SEXTING makes me feel OLD.
I’m 32, but the thought of sending a naked or partially naked picture via text just sounds like trouble – which HELLO has shown time and time again to be.
That being said, from what you hear… it seems “all the kids are doing it.” So what’s there to do – where scenarios arise which lessons can be taught – you teach!
Finding Opportunity to Talk & Teach
We had a somewhat innocent incident happen that turned into a teaching opportunity. One of my kids was shaking their booties on their iPod Touch and mailing it to the other. The butt was clothed, no nudity – but still REALLY!?! We sat both kids down and asked what they would think if we mailed that to all of their friends and family. Both were very “NO MOMMY, DON’T DO IT.” Well there you go, don’t shake your booty on camera, or that photo WILL get out.
After being grounded for a week, we’re hoping the lesson sunk in. It’s better to find these opportunities now – rather than in 5 years when it’s too late and a picture that was taken innocently is spread.
How do you talk to your kids about situations like sexting? And what age did you start talking to them about digital safety?