"Nowadays, teenagers are spending more time on social media and texting friends than having face-to-face conversations. The use of short-hand text and emojis have become their preferred style of communication, " reports Val Senegal. 

"Nowadays, teenagers are spending more time on social media and texting friends than having face-to-face conversations. The use of short-hand text and emojis have become their preferred style of communication, " reports Val Senegal. 

#NowMattersL8R 

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.

  1. Know your child's passwords to their email, social media accounts & cellphones.
  2. Monitor their activity.
  3. Screen their friends and followers.
  4. Have conversations about the consequences of using cell phones inappropriately and having sexual conduct online.
  5. 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.

1 in 25 youths received an online sexual solicitation in which the solicitor tried to make offline contact.

Predators seek youth vulnerable to seduction, including those with histories of sexual or physical abuse, those who post sexually provocative photos/videos online, and those who talk about sex with unknown people online.

The most common first encounter of a predator with an internet-initiated sex crimes victim took place in an online chat room or social media messenger- 76%.

15% of cell-owning teens (12–17) say they have received sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude images of someone they know via text.

72% of teenagers and young adults believe that digital abuse is something that should be addressed by society.


Stand up; speak up! Join the Social Media Movement to end sexual abuse online

hashtag #NowMatterL8R ...  

... because WHAT WE DO NOW, MATTERS LATER.

  • #NowMattersL8R is designed to address child sexual abuse online in Acadiana. The hashtag adds to existing social media conversations to raise awareness, educate parents & teens, decrease the number of sexual abuse cases in our area and effect social changes in our community. Teenagers need to know the actions of cyber-bullying and pornographic behaviors are not supported nor promoted by our community regardless of what they think society tells them.                  
  • 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: 

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

 

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Sexting has serious consequences. When boys sext girls, 77% have said that they send nude photos to girls in order to get them in the mood for sex. When girls sext boys, 40% said they did it as a joke, 34% said they did it to feel sexy, and 12% said they felt pressured to do it.

Sexting has serious consequences. When boys sext girls, 77% have said that they send nude photos to girls in order to get them in the mood for sex. When girls sext boys, 40% said they did it as a joke, 34% said they did it to feel sexy, and 12% said they felt pressured to do it.

KATC: Hearts of Hope addresses sexting with the new hashtag campaign 

KATC: Hearts of Hope addresses sexting with the new hashtag campaign