Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Polito, Roy tout a team effort to provide better legal alternatives for teen sexting

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Dozens of students appeared Monday night at Franklin High School for Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito’s discussion about “sexting.” 
Sexting is becoming more prevalent and more damaging to underaged people, Polito emphasized. 
But legislation filed by state Rep. Jeff Roy, D-Franklin, and Polito would help protect children from the harmful effects of the transmission of explicit images by modernizing the laws to reflect the realities of cyber-bullying. 
Franklin police officer Paul Guarino has been working to mitigate the practice. He said during the discussion that about 80 percent of students have either sent or received nude photos of another student, many of whom are underage."
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According to my notes of the event on Monday, the social media campaign mentioned by the MDN reporter and attributed to Lt Governor Polito is called "Respectfully". The campaign will use Instagram and SnapChat to deliver 20-30 second video messages to target 7-8th graders and 9-10th graders. The message will present a potentially abusive situation and provide an alternative for a more respectful treatment of the individual to promote healthy relationships. 

The campaign is NOT directly connected to the proposed sexting legislation working its way through the process. When the campaign is released, we'll share examples of it.

3 months ago Lt Gov Polito also mentioned the upcoming campaign separately from the re-filing of the sexting legislation.

Rep Jeff Roy, Lt Gov Karyn Polito at FHS on Monday to address teen sexting
Rep Jeff Roy, Lt Gov Karyn Polito at FHS on Monday to address teen sexting

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