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Sexting? GNLI Students Offers Wellness and Prevention Resources to Parents and Teens

Since September 2013, my team and I have been working on a project in the in the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute (GNLI).  It's designed to have county-wide impact, and we've decided to focus our attention on sexting and the potential mental scars it can leave on today's adolescence.  The mental scars may include low self esteem, depression, low emotional intelligence, behavioral difficulties leading to early sexual activity, and suicide. 

What is sexting?  It's the the sending of sexually explicit photos, images, text messages, or e-mails by using a cell phone or other mobile device.

This March, we will present our plan that's designed to be sustained well beyond the months we've spent working on it. 

The goals of our Adolescence Wellness and Sexting Prevention Program are to:

  • Promote adolescence health and wellness through sexting awareness and prevention for youths (ages 13 to 17) in Gwinnett County
  • Encourage teens to use good judgment in a world of social media and technology
  • Provide information to parents and vested stakeholders in the community about youth sexting in Gwinnett county
  • Provide information and resources to Gwinnett County middle and high school students regarding the problems and negative impact of sexting
  • Heighten awareness of the laws related to sexting

We agree that as more teens have smartphones and access to internet, sexting will likely increase.  Also, various surveys, studies, and reports indicate that teen sexting is a growing concern.  Therefore, we want to proactively combat sexting by compiling resources that will benefit ALL Gwinnetians (especially parents and teens).

We are still, however, seeking partnerships with vested stakeholders.  For more information, contact Emma Reynolds-Middleton at reymidd@yahoo.com.

Thank you

T Frayer January 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Thank you for your efforts towards this every growing problem. I agree with all of the goals of your prevention program. I think it's a must that you inform parents about the technology that is available now to monitor their child's cell phones. Sites like SmartShephard.com and TeenSafe.com along with others are making great progress in giving parent's the tools to monitor the way teens use their phone. I believe the parent must be proactive and check regularly. If you're going to give your teen a smart phone then be smart yourself and monitor how they are using it.

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