Should Sexting Be Illegal?
Stories about sexting (sending sexually explicit messages or photos via mobile phone) are all over the news. While several states are passing laws that lessen offenders’ legal burden, the aftermath of public humiliation can be devastating for victims.
How can parents educate their children about this growing threat? Ask Shawn Marie Edgington. As America’s cyberbullying prevention expert, Edgington’s mission is to protect children from cyberbullies and sexting.
“Sexting is an increasingly popular practice that puts teens at risk. A sext can be used to gain power and cause pain — and can lead to cyberbullying,” Edgington says.
Invite this engaging, knowledgeable guest to answer these hot-button questions:
- What are the penalties for distributing sexually explicit images of minors? Are they too harsh?
- Could teens who get caught sexting be forced to register as sex offenders?
- Should teens be charged as felons for forwarding a sext?
- What are the alternatives to sending our teens to jail?
- Should schools be required to provide “sext education”?
- What 5 steps can parents take to help prevent sexting?
CREDENTIALS: Shawn Edgington is America’s leading textpert and cyberbullying prevention expert, and the author of the newly released The Parent’s Guide to Texting, Facebook and Social Media and Read Between the Lines: A Humorous Guide to Texting with Simplicity and Style. She is also the founder of The Cyber Safety Academy. Her mission is to raise public awareness about textual harassment, online predators, sexting, and cyberbullying prevention. Edgington has been featured in the upcoming documentary Submit: The Reality of Cyberbullying, and 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, ESPN Radio, NPR, and The Leslie Marshall Show among others.
AVAILABILITY: Northern CA, nationwide by arrangement and via telephone
CONTACT: Shawn Marie Edgington, (925) 249-2850 (CA); firstname.lastname@example.org; www.shawnedgington.com