Straight Talk about Sexting and Messaging
This item is included in the following series/curriculum: Cyber Safety Tool Kit
Running Time: 19 Minutes
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True life stories offer cautionary tales about the dangers of sexting and anonymous messaging on cell phones and on social media. Students will learn that privacy is not possible on the Internet and once a nude photo or racy text is sent, it is likely to come back to haunt them. Viewers learn the downside of sexting, including possible charges of sending or receiving child pornography, being blackmailed by exes who threaten to release private photos, being labeled a sex offender, and experiencing severe depression about loss of control of their images,videos,and reputations.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts in digital format
DVD contains Spanish subtitles.
This tried-and-true series relies on its successful formula to provide information on a topic of current interest to teens. Two college-age hosts introduce the issue of sexting and messaging, followed by teens revealing their experiences. An expert talks about the social, psychological, and legal ramifications of sexting, which is described as a way to express attraction and intimacy in an online environment. There is some discussion about how sexting mostly involves men pressuring women to engage in it. Teens are reminded to consider the same questions they should ask themselves when deciding whether to have sex, including, most important, “Is there trust?” The topic of sexting and the law is examined; legal consequences such as being charged with trafficking in child pornography and being labeled a sex offender are covered. Finally, if teens either receive or send sexts that become widely shared, they are told to seek out parents or trusted adults for help. VERDICT Though there’s not a lot of new material here, this is a good introduction to the subject, with tips on how to respond after an incident.--Ann Brownson, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
School Library Journal
Combining facts presented by the hosts, expert commentary from Nicole Cushman (executive director at the sex education national organization Answer), and personal stories by real-life teens, this is an informative guidance program on the dangers of “sexting” (sending sexual photos or texts using smartphones). Straight Talk explores how changing technology affects how we relate to one another, noting that some people use sexting to flirt and express affection from afar, which can have the upside of being safe from physical risk of STIs or pregnancy. However, as participants note, once you send something online, it can’t be retrieved and can resurface following a breakup. A boy here talks about a long-distance romance with a summer camp girl whom he felt pressured to sext with, while a girl “felt like he’d like me more” after sexting, but her boyfriend showed her pictures to people on the bus. And another teen is publicly humiliated-and subsequently bullied, and grows suicidal-when her pix are forwarded, eventually reaching more than 10 schools and her principal. Also touching on the legal ramifications-including penalties, fines, criminal charges, and probation-Straight Talk includes helpful advice about protecting yourself and the importance of trust and consent in healthy relationships. A straightforward, timely title, this is highly recommended. Aud: J,J,C,P. (J. Williams-Wood)