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Course tackles sexting danger
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CLINTON — A one-hour course on the dangers of sexting is available online, through the work of Dr. Adam Schwebach of Clinton’s Neuropsychology Center of Utah.

“Kids need to understand the serious consequences of sexting,” said Schwebach in a press release. “Teens don’t know sexting can cause legal troubles and damage their future. Our program helps them understand the seriousness of sexting and helps them prevent poor choices in the future.”

The $49.99 course includes information on the legal implications as well as the social aspects of sexting. It also covers coping with peer pressure and the importance of developing healthy interpersonal relationships.  

The course can be taken to help fulfill legal requirements resulting from violations, or for personal growth and development, according to the release. 

Behavioral psychologists and juvenile probation officers in Utah collaborated in the development of the course. 

Research cited by the center estimates that more than 20 percent of teens have sent sexually explicit images of themselves and about 60 percent have received a sext from someone. About 50 percent of teens have sent sexually explicit text messages.

Parents also receive information on the legal and social dangers of sexting and tips for promoting safe cell-phone practices with their children, through a 20-minute educational program that is part of the course.

More information is available at courteducationonline.com.    lshaw@davisclipper.com

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