Young people speak up about Sexting & CyberBullying on MTV’s “Over the Line”

MTV’s “A Thin Line” Campaign encourages young people to understand the difference between digital use and digital abuse.

With articles regarding sexting, constant messages, spying, digital disrespect and cruelty; I must say this is an excellent website!  I believe that the best way to overcome an issue is to understand that you are not alone and the “Over the Line” section of A Thin Line allows young people to address difficult personal issues without ridicule.

Users can make anonymous posts or create a profile to share their experiences and have peers rate whether their situation is “Over the Line.” I’ve been reading the posts and I have been compelled to comment.    Check it out!

The application will include stories that range from the humorous to the dramatic and plugs into Facebook, he said.

Fifty percent of 14 to 24 year olds have been the target of some form of digital abuse and 30 percent have sent or received nude photos of other young people on their cell phones or online, according to a December study released by MTV and the Associated Press.

Twelve percent of those who have sexted have contemplated suicide, which is four times higher than those who haven’t, the study concluded.

Sources: Fast Company Blog; ABC

WTF:41 Year Old Teacher ‘Sexts’ Naked Pics to 15 Year Old

I have lost count of stories like these, I guess this is the norm for today’s classrooms.

Photo: Melinda Dennehy.

via CBS

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (CBS/WBZ) Perhaps New Hampshire high school teacher Melinda Dennehy missed the orientation session when they explained that sending your naked photos to a student is sort of a bad idea.

Police say the 41-year-old English teacher sent four sexy shots of herself to a 15-year-old male student at Londonderry High School. The student, it seems, thought that was pretty nifty. Police say he forwarded the images to his friends.

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Teens Arrested for Sending Nude Flicks via Sexting


via Switched

Six Greensburg, Pennsylvania high-schoolers, found out to be exchanging nude pictures of themselves via text message this past November, have now been charged with child pornography, according to FOX News.

Three unidentified girls between the ages of 14 and 15 allegedly sent nude pictures of themselves to three boys, all between 16 and 17. Apparently, the school found out when one student’s cell phone was confiscated for being used during school hours. Said pictures were stored in the phone.

This news, filed under ‘sexting,’ comes on the heels of a similar story, having taken place on the other side of the country. There is a big difference here, though. While the Seattle teenagers were kicked off the cheerleading team, the Greensburg teenagers are being charged as criminals. Continue reading

Nude Photos of Teens “Sexting” Reflect Inexperience


via Chicago Sun

It’s 10 p.m. Do you know who your teenager is texting? And, more importantly, do you know what your child is texting?

A recent survey hosted by Teenage Research Unlimited found that 20 percent of teenagers have sent or posted nude or seminude pictures or videos of themselves.

The possible repercussions of these scandalous photos are tremendous. The original poster or sender loses control of the content once he sends or posts it on the Internet. Not only is this photo or video likely to be passed around the school, it is also likely to be passed around the Web — possibly for many years to come. From college admission boards to future employers, everyone can have potential access to these ill-advised photo sessions. Continue reading