I was interviewed last week by The Chicago Tribune about a sexting scandal at two middle schools, in which two dozen kids were caught sending nude pictures to each other. The district superintendent responded to the scandal with this statement, “”Moving forward we will redouble our efforts to communicate with the kids and have ongoing conversations between the staff and students about responsible use of technology.”
It’s not about the technology. Adults are just focusing on technology because they’re too afraid to talk about the real issues: sexuality and self-respect.
As I said to the Tribune, “The technology lesson is pretty simple: Press the button and it sends. Don’t press the button and it doesn’t send.”
“Kids do weigh the danger involved in a case like this, but they perceive it as having some value to them that outweighs the risk. It offers some kind of social reward that makes it worth putting themselves in danger.”
Read the full article on the Chicago Tribune site.