitally savvy than their parents, their lack of maturity and life experience can quickly get them into trouble with these new social venues. Social media thus presents all of us with new responsibilities and challenges, especially parents. It is up to parents, us coaches, counselors and educators to protect our children from the potential dangers of social media. For this reason, it is imperative that I do this show to help educate and inform teenagers, adults and parents alike about the downfalls of social media and sexting.
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