A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words When Protecting Your Child from Sexting

The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health released by the University of Michigan today illustrates the growing concern that parents have with the issue of "sexting," a phenomenon of youth sending sexually explicit texts and images via cell phone.
But new information suggests that along with monitoring your child’s phone usage, a parent could also control sexting by blocking the ability to send photos via phone.

While many parents have placed limits related to time spent using cellphones, far fewer parents have instituted a mechanism for blocking images," says Davis, who is also associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the U-M Medical School and associate professor of public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Parents may not be aware of the various options for blocking inappropriate content or the potential risks of sexting.


The full report can be found here.  The U of M also suggests paying a small fee to the cell company to disable the phone’s ability to send images.

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  • robin-marty

    that the idea that you have to pay a phone company to remove a premium service from your phone that you have to pay extra to use anyway is utterly ridiculous to me. Thank you.

  • deb-r

    Parents can buy phones that can be programed with just a couple numbers such as a parents and emergencies–that cannot be used for any other reason. That is the only kind of phone any child should ever have. That would solve countless problems.

  • kikin68

    I agree with Robin. Why pay for a premium service that you are already paying for? And may I add that if teens are not able to send images via cell phones, they will find a way to do it with friends or the Internet. The problem is not the technology or taking away the technology. Is communicating with children and teens about respect for self and others, about positive sexuality and protective factors (not punitive ones).