Grade 8

Sexting and Relationships

What are the risks and potential consequences of sexting?

It's natural for teens to be curious about their emerging sexuality. But most middle schoolers aren't prepared for the risks of exploring this in the digital age. Help students think critically about self-disclosure in relationships and practice how they'd respond to a situation where sexting -- or a request for sexting -- might happen.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Compare the risks and benefits of self-disclosure in relationships.
  • Identify the risks and potential consequences of sexting.
  • Use the Feelings & Options thinking routine to consider how to respond in situations where sexting could occur.
Key Vocabulary: red flag feeling  ·  self-disclosure  ·  sexting
red flag feeling:
when something happens on digital media that makes you feel uncomfortable, worried, sad, or anxious
sharing private or personal thoughts and feelings with someone
digital sharing of intimate images or video with another person
Relationships & Communication
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards
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