ERIC Number: EJ863907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Dealing with the Nightmare of "Sexting"
Boucek, Sara G.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v75 n3 p10-12 Nov 2009
The phenomenon of "sexting," or forwarding nude or seminude photographs of other students in schools via cell phone or other electronic media, is occurring with regularity. Administrators and boards of education struggle with disciplining students for such actions when policies and procedures have not kept pace with the rapid changes in technology. Administrators face additional challenges in investigating these incidents in compliance with state laws while avoiding personal criminal liability for actions such as failing to report the incident under a state mandatory reporting law or receiving and possessing the photograph, potentially in violation of child pornography laws. This article discusses the legal ramifications for a school administrator when a student is caught sexting. The author urges school district administrators to be pro-active by reviewing and revising current policies and procedures, developing and creating new policies in concert with technology specialists and law enforcement agencies, and communicating such policies to administrators, staff, students, and the community. Policies must be legally reviewed to ensure the everyone's rights are protected.
Descriptors: Photography, Laws, Compliance (Legal), Law Enforcement, Pornography, Board of Education Policy, Computer Mediated Communication, Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Sexuality, Legal Responsibility, Teacher Role, Administrator Role, Adolescents, Consciousness Raising, Secondary School Students
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Education Level: Secondary Education
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