On March 8th an investigation was initiated by the Sudbury Police Department involving what has been termed “sexting” type activity involving middle school students utilizing both cell phones and the internet to send nude or partially nude images. The circumstances remain under investigation with assistance from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Sudbury Public Schools. There is no indication that any of these activities occurred on Sudbury school grounds. No charges have been filed to this point.
In addition to the potential criminal aspect of such behavior, we feel it more important to educate our youth as to the numerous other possible ramifications of this behavior that compromise the safety of our children. Technological advances have surpassed our preparedness in educating children as to the dangers and negative effects such activities may promote. We intend to take this opportunity to find ways to educate both parents and students as we have done in the past.
The Middlesex District Attorney’s website contains information relative to such educational opportunities at http://www.middlesexda.com/. In the lower right corner of the main page in the “Spotlight” section there are several options.
This type of behavior is not limited to Sudbury nor the small group identified in the investigation so please be diligent in monitoring your children as parents are an integral part of the educational equation.