Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Teen Digital Abuse
July 12, 2010 9:39:43 PM PDT
ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, "Beyond the Headlines" airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage.

July 11, 2010
Teen Digital Abuse
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

Today's show is about a rising form of digital abuse, called "sexting."

A recent report, released jointly by Associated Press and MTV suggests that more than a quarter of teens and young adults admit to sharing sexually explicit photos, videos and conversations on their cell phones and online. According to the study:

  • Almost half of sexually active young people report being involved in sexting.
  • 3 in 10 young people report having been involved in some type of naked texting.
  • 29% of those who have sent texts report sending them to people they only know online and have never met in person.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 sext recipients report that they have passed the images along to someone else.
  • More than half of those who have passed along the images say they've shared them with more than one person.
  • Studio Guests:

    Officer Frances Williams
    San Francisco Police Department
    (415) 734-3280

    Dr. Michael Grogan
    Director, Jeannette Prandi Children's Center

    Julia Gorman
    Student Actress, "Irreversible Consequences"

    Ed Berberian
    Marin County District Attorney

    Jennifer Jolly
    Consumer Adviser,

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