I appreciate the sentiment, but I question the value of a school district’s new ban on ‘sexting.’ According to an AFP article, in Houston, some principals decided their district should ban sexual text messaging at school:
“Some principals raised the issue, so we included a provision saying sending, receiving, possessing sexually suggestive messages is forbidden,” saidassistant general counsel at the Houston Independent School district.
“They were reporting that it was an issue and may be becoming more of a problem,” he told AFP.
According to the AFP article, the issue of teens sexting is definitely relevant:
A recent study by the Unplanned Pregnancy found 22 percent of US teenage girls and 18 percent of teenage boys have sent messages or posted images or video online showing them nude or semi-nude.to Prevent Teen and
Which means, when I go to the mall and see a gaggle of teenage girls, at least one of them has sent some lucky — and ideally also underage — fellow a nudie pic of herself.
I find that troubling. So, reading about the new Houston ban, I do appreciate the efforts here. But I don’t think a “ban” on something that is presumably kept as far away from high school administrators as possible is going to have much impact. Maybe the district thought that creating the ban would raise the issue to parents, who are blissfully ignorant of this phenomenon. Maybe it’s more of a message to the students of “Hey, we’re onto you, and this just isn’t right to be doing in school.”
In any case I hope if teens are texting each other naked pictures frequently, their parents are at least giving them some basic guidance like “it’s best not to include your face.”