Dangers of Sexting: What Teens Need to Know
Running Time: 17 Minutes
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In a recent survey, one in five teens admitted to sending nude or semi-nude photos or videos and more than half said it was common for explicit photos and text messages to be passed around among friends. View teens’ real stories: a girl recounts how a semi-nude picture of her became widely circulated in her school; a boy tells his story of how he received and forwarded a picture and was almost charged as a sex offender. A prominent sexuality educator drives home the legal consequences of sexting. Using a peer-to-peer approach, teens talk about the importance of resisting pressures to engage in sexting. They emphasize that you can’t assume that anything you send or post is going to remain private; that you can’t change your mind once something is out there in cyberspace; and that what you may think is a harmless joke may be interpreted very differently by someone else.
DVD: video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
Whiteboard Version: video, and all support materials, fact sheets and activity sheets on a data DVD (Designed to be used with SMART software)
Video Librarian: 3 out of 4 Stars (Good)
This sobering video warns teens of the dangers associated with "sexting," which it defines as the "electronic sharing of sexually explicit photographs, videos or text messages." Informative without being explicit, it examines the reasons why so many teens sext, and describes the frightening social and legal consequences of the practice. Teens are also offered tips on how to resist peer pressure to sext and how to enlist adult aid when they need help to resolve a sexting problem. Although the film's young adult narrators and teen educators provide good information, it is the stories of teens who share their negative experiences (one teen describes his arrest for child pornography as a "wake-up call") that will have the most impact on viewers and help them understand the short- and long-term perils of sexting. A 15-minute bonus segment for parents and professionals examines the issue from an adult perspective and urges parents to be proactive in setting limits for their children. Visuals include footage of the teens as well as graphics that provide definitions and important information. Reproducible classroom materials reinforce the messages in the film. Intended for a slightly more mature audience than Human Relations Media's recent B Careful When U Txt; The Dangers of Texting and Sexting (SLJ, Apr. 2010, p. 49), which is a more general overview of cell phone dangers, this video's strong cautionary tale will provoke discussion, and it should be required viewing for all teens.
Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
School Library Journal
Highly Recommended A relatively new phenomenon, a direct outgrowth of technology and social networking, sexting is the sending and receiving of sexually explicit pictures, videos and/or messages, primarily via cell phone. However distasteful these practices may be, there are very serious and criminal consequences associated with sexting, namely being branded a sex offender for life. Approximately 30% of teens engage in sexting because they think it's funny, they succumb to peer and dating pressure, they perceive received pictures to be trophies, and on a more malicious note, sexts are being used for revenged and defamation.
HRM products are typically well done, and this video is no exception; in fact, this is one of HRM better films. As always, HRM products come with teaching guides and additional resources, and this video even comes with an auxiliary segment for parents and educators. The Dangers of Sexting is of excellent quality in terms of video, audio and editing components, and is highly recommended. This film best suited for school libraries, and compliments curriculum units on technology/social media, sexuality education, and current events.
- Nicole Cooke, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO)