A high school student in Moncton is researching why sexting and sending nude photographs and videos have become the norm among teens. Osowski said after her own experience with being harassed online, she decided it was time to address the issue head-on. Last September, she started a research project on gender toxicity in the media, which included exploring why boys feel the pressure to ask young women to take photos of themselves naked and send it to them. She said her research shows that teenage girls feel compelled to comply because their behaviour is being driven by media messages that she says are toxic for young women. She has presented her suggestions, which include in-class discussions about nude photos, media exploitation of women and unhealthy male gender representations online, to the Anglophone East School District. Psychology teacher, Heather Gunn and sociology teacher, Chris Evans have helped Osowski in her research.
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Since they became widespread in high schools over the past few years, they have led to increased rates of cyberbullying , facilitated addictions to social media , and helped make teens increasingly depressed. But smartphones have had a particularly devastating effect on girls. At Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas, female students regularly face sexual harassment and are under constant pressure to share sexually explicit images of themselves online. Those were the findings of Nicolette, a year-old woman who went undercover as a Highland Park student for the spring semester. Nicolette discovered that sexting was much more common than it was when she graduated from high school in
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Our lives these days are intertwined with our digital devices, for good or for ill. That includes adolescent romantic and sexual relationships of all kinds — happy, tragic, mutual, one-sided, healthy, abusive. And experts say that rather than being shocked to find that kids are sexting, we should instead be talking about it from an early age, just as we should about other aspects of their developing sense of their sexual identities.
A recent survey by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy found that 22 percent of teen girls and 20 percent of teen boys have sent nude or semi-nude photos over the Internet or their cell phones. Kids "sext" to show off, to entice someone, to show interest in someone, or to prove their commitment. Sending seductive pictures or messages is problematic enough, but the real challenge comes when this inappropriate content is shared broadly. When revealing photos are made public, the subject of them almost always ends up feeling humiliated. Furthermore, sending sexual images to minors is against the law, and some states have begun prosecuting children for child pornography or felony obscenity. Since Texas Senate Bill passed in , the legal consequences regarding sexting have been expanded in Texas. Therefore, it is extremely important for everyone - especially minors - to become aware of the penalties that can come from being convicted or adjudicated of sexting. If an individual is convicted of the felony offense of possession or promotion of child pornography, penalties range from 2 to 20 years in prison. Skip to Main Content.