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ERIC Number: EJ904670
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
Technology and the Law: The Dangers of Sexting in Schools
Russo, Charles J.; Arndt, Kelli Jo
School Business Affairs, v76 n4 p36-38 May 2010
Communication through technology occupies an increasingly greater role in people's lives, whether by way of cell phones and other handheld communication devices, such as Blackberries and iPods, or Internet access using computers. Not surprisingly, students and young adults have devised unanticipated applications for technology that raise significant legal implications for school business officials and other education leaders. The most recent and most troublesome misuse of technology involves sexting--the practice of sending or posting sexually explicit images or text messages via cell phones and other handheld devices. While photographing and exploiting nudity or sexually graphic materials have certainly been around since the proverbial time immemorial, today, in the cyber age of instantaneous far-reaching communication, images can be sent immediately and irretrievably. Based on the speed of electronic communications, questions arise about whether students or their parents fully comprehend the ramifications of their actions when young people engage in sexting and its potentially dire consequences. This article discusses the legal issues of sexting. Aware of the legal challenges that student sexting can present, school business officials, acting in conjunction with other education leaders and their boards, should develop policies to educate students, their parents, and staff on the severity and potentially long-term harmful consequences of sexting. Keeping in mind that the best intervention is prevention, policies should raise awareness of and provide professional development sessions for educators since they are on the front line of dealing with sexting and other abuses associated with technology. The authors provide some suggestions that should help school business officials and other education leaders as they devise policies that address sexting.
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Language: English
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