May 13th, 2009
04:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Congress to push for education on 'sexting'

 'Sexting' implies sharing a risqué photo or suggestive words via text message.
'Sexting' implies sharing a risqué photo or suggestive words via text message.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz have teamed up to introduce a bill that would educate young students about the consequences of "sexting."

At a press conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill, they introduced The Safety Internet Act, which would give money to internet safety non-profit organizations to work with schools in hopes of "integrating internet safety curricula" into classrooms.

The bill proposal comes after 18 year-old Jessica Logan of Cincinnati, OH committed suicide after she "sexted" a nude photo of herself to her boyfriend and it leaked to several fellow classmates and students at nearby schools. "Sexting" implies sharing a risqué photo or suggestive words via text message. As a result of the picture, Logan's mom said she was bullied, tormented, and left to deal with the problem on her own.

Cynthia Logan - who also attended the conference - said that although teachers called home to let her know her daughter was skipping class and failing out, the school did "nothing" to help Jessica or stop the dissemination of the photo.

Advocates for the bill claim that greater education about the web will teach children and teenagers about the "dangers of predators, cyber bullies and sexting" and will make them think twice about sending out risqué photos of themselves or others.

Also there to support the bill was Miss Utah 2008 Kayla Barclay, who said as a young girl she was once horrified when she accidentally typed in "hotmale" instead of the e-mail portal "Hotmail," and came across pictures of nude men.


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