Kids and the Dangers of Sexting

Posted by David Vita on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:59 PM

Kids and the Dangers of Sexting 
January 24 Presentation at The Unitarian Church in Westport
Center for Children’s Advocacy Attorney Leon Smith will provide a free presentation for the community on January 24 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at The Unitarian Church in Westport.

Sexting can have devastating consequences for the children and teens involved.

There are serious legal consequences, depending on age and the content and number of messages

There are social and
emotional consequences when a sext message goes viral. Parents, friends, family, teachers, employers can all find and view the photos. They are online and accessible forever.

There are educational consequences. Schools who research applicants will find these messages and decline admission because of poor judgement.

There are employment consequences. Employers conduct online searches of applicants and may not offer employment based on online information.

“This is an extremely important issue for kids and for their parents and school communities,” said Center for Children’s Advocacy attorney Leon Smith. “The consequences can be devastating and we must do what we can to educate and inform kids, parents and the community so we can protect children from negative outcomes and long term harm.”

Rev. Dr. John Morehouse, Senior Minister of The Unitarian Church in Westport, added, “The importance of understanding the dangers of sexting cannot be underestimated. Programs like this are essential in educating children, teens, and parents in developing the skills necessary to bridge the gap between global social media and healthy personal social relationships.”

The Unitarian Church in Westport is located at 10 Lyons Plains Rd, Westport, CT 06880.

Presentation is free and open to the public. 

Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, email bberk@cca-ct.org




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