Today, almost every teenager has a cellphone and social media account- Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Sending, posting and sharing nude pictures & sexually explicit videos are now a "common" practice among teenagers, which result in violations of Louisiana's sexting and cyberbullying laws. Everyday children are being sexually abused, harassed and cyber-bullied by the use of technology and some parents are completely unaware. These behaviors damage not only the victims' reputation but also the offenders' reputation. People don't realize until it's too late that their actions online today can have very negative effects later- being suspended or expelled from school, faced with criminal charges, denied a scholarship or acceptance into a university program, denied a job or promotion, etc.
- Know your child's passwords to their email, social media accounts & cellphones.
- Monitor their activity.
- Screen their friends and followers.
- Have conversations about the consequences of using cell phones inappropriately and having sexual conduct online.
- Educate them on Louisiana's laws for sexting, child pornography, computer-aided solicitation of a minor and cyberbullying; then explain how violating the law results in criminal charges and other serious consequences.
Stand up; speak up!
Let’s join the movement to end sexual abuse online & educate others by hashtagging #NowMatterL8R ...
... because WHAT WE DO NOW, MATTERS LATER.
- #NowMattersL8R is designed to address child sexual abuse online by creating social media conversations to raise awareness, educate parents and youth and decrease the number of sexual abuse cases.
- For copies of the #NowMattersL8R: What parents need to know to protect their child from social media sexual abuse brochure, please contact the Education Director:
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