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When Sexting Crosses the Line: Educator Responsibilities in the Support of Prosocial Adolescent Behavior and the Prevention of Violence

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Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA
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Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Buffalo, NY 14214, USA
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Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(9), 150; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9090150
Received: 2 July 2020 / Revised: 13 August 2020 / Accepted: 17 August 2020 / Published: 26 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Leaving a Violent Relationship)
This article presents findings from a systematic literature review that examined various forms of adolescent sexting, and as relevant to educator responsibilities in the support of prosocial behavior and teen dating violence (TDV) prevention within the United States. Proceeding in three parts, part one documents study methodology and offers an overview of adolescent sexting. This section also discusses tensions between sexting as adolescent empowerment and as a form of dating violence. This is followed by a deeper examination of how adolescent sexting is connected to other forms of sexual violence documented to disproportionately affect heterosexual females. Though laws on sexting are minimal, part three discusses U.S. federal and Supreme Court guidance having particular significance for this issue. This section also presents the case of New York State (NYS) to consider the connection between localized policies and schooling practices. Concerned with sexting as a form of consensual adolescent behavior, this article concludes with considerations for educational research, policy, and practice. This article contributes to established research literature weighing the prosocial aspects of sexting against those factors that contribute to and make it difficult to leave a violent relationship. Though empirical research was limited, it also highlights existent research on sexting as relevant to underserved and marginalized adolescent subgroups. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescent sexting; prosocial adolescent behavior; teen dating violence (TDV); educational policy; educational leadership; sex education curriculum adolescent sexting; prosocial adolescent behavior; teen dating violence (TDV); educational policy; educational leadership; sex education curriculum
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Lemke, M.; Rogers, K. When Sexting Crosses the Line: Educator Responsibilities in the Support of Prosocial Adolescent Behavior and the Prevention of Violence. Soc. Sci. 2020, 9, 150. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9090150

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Lemke M, Rogers K. When Sexting Crosses the Line: Educator Responsibilities in the Support of Prosocial Adolescent Behavior and the Prevention of Violence. Social Sciences. 2020; 9(9):150. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9090150

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Lemke, Melinda, and Katelyn Rogers. 2020. "When Sexting Crosses the Line: Educator Responsibilities in the Support of Prosocial Adolescent Behavior and the Prevention of Violence" Social Sciences 9, no. 9: 150. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9090150

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