SEXTING SHOULD MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD

An iPhone 11 in White (from here)

While you think your girls are being protected from COVID-19 by staying home, the editors at Conde Nast, publishers of Teen Vogue, are encouraging them to send or post nude or explicit photos of themselves to others via their smart phones, computers or social media.

According to Enough is Enough, (EIE) the organization that fights porn accessible to kids on the internet and other media, Teen Vogue magazine is after your daughters while they’re quarantined (Newsletter, May 5, 2020, 8:41 AM, dhughes@enough.org: “NEW petition to shut down TeenVogue.com for encourging youth to sext during COVID-19”)!

Teen Vogue boasts 11.6M digital users and 13.4 social media followers. You won’t see a magazine in her hand to know if your daughter is looking at it. You’ll have to ask her.

How’s this for a quote from Nona Willis Aronowitz’ article, ‘Dating and the Coronavirus:’

“There are all kinds of creative, fun ways to sext, if you’re at that level.” Oh, really? Will Aronowitz pay the penalties if your daughter follows her directions and get caught?

While you are teleworking, where are your kids and what are they doing? If they’re holed up in a bedroom, be sure they aren’t taking selfies in the raw and sending them to boys from school or posting them on social media for the world to see.

Such open display and trafficking of photos can be liable under both state and federal child pornography laws. Guess who would be held liable? Not Teen Vogue!

Flaunting nudity on the internet is like peeing in the swimming pool: you can never take it back!

Those photos will survive on a server somewhere, somehow, and be retrievable before a college-entrance interview or a run for political office a few years down the road. How embarrassing will that be for both you and your daughter? or son?

Here’s what can you do as a parent or grandparent to protect your kids from being exploited. Consider these steps:

  1. Have a frank discussion with your child about Teen Vogue magazine and its violation of decency. Let your daughter know why it isn’t OK for her to follow it. Set limits and make your expectations of her clear and fair. Kids really do appreciate fences!
  2. Talk about sexting. The legal violations. The moral issues of chastity and modesty. The implications for her future down the road. Find out why it appeals to her or her friends if they’re engaged in sexting already.
  3. If you must, set limits on where your kids may spend time alone, with or without their phone.
  4. Keep you kids occupied with meaningful activity. The adage, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop,” is no joke. Having significant things to do or learn engages your kids’ interest and prevents boredom from setting in.
  5. Sign the petition on the Citizen Go website to shut down Teen Vogue at:   SHUT DOWN TEENVOGUE.COM: “A Parent’s Worst Nightmare”.

— Posted by Tom Salmon for Doris, a fellow member of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance

Note:  See also: Teen Vogue has become a parent’s worst nightmare and must be shut down (washingtontimes.com) by Donna Rice Hughes EIE’s president and CEO.

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