"The use of social media and cellphones have become more and more prevalent among people of all ages, and with these conventions we see more online abuse," reports Val Senegal. 

"The use of social media and cellphones have become more and more prevalent among people of all ages, and with these conventions we see more online abuse," reports Val Senegal. 

#NowMattersL8R 

Today, almost every person has a cellphone and social media account- Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. Sending, posting and sharing nude pictures & sexually explicit videos have become an increasingly problematic issue for schools and law enforcements. These acts contribute to violations of Louisiana's sextingcyberbullying and/or other sexual abuse laws. However, in an over-sexualized society, many people have become desensitized to the issue of online sexual victimization. People don't realize until it's too late that their negative actions online today can have very serious consequences later. To decrease sexual abuse online, parents should:

  1. Know their child's passwords to their email, social media accounts & cellphones and monitor their activity.
  2. Use two-step or multi-factor authentication to prevent hackers from accessing accounts & children from logging into accounts when parents have restricted their access. 
  3. Screen their friends and followers by deleting/unfollowing the ones who post inappropriate content, blocking those you do not want your children interacting with online, and reporting any type of abuse that's done on social media. 
  4. Learn about Title IX for schools & universities.
  5. Educate teens on Louisiana's sexual assault lawssexting, child pornography, computer-aided solicitation of a minorcyberbullying, etc. Ignorance of the law is NEVER an excuse to escape criminal charges. Literature on sexting: Sexting and Louisiana’s Punishment for Children
  6. Visit Cyber Tipline
    This website is a means for reporting crimes against children including: child pornography, child prostitution, child molestation, and child sexual exploitation.
  7. Click HERE for the #NowMattersL8R brochure. Click HERE to learn more about internet safety for college students and teens.

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...WHAT WE DO NOW, MATTERS LATER.

 For more information, contact the Education Director: 

Val Senegal, MA val.senegal@theheartsofhope.org or Facebook

 

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