From Slut Pages to Sexting Scandals: The Impact of Online Shame In Schools

From small towns like Canon City, Colorado, to Winnetka, Illinois, countless schools have been reeling from the fallout of slut pages and sexting scandals that have left students feeling shamed and betrayed.

You might think this could never happen to you or at your school. Maybe you have social media monitoring systems in effect. Maybe you believe that students make good digital choices or wouldn’t engage in such activities. Think again. One study of teenagers in Texas basically concluded that sexting is the new “first base.”

As we have read in headlines across the globe, bad things can happen to good people and in the nicest places. It’s imperative that schools, parents and communities step up to address the consequences of this culture.

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