This is Digital Abuse.

I was watching MTV the other day and saw the following in-your-face public service message.

MTV recently announced their multi-year campaign initiative to stop digital abuse among today's students. This comes after the results of a recent study released by MTV and AP exploring the full scope of digital abuse - from sexting to cyber bullying. The network began airing the public service messages in December and launched a website for the intiative - A Thin Line.

Here are a few highlights I compiled from the study:
  • 50% of young people surveyed have been victim of digital abuse.
  • 3 out of 10 teens reported they have been involved in some type of naked sexting.
  • 45% of those surveyed who have had sex in the past 7 days admitted to prior sexting activity.
  • 1 in 5 sext recipients reported they have passed images on to other people.
  • 76% of teens say that digital abuse is a real problem and must be addressed.
  • 54% said they would most likely do nothing if they see someone being bullied on a social networking site.
  • 56% indicated they were extremely affected after being targeted by someone.
  • 13% are twice as likely to seek the help of a mental health professional.
  • 58% of teens would report bullying to parent - and names parent as top resource.
  • 63% of teens from single-parent homes are targeted, compared with 45% of those living in two-parent homes.
  • For the full report click [here].

    I think this is a very positive intiative to a growing problem. What are your thoughts? Did the results of the study surprise you?

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    2 Responses to “This is Digital Abuse.”

    1. # Anonymous Marshall Jones Jr.

      I hadn't even heard the term "sexting" until just now. I'd like to say thank you for the info, but I'm not sure that's exactly what I mean. It's getting insane, but it's to be expected. All the more motivation for us...

      -Marshall Jones Jr.  

    2. # Blogger Matt Boone

      Absolutely Churches, Student Ministries, Student Pastors, Parents, our students... need to know the truth.

      Thanks for posting and hopefully this will encourage more leaders to step up and teach truth on this subject.  

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