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Juvenile Sexting Increasing

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: The Post Falls Police Department has been experiencing a spike in investigations  involving juvenile sexting. This dangerous activity involves taking nude, or partially nude, cell phone photographs of one's self and text messaging the photographs to  other persons.

Most commonly, juveniles in dating relationships send these photographs to each other, but often these photographs get sent to third-parties after the couple breaks up. Once this occurs, these photographs can be sent to countless people at an exponential rate.

A recent study has shown that 20% of teenagers in the United States have participated in sexting and 48% have received sexually-explicit text messages.

The School Resource Officers (SRO) of the Post Falls Police Department have been reaching out to students in our local school district, teaching classes on the subject and educating parents on the dangers of sexting. Our goal is to prevent sexting from occurring. When it does happen, our SROs immediately investigate and attempt to limit the number of photographs that remain in the community.

The Post Falls Police Department urges parents to be proactive and communicate with your teenage children about sexting. Often, children engaging in this activity are very secretive with their cell phone and try to hide it from their parents. If you suspect that your child is sexting, we urge you to contact our SROs. They will be able to help you check your child's phone, and if photographs are found, our SROs can investigate and attempt to find out who has copies.

If you have any questions about sexting, please contact SRO Neil Uhrig or SRO Paul Farina at (208)773-3517.

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