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1   Link   Pornography Harms
This site provides access to credible, peer-reviewed research documenting the dangers of porn. The site will be of great help to researchers at all academic levels and the press and concerned public. "Since the advent of the Internet, pornography has flooded homes, businesses, public libraries and schools. The results have been devastating to the social and family fabric of America," In the latest trend called, "sexting," children are producing and distributing cell phone child pornography. Addiction to pornography is now common among men, women and even many
children, bringing life-long consequences. Pornography use is a significant factor in divorce; a contributing cause of the spread of prostitution and the sexual trafficking of adults and children. "Pornography is a neglected pandemic and it will remain so until knowledge of its destructive
forces is widely understood and disseminated. The 'Pornography Harms' Web site is dedicated to this task of education,"
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2   Link   Cyberbullying kills
Online Harrassment can turn deadly:
Phoebe Prince was a pretty, intelligent, 15-year-old high school student who had just
accepted a date to a high school dance. An immigrant from Ireland, Prince had been in the United States for just a few months when she took her own life in January 2010.
Later, officials discovered from her classmates that Phoebe had been subjected to
a withering barrage of harassing text messages and Facebook posts. In 2006,13-year-old Megan Meier committed suicide after the mother of a former friend created a fake Facebook profile specifically to harass the girl. Earlier this year, another child from Massachusetts—an 11-year-old boy—killed himself after bullies called him gay. " Bullies used to need to be physically near a victim to harass him. Thanks to the Internet, that's no longer the case: Bullying is pervasive online, filtering into texts, e-mail and social networking. Because networks such as Facebook and MySpace form such an important part of many youths' social lives, victims sometimes feel more embarrassed, exposed and impotent to do anything about it.
More than 30 percent of children report they've either been bullied or are bullies
themselves. You don't need to be big to be a bully on the Internet, and girls are as likely to engage in it as boys, experts say—perhaps more. Click on this site to learn more.
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3   Link   Sexting and consequences
While it may be shocking, the practice of "sexting" - sending nude pictures via text message - is not unusual, especially
for high schoolers around the country. Recently, three teenage girls who allegedly sent nude or semi-nude cell phone pictures of themselves, and three male classmates in a western Pennsylvania high school who received them, are charged with child pornography. In October a Texas eighth-grader spent the night in a juvenile detention center after his football coach found a nude picture on his cell phone that
a fellow student sent him. Roughly 20 percent of teens admit to participating in "sexting," according to a nationwide survey (pdf) by the National Campaign to Support Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
"This is a serious felony. They could be facing many years in prison," CBS
News legal analyst Lisa Bloom said of the six teens in Pennsylvania.
Click on this site to become more aware of sexting and the consequences.
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4   Link   Dusting on the rise
Have you heard of dusting? It is just one of the many inhalants on the rise....with potential to cause permanant damage or death. Helps to be aware of what to look for and try to keep the lines of communication open....check out the link.
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5   Link   WINGS - Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
WINGS for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse provides therapist-facilitated peer support groups in which survivors are beieved, accepted and no longer alone. For more information call 303-238-8660 or go to www.wingsfound.org
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