November, 22 2013
“Sexting” has become a growing problem in high schools and can lead to jail time.
Albemarle County Schools sent out a letter warning students and parents of the dangers of "sexting" even citing that the Albemarle County Police Department (ACPD) have investigated seven of these cases in a six week period.
Recently ACPD have searched the phones of several students at Monticello High School, some as young as 14, finding nude photos of 16 year old girls.
ACPD did not want to comment about these issues, so we talked to parents.
“I think the thing you need to impress upon students is that once it's out there, it's out there and girls in particular really need to be careful about that because it can impact your whole life,” says Suzanne Hurd, concerned parent.
One father of three says he keeps his children on a tight leash and monitors what they do.
“I look at your emails, I look at your texts, I listen to your phone calls and if you do things that I feel are inappropriate I stop them,” says James Miskovsky, parent of an Albemarle County High School student. “If you are texting and I think it's inappropriate you lose your phone.”
One parent says he wants his son to be focused on education and that communication is key.
“I try to lead by example,” says Isidore Thomas, father of a Monticello High School student. “He was around when I was studying and going to school, getting an education. So we communicate well and we talk a lot.”
According to Virginia law juveniles who are in possession of child pornography can be tried as adults and put on the sex offenders list. That means they will have to wear a gps tracker, give up their computer and be monitored by police for life.
Albemarle County Schools are holding a forum about sexting dangers on December 2nd at Monticello High School. They want parents to remind kids that once an image is sent, it can never be retrieved.