LCSO Tip of the Week – What Every Parent Should Know About Sexting

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LCSO Tip of the Week Jan. 25 Sexting

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OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

Sheriff Dennis L. Dotson

225 W. Olive Street

Newport, Oregon 97365

Tel (541) 265-4277

Fax  (541) 265-4926

TIP OF THE WEEK

Date: January 25, 2016

WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SEXTING

This tip has been shared the last several years and generated responses expressing appreciation for publicizing this issue.  It is information worth repeating.  As your youngsters grow into their teens (and sometimes before), another danger is present thanks to social media and smartphones.  It’s called sexting and this troubling trend involves sending sexually explicit messages and/or photos of nude or semi-nude teens electronically.  This can be accomplished via cell phones or over the Internet.  Photos are often taken by the person appearing in the photo and are intended to be seen by a specific person.  But with today’s technology, they often reach far beyond those meant to share them.

The trouble with sexting:

  • Because photos can be distributed widely, sexting can ruin reputations and limit one’s ability to get into college, join the military or get a desired job.
  • Sexting can result in anxiety and depression.
  • It is a crime.  Federal law prohibits possessing, distributing or taking sexually explicit images of anyone under the age of 18.   State laws may vary, but sexting may lead to jail time and to teens being labeled as sex offenders.
  • Information sent via cell phone will be available for as long as 30 to 50 years.

What can parents and guardians do about sexting?

  • Talk to your children about the dangers of sexting.
  • Set rules and consequences for breaking them.
  • Be aware of what your children are posting publicly.
  • Know who they’re communicating with.
  • Learn how to use their cell phones.
  • Be aware of sexting shortcuts and acronyms (see attached list)

What to tell your children about sexting:

  • Anything you send or post WILL NOT GO AWAY.
  • Nothing you send or post will remain private.  You may intend it to go to one person, but it could be forwarded to others without your knowledge.
  • You risk jail time as well as being labeled a sex offender.
  • You don’t have to give in to pressure from others to do something that makes you UNCOMFORTABLE.
  • Friends who care about you won’t want you to get into trouble by sexting.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

SOME OF TODAYS POPULAR SEXTING SHORTCUTS OR ACRONYMS

P911- Parent Alert     PAL- Parents are listening     PAW- Parents are watching

PIR- Parent in room     KPC- Keeping parents clueless     99- Parent no longer watching

CD9– Code 9 (Parents are around)     8- Oral Sex     143- I love you

182- I hate you     ADR- Address     ASL- Age, Sex, Location

GNOC- Get naked on cam     KFY/K4Y- Kiss for you     LMIRL- Lets meet in real life

MOOS- Member(s) of the opposite sex     MorF- Male or Female     MOSS- Mom over shoulder

NALOPKT- Not a lot of people know that     NIFOC- Nude in front of comp.     NMU- Not much, U?

RUH- Are you horny     TDTM- Talk to dirty to me     WYCM- Will you call me?