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Obama White House Promoted ‘Sexting’ Researchers Who Now Tell Kids to ‘Consider Boudoir Pictures’


Two professors at the publicly funded Florida Atlantic University have published in the esteemed Journal of Adolescent Health advocating for parents to teach their middle school and high school aged children how to engage in “safe sexting.”

Co-authored by Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin, the thesis of the paper contends that although a considerable majority of teens abstain from sending “sexts” – explicit photos or messages – children still ought to be taught to “sext” the right way.

The pair also presented at the Obama White House, writing a white paper for the 2011 Conference on Bullying Prevention.

The suggestions from their most recent work, “It is Time to Teach Safe Sexting,are sure to raise eyebrows.

The “sexting” manual – which comes without any real cautioning against the act itself – are effectively an endorsement of a form of child pornography.

The report encourages children to “consider boudoir pictures”:

“Consider boudoir pictures. Boudoir is a genre of photography that involves suggestion rather than explicitness. Instead of nudes, send photos that strategically cover the most private of private parts. They can still be intimate and flirty but lack the obvious nudity that could get you in trouble.”

The study also advances that sexting people “you know and fully trust” is acceptable:

“If you send someone a sext, make sure you know and fully trust them. “Catfishing”—where someone sets up a fictitious profile or pretends to be someone else to lure you into a fraudulent romantic relationship (and, often, to send sexts)—happens more often than you think. You can, of course, never really know if they will share it with others or post it online but do not send photos or video to people you do not know well.”

It provides further instruction on who to send explicit images to:

“Do not send images to someone who you are not certain would like to see it (make sure you receive textual consent that they are interested).”

The report also gives tips on the act of taking the pictures:

“Never include your face. Of course, this is so that images are not immediately identifiable as yours but also because certain social media sites have sophisticated facial recognition algorithms that automatically tag you in any pictures you would want to stay private.”

As well as:

“Make sure the images do not include tattoos, birthmarks, scars, or other features that could connect them to you. In addition, remove all jewelry before sharing. Also consider your surroundings. Bedroom pictures could, for example, include wall art or furniture that others recognize.”

It also includes various pieces of advice directed at how to engage in “sexting” secretly:

“Turn your device’s location services off for all of your social media apps, make sure your photos are not automatically tagged with your location or username, and delete any meta-data digitally attached to the image.”

In addition to:

“Use apps that provide the capability for sent images to be automatically and securely deleted after a certain amount of time. You can never guarantee that a screenshot was not taken, nor that another device was not used to capture the image without you being notified, but using specialized apps can decrease the chance of distribution.”

Along with:

“Be sure to promptly delete any explicit photos or videos from your device. This applies to images you take of yourself and images received from someone else. Having images stored on your device increases the likelihood that someone—a parent, the police, a hacker—will find them.”

And the researchers responsible for this degeneracy were invited to the Obama White House to help set government policy directly impacting children.

Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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