Dr. Amanda Turlington was host Kim Love's guest on Wednesday's Public Pulse program. The purpose of her discussion was to make parents in particular, and the community in general, aware of sexting – what it is, how present it is in Sheridan County, and preventative steps parents can take with their children.
Dr. Turlington is with Northern Wyoming Mental Health. Sexting is defined as the “act of sending sexually explicit messages, photos and videos electronically, primarily between cell phones and other electronic media.
Typically parents may become aware of their child participating in the practice when the child is in junior high or high school, but Dr. Turlington startled Kim with the following statement.
Dr. Turlington says that so far in Sheridan County, this practice has not become widespread ... yet. Research shows that the young age range is about 4%. She says parental education is key.
Not only can the practice of sexting be dangerous, with images becoming available to sexual predators, but it can affect a young person's future college and employment aspirations as well.
To learn more, call Dr. Amanda Turlington: (307) 674-4405
To hear Dr. Turlington's Public Pulse interview in its entirety, it is archived under the Public Pulse link on our website as well, on the second part of the May 25th program.