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STAND UP TO SEXTING by Christy Monson


An Open Conversation for Parents & Tweens

by Christy Monson & Heather Boynton ; illustrated by Albert Pinilla

Pub Date: May 5th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-73363-357-4
Publisher: Bushel & Peck Books

A guide to help adults broach the dangers of sexting with preteens.

Recognizing that sexting is a significant parenting concern today, the authors created this book to give parents, teachers, faith leaders, and other adults who live and work with elementary- and middle school–aged young people tools to start a dialogue on the subject. After a brief introduction to some of the emotional, social, and legal consequences of sexting, the guide is then divided into four sections on sexting basics (e.g., what it is and how it affects the brain), sexting participation (both actively and as a bystander), how to avoid becoming a sexting victim, and related topics (e.g., determining readiness for a smartphone). Each chapter opens with a short explanation of the topic in a conversational style and continues with a realistic and accessible anecdote aimed at kids. Examples range from unsolicited locker-room snapshots through solicited nude photos to potential online predators. These are followed by conversation starters that avoid shaming young people or blaming any one gender; journal prompts and goal-setting exercises appear with blank lines for kids’ musings. Kid-friendly graphics featuring a multiracial cast further amplify the book’s approachable tone. The text addresses only heterosexual relationships, however, and one bully-prevention idea excludes some faiths by suggesting only joining a church youth group.

Overall, a valuable resource on this important topic.

(Nonfiction. 10-13)