Almost everyone today has a cellphone & social media account- Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. Sending, posting and sharing nude pictures & sexually explicit videos have become a problematic issue for schools and parents. These acts contribute to violations of Louisiana's sexting, cyberbullying and/or other sexual abuse laws. However, in an over-sexualized society, many people have become desensitized to the issue of online sexual abuse. Becoming numb to crimes of abuse contributes to the acceptance of sexual violence as well as the increase of online criminal activity. People, especially teenagers, often don't realize until it's too late that their negative actions today can have very serious consequences later. To decrease sexual abuse online, parents should:
- Click HERE to download the Hearts of Hope #NowMattersL8R brochure
- Educate your teen on Louisiana's sexual assault laws regarding sexting, child pornography, computer-aided solicitation of a minor & cyberbullying.
- Click HERE for the Louisiana laws for youth
- Learn about Title IX for schools & universities
- Visit Cyber Tipline. This website is a means for reporting crimes against children including: child pornography, child prostitution, child molestation, and child sexual exploitation.
- Click HERE to learn about internet safety.
- Click HERE for The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet