Risky behaviors program

A family-focused group addressing the issues of cyber safety, including sexting and bullying, along with emotional response.

Sexting occurs when cell phone users, often teens and "tweens", create and exchange provactive and nude, sexual images of themselves using their cell phone's built-in digital camera.

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves either a real or perceived power imbalance.

Emotional Response is the relationship between love and anger, and the behaviors and strategies that follow in order for personal needs to be met.

In a recent survey from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 1 out of 5 teens reported that they have electronically sent or posted online, nude or semi-nude photos or videos of themselves. With an estimated 90-95% of students carrying cell phones, this is a trend we cannot afford to ignore. When teens and "tweens" engage in this illicit activity, it can lead to serious repercussions.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics, nationwide, about 21% of students, ages 12-18, experience bullying. Feelings and corresponding actions can either lead to risky behaviors or become the reaction to them.

As a parent, it can be difficult to navigate the current digital landscape, enforce boundaries with your child, and remain aware of your their electronic communications. Parents can protect their children through educating themselves and holding their children accountable for certain behaviors.

The Risky Behaviors Program will allow discussion of the relationship among each of the above concerns as families are currently experiencing one or all of them, or may confront them in the future, while providing solutions.