May 2018 Webinar

May 2018

Teen Sexting, Cyberbullying and Adolescent Relationships

Dr. Temple will discuss sexting (a combination of the words sex and texting), the practice of electronically sending sexually explicit images or messages from one person to another. Sexting has received an abundance of attention in the popular press. Much of this attention has been limited to (1) legal cases in which teens who create, send, receive, store, and/or disseminate nude pictures of themselves or another teen face criminal charges including child pornography, and (2) cases in which teens are harassed and bullied as a result of the nude picture being distributed beyond the intended audience.

Although media reports often cite various examples of sexting leading to bullying, cyberbullying, and even suicide, we understand very little about the public health importance of sexting. Using data from his ongoing longitudinal study of adolescent health, as well as a recent meta-analysis, Dr. Temple will examine the prevalence of sexting behaviors as well as their relation to dating, sex, risky sex, and psychosocial health.

Participant objectives:

  • Identify the prevalence, course and consequences of teen dating violence
  • Describe the positives and negatives of a connected adolescent
  • Recognize the importance of screening and timely management of coerced and nonconsensual texting

Presenter: Dr. Jeffrey Temple, Licensed Psychologist and Director of Behavioral Health and Research, OB/GYN, University of Texas Medical Branch

Who should attend: PREP Grantees, Extension Agents, Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood programs, Family and Consumer Sciences teachers, Out-of-School Time Instructors, anyone who is concerned about social media and teens and wants to make a difference.

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Temple 2015 Primer on Sexting Size: 276.1 KB Downloads: 138

Final May 2018 webinar (pdf) Size: 20.2 MB Downloads: 139