Lauren Miranda says what should have been an innocuous photo spun out of control — and would have a different outcome for a man in her position. She was teaching math during first period at Bellport middle school on Long Island, New York , when she received a text from a friend in another building. There was a nude photo going around, and kids were saying it was her. There it was: a picture of her topless on the screen.
A topless photo ruined this teacher's career. Now she's speaking out
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Cellphone-savvy students have created instructional and disciplinary challenges for educators for years. And the attitudes among principals, superintendents, and school boards have ranged from inattention to overreaction, education and child-safety experts say. As sexting has grabbed public attention, and teenagers and educators have gotten caught up in the legal and other consequences of the practice, school officials have been urged to respond with more precise rules around cellphone use. The group has offered webinars and tip sheets on the subject and is developing a toolkit for administrators. Domenech said.
I have been thinking a lot recently about formal policies related to sexting that all middle schools and high schools should have enacted by now. However, I am finding that many districts have not yet detailed in their discipline codes exactly what it is, how it will be investigated, who will be involved, and what will happen to those who participate. This is unfortunate because experience shows us that when formal policies and procedures have not kept pace with the rapid changes of technology and their use by kids and teens, school administrators struggle when attempting to correct wrongful behavior. We have to make sure that clear guidance and direction is available when a sexting case comes to the attention of school administrators. Moreover, in order to ensure compliance with response protocols and to avoid legal pitfalls, administrators have to be proactive.
Sexting is when minors take nude or partially-nude pictures or video images of themselves or others, with cell phones or webcams, and share them through text message, email, social media post, or similar method of internet distribution. Unfortunately, the media continues to explode with news reports of adolescents engaged in sexting scandals, and the legal issues that arise from those incidents are often serious and far reaching. Criminal prosecution of youths sending sexts, lawsuits instituted against schools and school officials due to their response to sexting, and even reports of children committing suicide after alleged sexting incidents spiraled out of control routinely generate nationwide media coverage. A study conducted by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy suggests that 20 percent of teens have posted or shared nude or semi-nude photos of themselves via text message or online.