This workshop addresses the collision of sexting, sexual bullying, social media and the resulting consequences. Digital speech affords our youth the ability to send images via texting and a wide variety of apps popular among them. Exactly how involved are youth in sexting? How prevalent is sexual bullying among adolescents and pre-teens? This workshop will answer those questions and also examine the potential mental health issues for involvement in sexting and sexual bullying, and the legal consequences and federal & state laws impacting sexting and sexual bullying. Participants will review the current research and trends focusing on youth’s involvement with technology, sexting and sexual bullying. Recommended protocols for investigation and interventions will be reviewed, as well as how to effectively educate youth about sexting and sexual bullying.
i. Define sexting and sexual bullying and how those behaviors are defined legally.
ii. Describe the current social media trends involving sexting and sexual bullying.
iii. Explain the short and long-term impact on mental health from involvement with sexting and sexual bullying.
iv. List the strategies, resources, and prevention programs for addressing sexting and sexual bullying.
Behavioral health provider staff, educators, and school staff
Participants Must Attend Entire Session & Submit a Completed Course Evaluation to Receive Continuing Education Credits. Participants are also encouraged to respond to curriculum follow-up surveys.