Can Your Texting Land You in Court?

Courts are recognizing that harassment via text is still considered harassment as a Canadian woman has just been awarded $30,000 in a sexual harassment suit after receiving sexually explicit text messages from her boss. The woman, Lisa McIntosh, had briefly dated her boss, yet his texts continued even after they broke up. According to reports, his texts became increasingly inappropriate despite her clear requests that he stop texting her.

America’s leading textpert, Shawn Edgington, says that with over 500 million text messages being sent every day in America, texting is now becoming a prominent mode of communication commonly used in business environments and schools. As a result of our high use and false sense of privacy, more and more text messages are finding their way into the courtroom.

Invite this engaging and knowledgeable guest to answer:

Are text messages covered under the privacy protection of the fourth amendment?
Do businesses and schools need to have written text message policies?
Are adults subconsciously influencing children to sext?
When should parents teach their children to practice safe text?
Can parents be held liable for what their kids send in a text message?

Everyone needs to know that text messages don’t disappear once you hit delete, and that they’re date and time stamped for an extra level of incriminating evidence. The truth is, if you plan on sending a sext to someone who doesn’t want to play your game, expect that every single one of your messages will end up in the hands of authorities and could cost you in more ways than one.

CREDENTIALS: Shawn Edgington is America’s leading textpert and cyberbullying prevention expert, and the author of Read Between the Lines: A Humorous Guide to Texting with Simplicity and Style and The Parent’s Guide to Texting, Facebook and Social Media, which is slated for release next month.  Her mission is to raise public awareness about textual harassment, online predators, sexting, and cyberbullying prevention.  She teaches parents how to limit potential harm to their children from the nasty side of technology.  Edgington has been featured in the upcoming documentary: Submit: The Reality of Cyberbullying, by Fox Business, Imus in the Morning, ABC-7′s View from the Bay in San Francisco, KRON 4 News in San Francisco, CNN Radio, the San Francisco Chronicle, The San Diego Union-Tribune, CBS Radio, The Leslie Marshall Show, and American Cheerleader Magazine among others.

CONTACT: Shawn Marie Edgington, (925) 249-2850 (CA); shawn@shawnedgington.com; www.shawnedgington.com