Before You Text

Sexting & Bullying Prevention, Education & Intervention Course

Welcome to the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) Before You Text: Sexting & Bullying Prevention, Education & Intervention Course. This program may be used in part or its entirety as an educational tool. There is also an accompanying test to demonstrate successful completion of this program. A certificate of successful completion is available for printing, upon answering 80% or more of the test questions correctly. The Sexting Prevention Educational Program places special emphasis on preventing sexting by minors to address the legal, social, emotional, educational, and career impact.

Introduction

Concerns regarding sexting (defined as the act of sending sexually explicit messages, photographs, or videos – primarily between mobile phones) began to emerge in 2009 as the media started highlighting the possible long-term consequences. In 2011 the TXSSC created their first online education course on the topic of sexting. However, as technology has evolved, it has become apparent that bullying and harassment can be both a cause and effect of sexting. This online course has been updated to reflect the current culture, concerns, technology, laws, crimes, and stakeholders involved.

At the completion of this course you will understand the:

  • Stakeholders Involved
    • Predators, adults, kids
    • Human biases that make teens particularly vulnerable to victimization
    • The increases in teen suicide
  • Terminology and Concepts
    • Bullying / harassment
    • Sexting
    • Revenge porn / sextortion
    • How the above are often combined and build upon each other
    • Methods of dealing with the above as a victim and spectator
  • The permanence of digital communication, including images
    • Digital tattoo
    • Criminal record