Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sexting: Not the Epidemic We Thought

It turns out that teens are not sexting as frequently as was previously thought. A new study conducted by a researcher at the Crimes Against Children Research Center (N.H) conducted interviews with 1,560 youth nationwide and found the following:
  • 2.5% of kids age 10-17 admit to creating or appearing in photos or videos where they are "nude or nearly nude. Many of the photos were of kids who were clothed or wearing bathing suits.
  • 1.8% created "nude or nearly nude" images of themselves; only six (0.4%) said they photographed someone else;
  • 1.3% said they appeared in or created images that showed naked body parts;
  • 7% said they received such images.
These findings are much less than those from a 2008 study when it was reported that 20% of teens (ages 13-19) shared "nude or nearly nude" pictures of themselves.

Parents are still encouraged to talk openly with they children about the dangers of sexting but are reminded to keep the conversation in perspective. The report reminds parents that "99% of kids are not" sexting at all. provides parents with a set of tips for talking with their teen about sexting. Additional suggestions for parents is available from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ten Ways Schools Are Using Social Media Effectively

Meris Stansbury, from eSchool News, has posted a great article on the top ten ways that schools are making use of social media to enhance student learning, communicate with their communities, and build the school's capacity for success.  In her study, eSchool News readers were asked, “Name one way you use social networking in your school/district. Or, if you can’t/don’t currently use social networking, how would you like to?” The results are both interesting and useful for practicing school leaders.

The top ten are:

  1. Professional Development
  2. Community Outreach
  3. Course Assignments,
  4. Parent Communication
  5. Distance Learning
  6. Assessments
  7. Cross-Cultural Communication and Language Learning
  8. Collaborative Learning
  9. Networking With Colleagues
  10. Integrating Real World Applications into Teaching
For a full description of all of these great ideas, and a lot of tips from practicing school leaders, be sure to check out the entire article at  It's a great way to spend some time during a personal learning break -- one of the hallmarks of effective leaders.