School District Aims to Put an End to 'Sexting'
But some wonder if this well intentioned policy might be overreaching.
If you’re a student in Troy, Michigan, you’ve officially been warned that your school district will not tolerate 'sexting', the transfer of any sexually explicit material via a mobile phone from one student to another, according to The Washington Post. School officials have been given the green light to confiscate a student’s phone if there is any complaint that student has been sexting—no matter if it happened on or off campus. Offender’s phone will be turned over to local prosecutors.
It’s part of a recent ban enforced by the Troy Board of Education.
Of course, no adult thinks it’s acceptable for teenagers to waste their data plans sending each other dirty photos. But some question if this policy is also a bit lewd in its criminalization of an action which is really nothing more than a physical expression of poor teenage decision making.
Michael J. Steinberg, legal director for the ACLU Michigan, was quoted in the Post story:
“Usually, this is kids being irresponsible and careless and certainly not criminals, and they shouldn’t be treated that way.”
There is also a differing of opinion regarding how big of a problem sexting actually is among teens. Some studies, such as one conducted in 2011 by the Pew Research Center reports that 4 percent of teenagers had sent naked images of themselves, and that 15 percent had received them. However, a Journal Pediatrics study reduces the percentage of teens that have texted sexual photos to 1 percent.
Regardless of how much texting is going on in Troy, Michigan, this policy will probably end up reflecting positively on the school district. Kids need to be sent the message that their naked bodies should not end up as someone else’s desktop wallpaper. However, the teenage libido has been causing trouble since the beginning of time. Let’s hope the authorities also remember that it’s not a crime to be young and hormonally compromised.
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60%+ of kids today are being raised by single parents, many of them borned of teen moms, who have no parental skill and lack education themselves: the "wild west" socially revisited, 21st century-version! Kids are raising themselves through electronic gadgets supported by the internet, that are their "sex-edu", self-learning/teaching tools, by trial and error....
Imagine growing up in such a confused environment, where every social and family issue has been turned into a political football, with new, unsettled definitions of a complexity beyond juvenile comprehension!
A ban on "Sexting"? Too late folks and unconstitutional! It's about parenting and discipline, and not government intervention!
So how did our parents get a hold of us kids at school whenever there was a sudden change of plans? They'd call the damn school. The secretary would write down the message, and someone would carry the note directly to the student. Message received. And how did we get a hold of our parents? We would use the office phone. Yes, the office phone. And how in the world did parents coordinate transportation for kids' extra-curriculars? They'd have that **** planned in advance, that's how. If you are in your thirties or older then you would likely know what I speak of.
Kids will be kids and are prone to make bad choices because their brains haven't finished developing. Human brains are fully developed at about age 25...or at least that's what I've been told. The school district shouldn't pry their noses into things done outside of school or school-sanctioned activities. Not only that, the school district shouldn't investigate sexts unless a student complains of harrassment (or continued unwanted sexual advances).
Texting, kids, and phones just don't mix well during class. Texting today is what passing notes was back in my day. Passing notes during class was never okay to do, and it's no different from texting if you think about it. Phones need to stay powered off during school, bottom line.
What's that? You need to get a hold of your child but you say you can't because the cell phone was confiscated some time ago. Call the ****ing school, moron, and leave a message. Damn, you are lucky you aren't living in the early 1900s with phones few and far in between.
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