Think Before You Click: Albemarle Officials Warn Against Sexting
Albemarle County police are taking a stand against sexting. Monday night, police and school administrators spoke with parents and teachers about the serious consequences that sending nude or partially nude photos can have.
Police say they want to get in front of the issue before it becomes a crisis. They encourage students to think before they click.
“The consequences of actions surrounding the issues of sexting can last years and years and follow that child forever,” said Colonel Steve Sellers.
Police are teaming up with the school division to tell parents and students the disastrous long-term effects sexting can have.
“I think a lot of teenage kids can only in some cases see the consequences of their actions beyond a day or two,” Sellers said.
A panel made up of representatives from the school division, law enforcement, and the commonwealth's attorney's office gave their perspective on the issue and even took questions from parents, hoping to educate the community.
“It is a very serious issue and I'm not sure that our students have understood all of the repercussions that some of their decisions are making,” said June Jenkins, a member of Safe Schools/Healthy Students.
According to Albemarle County police, there have been eight sexting cases in the last seven weeks involving minors - some as young as middle school. While the numbers aren't high, police say they want to tackle the problem before it gets out of control.
“If we get in front of it from a proactive and a preventive stance then we don't have to bring people through the court systems," Sellers said, "and that's the goal."