Westport’s Unitarian Church will host a free presentation on the dangers of sexting for children on Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., church officials announced.
Attorney Leon Smith of the Hartford-based Center for Children’s Advocacy is scheduled to discuss how sexting “can have devastating consequences for children and teens involved,” the announcement said.
Legal, emotional, educational and employment consequences will be discussed, the announcement said.
“This is an extremely important issue for kids and for their parents and school communities,” Smith said.
“The consequences can be devastating, and we must do what we can to educate and inform kids, parents and the community, so we can protect children from negative outcomes and long-term harm.”
The Rev. John Morehouse, the Unitarian Church’s senior minister, echoed Smith’s comments.
“The importance of understanding the dangers of sexting cannot be underestimated,” Morehouse said. “Programs like this are essential in educating children, teens and parents in developing the skills necessary to bridge the gap between global, social media and healthy, personal social relationships.”
The Center for Children’s Advocacy is a nonprofit law firm providing legal representation and advocacy for Connecticut’s at-risk children and teens.