'Sexting,' Cyberbullying and Other Digital Dangers

Thursday, December 10, 2009

This week Facebook announced the formation of a new Safety Advisory Board to monitor online crimes, such as cyber-bullying and stalking.  That announcement got us thinking about the people most likely to use those sites, and the most vulnerable to those crimes: teenagers. 

The issue becomes even more serious when you consider the statistics.  According to a new survey conducted by MTV and the Associated Press, almost half of sexually active young people report being involved in sexting, or sending nude photos of themselves or their sexual partners via cell phone.

 Amanda Lenhart, Senior Research Specialist at The Pew Research Center’s The Internet and American Life Project and Bryan Taylor, Unit Chief for Crimes Against Persons in the Canyon County Prosecutors Office, say that these digital-world problems are on the rise and educating kids about them is the only way to prepare them.


Amanda Lenhart and Bryan Taylor


Jen Poyant

Comments [1]


The Take Away should be that parents are the gate keepers of the Internet in their house. They must monitor their child's interent activity for numerous safety reasons.

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Dec. 11 2009 01:54 PM

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