Today’s teens and tweens are connected to one another, and to the world, via digital technology more than any previous generation.
How parents talk with their kids and teens will vary slightly by age depending on the topic being discussed.
These tips will help you start that journey with your family.
The Problem of “Sexting” “Sexting” refers to sending a text message with pictures of children or teens that are inappropriate, naked or engaged in sex acts.
According to a recent survey, about 20 percent of teen boys and girls have sent such messages.
The emotional pain it causes can be enormous for the child in the picture as well as the sender and receiver--often with legal implications.
Parents must begin the difficult conversation about sexting before there is a problem and introduce the issue as soon as a child is old enough to have a cell phone.For someone who’s only 18, Shauna Newell is remarkably composed as she describes being kidnapped, drugged, gang-raped and savagely beaten.It is only when she talks about seeing one of the men who sexually assaulted her — free and unafraid of being prosecuted — that she starts to break down. You have scarred me for the rest of my life and you're just sitting there going on with your life like nothing is wrong.” Human traffic As shocking as Newell’s story is, it is not unique, TODAY’s Natalie Morales said Thursday in a special report entitled “Sex Slaves in the Suburbs.” Advocates for girls and young women who are forced into prostitution by people who approach them in various ways, including on the Internet, claim that thousands of American youths are victims of human traffickers.“I went out to the beach a few weeks ago and I saw the dude who raped me, and he just looked at me,” Newell told NBC News, her voice choking. Like Newell, many are treated by law enforcement authorities as runaways, said Marc Klaas, who founded the advocacy group Klaas Kids after his own 12-year-old daughter was abducted, raped and killed.When they are forced into prostitution, the young people are the ones who are prosecuted, Klaas told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira Thursday in New York. “First of all, many of these kids are missing children.But what happens is when they’re trafficked, they’re turned into hookers; they’re turned into prostitutes.