Many adults and most teens today are comfortable with documenting their lives online. Posting photos, updating their status messages, sharing rapid-fire texts and being a click away from friends are the new norm for teen socializing. But this “always on” culture also creates an environment where teens can make impulsive decisions that can come back to haunt them. When people take and send sexually revealing picture of themselves or send sexually explicit messages via text message, it’s called “sexting.”
Most parents would respond, “No, not my kid,” if asked whether their teenager participates actively in “sexting,” yet a 2010 study conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project confirms sexting is a teen reality today. Crouse Hospital and Real Life. Real Talk.. are partnering to offer parents and educators the opportunity to learn more about teen culture and technology, the realities and legal implications of sexting and how to talk to their children about this kind of online activity.
On Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Crouse will host, “Sexting: Not My Kid,” an educational seminar free and open to the public. The event will be held in the Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Ave. Free parking is available in the Marley Education Center and Crouse Hospital parking garages. For more information, or to pre-register, call 315/472-2464. The event is for adults only; no childcare will be available.
The program will be hosted by Crouse Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer Ron Stahl, MD; Crystal Collette, LMSW, Real Life. Real Talk. manager at Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region and Adjunct Professor of Sociology, specializing in gender studies and family violence, at Le Moyne College; and Detective Jennifer Hardwich from the Syracuse Police Department.
Real Life. Real Talk. is a national program developed to help parents open a dialogue about healthy sexuality. Crouse is the first hospital to support this program and is one of the original Central New York community partners to participate in the program. Real Life. Real Talk. began in the Syracuse area in 2008 and hopes to positively change the social climate in communities by creating more open, honest and balanced talk about sexuality and health.