Miami Twp. holding town hall meeting on 'sexting'

MIAMI TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Miami Township officials and its Police Department will host a free town hall meeting on Wed., August 12 at 7 p.m. at the Miami Township Civic Center to assist parents in helping to prevent their teen from becoming involved in cell phone "sexting."

'Sexting' is sending sexually explicit messages via cell phone or instant messenger. The problem has become more widespread in recent years as phones with cameras are making it easier to snap a photo and send to friends.

A recent study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and found that 1 in 5 teen girls (22%) say they have electronically sent, or posted online, nude or semi-nude images of themselves.

"The issue has become a community problem," said Miami Township Trustee Ken Tracy, who will host the Town Hall meeting that will be taped and later played on Miami Township TeleVision for the entire community to watch. "The purpose of this Town Hall meeting is to bring parents and law enforcement officials together to discuss the root causes of the sexting issue, and to help educate parents on how to keep their teenager out of trouble."

State representatives will be on hand to discus what is being done with new state laws.

An official from Cincinnati Bell will give a presentation on what parents can do to keep their teens safe, too.

Local school officials and PTA members have been invited to the Town Hall forum, in addition to any parent of a teen or young adult.

"When sexting situations occur, it can really tear a community apart, in addition to putting an undue strain on our law enforcement personnel," Trustee Tracy said. "We want to educate the parents so they can make good decisions with their child. We want to share what we know so that terrible things don't happen to good people in our community."

The Miami Township Civic Center is located at 6101 Meijer Drive in Miami Township (Clermont County).

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