What is Sexual Harassment?
I have been teaching for years that harassment and flirting are different, based on how the behavior is received ... and I may have been incorrect. It seems that the 20% of teenagers who have posted or sent nude photos have participated in "digital dating violence," at least as defined by the Family Violence Prevention Fund.
Do not get me wrong, I am 100% against dating violence, but I usually define it as controlling or unwarranted behavior (like any kind of harassment, threats, name calling, physical abuse, etc), that does not stop when desired and requested. I see teens sending nude photos or participating in phone (or digital) sex as a problem of a real different kind - one reflecting a lack of self-respect and boundaries.
Teens need help learning what healthy and unhealthy relationships are, and resources to help them when things get out-of-hand, and most of all, they need parental guidance - not criminal records.