Children , sexting : vault , ghost apps, Counseling Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler Arizona

A sexting ring of over 100 children have been suspended for sending nude photos to other students. This has become extremely common and children with smart phones are able to do so in seconds. Parents have a big challenge in that if they do not have strict controls on the phones children and teens can be taking nude selfies and distributing them to peers etc.

There are many applications  not just snapchat that hide the application and are really a disguise to hide explicit photos on the phone. Over fifty percent of eight year olds have been exposed to graphic pornography on the computer or on their cell phones.

It is a felony to distribute or hold explicit photos of minors in many states in the USA. Convictions can carry a requirement to register as a sex offender. Experts in mental health state approximately 30 percent of children are sexting in a recent survey.

Children and teens are sending nude photos to peers or racy pictures to friends at school.

If the photo is that of a minor ( under 18 years old) it legally is considered child pornography. Charges filed can be for lewd and lascivious conduct and diseminating indecent materials to a minor.

Most states classify the above behavior as a felony and children and teens throughout the US in Arizona, California, Texas, etc have charged children and teens with felonys for passing up( emailing these photos)

Children and teens must be taught about the consequences of sexting since sexting is a behavior on the rise that is very common today. It is essential to teach children consequences for behaviors and we can implement consistent consequences to help eliminate unhealthy behaviors.

Parents must have strategies and parental controls in place and be pro-active otherwise their will be a nuclear fallout at school or with the law.

Children using the Internet are are being exposed to pornography at a very high rate. Over 40 percent of children under 18 have viewed sexually explicit material.

Educating children on healthy sexuality is important teaching values, morals, and ethics is more important than ever

Setting limits on : email, smart phones,
Internet devices is very important . Be proactive and monitor electronic behaviors to keep children safe. works with parents as well as youth to create health and balance and success in the family and child/ teenagers lives. Lifeworksaz has worked with children and teens for over 15 years specializing in child and adolescent mental health and family mental health. Lifeworksaz has served clients in Phoenix metro: Scottsdale, Peoria, Glendale, Chandler, Mesa, Ahwatukee, Goodyear and more.

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