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The tagline for this blog reads, “Encouraging, educating and empowering women to step into the calling God has on their lives.”  My friends, today is Education day.

 Our topic may not necessarily have a direct link to the calling God has on your life.  However, if you are called Mom or Grandma, the children in your life need you to read this information.

 A year ago, I would have never dreamed God would call me out of my comfort zone to educate women about “sexting.”  Of course, a year ago I had never heard the term sexting.  So, let’s start there.

 According to the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell phone communication,  “Sexting” is defined as  “The act of poor judgment when using digital technology (i.e. Cell phone) by sending an image, video or text message of an explicit or risqué’ nature to another individual.”

As I began researching “sexting,” the statistics alarmed me.  According to a 2008 study done by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and cosmogirl.com –  20% of our teens are “sexting.”  Breaking it out even farther, 1 in 5 girls have been asked to send nude or suggestive photos of themselves on line; 8 percent of teens have sent nude pictures of themselves via text or email and 1 in 5 teens has received a nude or suggestive picture via text or email.  (According to the Chicago Magazine.)

To some of you, this might seem like an innocent teenage prank.  I assure you it isn’t. Unfortunately this is a growing trend among our teens, even those teens being raised in morally sound homes.  Ladies, “Sexting” is a criminal offense and punishable by law.

In a situation which ended up involving two of our daughters. There was a male individual who had “sexted” 18 different girl’s very explicit sexual messages and photos.  Those 18 girls represented 4 different communities.  Once I heard about these situations, I asked husband who professionally works with teens,”how could this have happened?”  “Why weren’t parents told and then involved; including us?”  His belief is our teens have become so immune to “sex” talk, issues, or pictures, it is no big deal. He went ahead and stated this generation of teens turn on their computers, TV’s, watch movies and listen to music which can be very sexual. So, to receive a text message with sexual innuendos or pictures is nothing out of the ordinary for them. 

Richard Guerry founder of Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2) states, ““What we must do is wake up and realize that we are all now part of a rapidly evolving 21st century digital generation, and we are each responsible for our own actions when using digital technologies.  Think about it, practically everyone on our planet has grown up learning what we call responsibility 1.0 or offline responsibility, and even with all of the information available to us about sexting and other digital issues, many of us still do not understand the scope of repercussions when we invoke poor digital judgment.  This is because we have not been proactively taught digital responsibility or what we call, Responsibility 2.1C.”

 Click here to find out more about IROC2.

 As you can tell,  not only has God taken me out of my comfort zone, but has developed a passion within me for educating young woman, moms and grandmas about this scary trend.  In order to learn more about this and the consequences,  tune in tomorrow and we will learn about the laws pertaining to sexting…….

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