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Straight Talk about Sexting and Messaging 2017


Distributed by Human Relations Media, 41 Kensico Drive, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549; 800-431-2050
Produced by Anson Schloat
Directed by Peter Cochran
DVD, Color, 19 min. with PDF guide included on the disc. (23 pages)

High School - General Adult
Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Criminal Justice

Date Entered: 08/15/2017

Reviewed by LaRoi Lawton, Library & Learning Resources Department, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

This is an instructive short documentary on the dangers sexting and messaging which is like having an intimate relationship without the physical contact. The idea of exchanging or recording sexual material is not a new concept. Historically, sexual material was distributed by means of drawings, photos and videos. With the advent of cell phones and smartphones, the arena has changed. The viewer will learn that sexting can lead to situations that can cause harm to the individual on many levels. That picture or act, once sent, is no longer ‘private.’ This film also shows that there can be legal ramifications as well that young people or anyone need to be aware of, especially if they are still attending school. Many schools today have enacted additional regulations because the evolving modern technology advances have made sexual exchanges much easier and more powerful than ever before. With the click of the ‘send button’ a picture or video can be distributed to many people in an instant resulting in a loss of control of the picture, image, video, and reputation. As this film illustrates, this has led to depression, harassment, and even suicide for many of the victims. Unfortunately, as Straight Talk about Sexting illustrates, some of the cons come with hefty consequences. It is extremely important that we educate our teens on the dangers associated with sexting and messaging.