A friend from High School responded to my post of Sexting. I want to share with you an except of what happened with his son and my response.
I saw you message about sexting and I wanted to share with you what happened to my son @ school.
Each student gets an apple laptop for the year. Some girls sent him some naked pics with them having sex w each other and my kid opened the email up and looked @ them.
Later, he took the laptop in to be checked for a problem and the teacher found the pics .
I got a call from the vice principal who told me that my son was suspended from school and if they would have been able to identify the girls he could have been charged by the police as a sexual predator!
…even though he was the innocent party. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. He could been tagged with this for the rest of his life!
The girls today are worse than the guys. What kid at that age wouldn’t look at this stuff? I had a long talk with my son and he promised me he wouldn’t open any more emails that were unfamilar on his school computer.
It’s a tough world for these kids today. Thanks for mentioning this.
The world is obsessed with sexual predator phobia. It is becoming like the Salem witch hunts and McCarthyism.
The real problem isn’t the kids. It’s the parents. We the parents are tolerating and supporting the media that makes all these sexually laden messages available. The kids are just reacting normally to the flood to trash that is thrown at them everyday on TV and in music.
There is a certain mistaken idea in the world that there is such a thing that is ‘not appropriate for children’ that is appropriate for adults. That is wrong. Anything that is too explicate or violent for children is not good for adults either.
In the words of the great philosopher (Pogo)–
“we have met the enemy and they is us”
Anthony Kane, MD