Los Angeles USD to educate students about dangers of ‘sexting’
In response to increasing danger of sexting, the Los Angeles Unified School District has decided to educate students about the dangers of sharing sexually explicit photos via texting or the Internet.
School district officials confirmed that a broad plan will be rolled out to educate students about the dangers of sexting. Schools Los Angeles USD will receive videos, lesson plans and handouts for their students.
The broad plan aims discourage students form sexting by to teaching them about violations of obscenity and child pornography laws as well as about personal consequences that could result from sharing sexually explicit photos via texting.
The school district's plan surfaced after arrests of 15 boys at Venice High School in March on suspicion of sexually assaulting two school girls. The arrests followed the circulation of the two victims' photo sexually explicit photos.
Viviana Martin Del Campo, a 16-year-old student of the school, said she was shocked but not at the circulation of the girls' explicit photos but about the arrests. She said sexting has become so common in the school that no one would express surprise or shock at it.
Speaking about the sexting-related arrests, Campo said, "I didn't take it as much because it kind of happens often. Students shouldn't be criminalized for it."
Experts say sexting is thriving due to students' increasing access to smartphones and Internet. According to a study by Pew Research Center, 92 per cent of teens went online daily in 2014, and 28 per cent of them shared their naked pictures of via social media and 60 per cent had been asked for one.
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