New law adds sexting and more to health education curriculum

2 years 2 weeks 5 days ago Monday, August 31 2015 Aug 31, 2015 Monday, August 31, 2015 2:59:00 PM CDT August 31, 2015 in News
By: Amber Smith, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - A new law will add how to avoid online sexual predators and the dangers of sexting  to Missouri's health education curriculum.

18-year-old Columbia resident Kelsey Haney said it is important to teach teenagers about online predators in the classroom.

"A lot of times teens think it's just parents trying to scare them, but it's actually a real thing and it does happen," Haney said.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before adulthood. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that 56 percent of kids that were sexually solicited were asked to send a picture.

According to research by the Journal on Adolescent Health, 29 percent of internet sex crimes were initiated via social media. Also according to the Journal on Adolescent Health, in 82 percent of the online sex-crimes against minors, predators used information from the victim's social media to gain knowledge about the victim's likes and dilikes.

"Random people will add you on Facebook and they seem nice, but you don't really know who they are," Haney said.

According to a Pew Research survey, 4 percent of teens ages 12-17 said they sent sexually suggestive photos and 15 percent of teens ages 12-17 said they have received sexually suggestive photos. 

The survey also revealed that older teens are more likely to engage in sexting. 8 percent of 17-year-olds have sent sexually suggestive photos and 30 percent of 17-year-olds have received sexually suggestive photos.

"Just be conscious of what you're sending out and that should be, by now's day and ages, common knowledge," Columbia resident Collin Fischer said.

Columbia Public Schools Community Relations Director Michelle Baumstark said Columbia Public Schools were already teaching some of this in the current curriculum, but will adapt to the new laws once the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education tells the schools what needs to be implemented.

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – Local education and social services professionals talked to mid-Missouri legislators about a number of issues facing young people,... More >>
45 minutes ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 8:23:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA –The price of electricity won't be going up for now. The Columbia City Council struck down an electricity... More >>
50 minutes ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 8:18:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Bus riders will soon find themselves waiting a little bit longer for their ride. On Monday, the City... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:38:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A third person appointed by Gov. Eric Greitens to the state board of education won't serve... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:12:35 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - After a July grand opening, Welcome Home was able to move veterans into its new facility on Tuesday... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:18:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — A Missouri woman has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for leaving her 2-year-old son... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 5:35:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Attorney General Josh Hawley announced his office's investigation into Equifax Tuesday, along with attorneys general from 43... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 4:48:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - They are becoming a common sight, tattoos and piercings. According to medical professionals, more young adults and adolescents... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 3:49:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
FULTON - Tuesday, Callaway County Commissioners announced the change of ownership for the Fulton Medical Center to a rural hospital... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 3:45:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - The state trooper who had Brandon Ellingson in his custody when he drowned in 2014... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 3:21:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Rock Bridge Christian Church is now a sanctuary space. Sunday, the congregation voted in favor of the decision... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 3:18:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
HANNIBAL (AP) — Cave enthusiasts are gathering in northeastern Missouri this week for a national cave convention. The Herald-Whig... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 1:30:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
ROGERSVILLE (AP) — A Missouri mother whose baby died while sleeping in an adult bed is charged with child endangerment.... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 12:59:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - JCPS Superintendent Larry Linthacum hopes to use a "racially insensitive" photograph as a teachable moment for the... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 12:27:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — A company has agreed to pay $5 million to settle claims that its butter flavoring chemicals... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 12:16:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
POPLAR BLUFF (AP) — A southeast Missouri man is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 85-year-old bedridden... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:59:00 AM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has suspended a Missouri doctor's medical license for 90 days for failing to preserve a... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:44:00 AM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A suspect police said is connected Friday's night homicide in the 1800 block of Mckee Street has been... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:34:00 AM CDT September 19, 2017 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 79°
9pm 77°
10pm 76°
11pm 75°
12am 75°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

9:01p
Will & Grace Paley Center Special
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld
10:00p
Seinfeld

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:01p
Will & Grace Paley Center Special
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld