SST century that Is becoming a national epidemic among teenagers is setting, or the taking of nude or graphic images and testing it to friends or romantic partners. While many may send a picture thinking only he/she will be the only Individual to see the Image, the online world has several media outlets that allow free uploads that could end up with embarrassing outcomes. In the digital world nothing is gone forever, leaving someone abashed and possibly ending in Illegal charges for one or both parties Involved.
In order to understand this trend and how we can prevent it, we must understand our youth’s surroundings and behaviors, understand the negative consequences to setting and then we can understand how to prevent this epidemic with teens. Evidence In recent studies has shown who and what are the major contributors and what is the most effective form of prevention. Many parents are understanding of privacy and their children’s need to talk or text friends on a dally routine but fall to realize what may be really happening on the computer or cell phone.
As stated in a recent research study, “Building a Prevention Framework to Address Teen Setting Behaviors,” little is known about how the attitudes and beliefs of parents, educators, and other concerned adults are related to setting issues, and how those attitudes and beliefs align with those of teens (Harris, Davison, Literature, Paternity, and Mummify, 2013). Comparing the beliefs of teens and those who surround them, may open lines of communication and talk about preventions of such issues.
Educators play significant roles in shaping the minds of our youth and can aid in the prevention this epidemic from growing. By lying the foundation to open communication and a forum based group talk, our youth can have a basic understanding and the long-term consequences of sending graphic or nude photos. The teenage community Is active online and posting personal lives on social websites. When our children are posting revealing pictures to Faceable or Mainstream or even sending a simple SMS text message with a graphic image, little do these Individuals know what the possible negative outcome can be?
Teens are obsessed with looking like an “adult” or “mature women” while still in school, either for attention or for self-gratification. When posting self-images teens do not think about possible Inappropriate comments or the backlash that might happen at school or with your friends. You can have an image meant for one person to see, but what prevents the redistribution of such media? If an image contains naked or nude teens under the age of 18, that Is considered a felony and could ruin the lives of those who distribute or view such pictures.
Such images can lead to teen bullying, embarrassment, and greater consequences that can follow a person for the rest of their lives. In October of 2013 a research study was conducted by Andrew Harris, PhD, and Judith Davidson, PhD, that had concluded that early education and an open forum or conversation would prevent teenagers from navigating digital courtship (Gavin, 2014). Schools largely play one of the biggest roles to growing trends and issues as children learn and emulate what others may do. Some may hear about setting from friends or o act in such ordeals without understanding the negative outcomes.
Dry. Harris and Dry. Davidson want to put together a foundation for youths behaviors and motivations that could steer teens away from setting. Parents and educators alike need to team or partner together to open lines of communications about setting and lead to the prevention of future trends. Setting continues to be a relevant topic and will be for years’ ahead, but to start a form of guidance and prevention can drastically reduce trends over the recent years. In final conclusion, hitting a “send” or “share” button on your device can ruin a ten’s life in less than two seconds.
Teens are still young and are impressionable, they need to be guided on the path to success and need molding as our future generation. A self-image is an impulse reaction, but to talk about these issues openly can help teens to stop and think before taking that picture. Teens and technology have transformed the ways of life and how we interact with others. It is every parent’s and educator’s responsibility to ensure the integrity of the youth and keeping manage minds on the focus of being youths and not adults.