Teen Sexting: Dr. Bonnie Says Teach Kids to Respect Technology, Not to Avoid It

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Teen sexting is not as common as people think, according to a new study (http://bit.ly/sw4NBX). Only one percent of kids ages 10 to 17 have sent racy pictures of themselves or someone else. While this is not the epidemic some seem to think it is, parents should still be active in addressing concerns that come with new technology advises Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil: "The solution isn't to shy away from technology but rather to teach teens to respect and understand technology."

Teen sexting is not as common as people think, according to a new study (http://bit.ly/sw4NBX). Only one percent of kids ages 10 to 17 have sent racy pictures of themselves or someone else. While this is not the epidemic some seem to think it is, parents should still be active in addressing concerns that come with new technology advises Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil: "The solution isn't to shy away from technology but rather to teach teens to respect and understand technology."

For the one percent of kids who are sharing photos - those pictures become like a "tech STD" - "they live on online and will follow them around throughout their lives" cautions Dr. Bonnie. Because teens' brains are neurologically programmed to seek out risk and thrills, they need to be taught how to handle technology responsibly while their brains develop. Just like adults who do things like commit adultery out of a desire for that endorphin high - what Dr. Bonnie calls the Biochemical Craving for Connection - teens whose brains haven't fully developed are prone to act out foolishly.

"Adults facing addiction typically have a brain like that of a teenager," Dr. Bonnie explains, "in that their neurological development is similar to what takes place in the teen years." To treat this condition - or while teens are waiting for their brains to catch up - Dr. Bonnie suggests implementing Smart Heart Skills and Dialogue. This type of communication is used to create a safe space for communication and works with adults and kids alike. For teens, Dr. Bonnie suggests having a specific time parents to check in with their kids each week and ask tough questions about what their child's relationships and behavior looks like. "Then give them an opportunity to be honest with their answers and know that you won't get angry."

And then parents should take comfort in the fact that, according the lead author of the study: teen sexting isn't rampant, usually isn't malicious, and is generally not something parents should panic over.

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Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil's best-selling book, Adultery the Forgivable Sin is being re-released under a new distributor and making its appearance available in eBook format and print on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Adultery-Forgivable-Bonnie-Eaker-Weil/dp/1587768151/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321019076&sr=8-1). Adultery the Forgivable Sin was also made into a Lifetime Original Movie starring Kate Jackson.

Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil, PhD, is also author of the 2010 New York Times Reader’s Choice Award-winning book Make Up Don’t Break Up with accompanying DVD Falling in Love and Staying In Love. Dr. Bonnie counsels couples, singles, and step families. She works with those considering breaking up, people who have committed adultery, and couples who want to strengthen their relationships damaged by resentment or unresolved anger, teaching people to “fight” to increase passion, bring back magic and restore the sizzle. Dr. Bonnie teaches Smart Heart Dialogue along with communication and connection tools, and counsel’s families and children.

Named the Best Local Therapist by the US Commerce Association and known as “The Adultery Buster” and the “No. 1 Love Expert,” she is the best-selling author of other books like Finding and Keeping Love for Singles and Couples (Revised edition Feb 2010, including DVD How to Fall in Love and Stay in Love for Singles and Couples), Can We Cure and Forgive Adultery?, How Not to (S)mother Your Man and Keep a Woman Happy, and Financial Infidelity.

Dr. Bonnie is presently featured and available now on the Discovery Health/Oprah Winfrey Network documentary titled "Unfaithful" and A&E on addictions. ABC’s Good Morning America, a three-day series on NBC’s The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show five times, a four day series on Fox TV regarding dating. She appears frequently on ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC News, The View, 20/20, and CNN. Visit Dr. Bonnie at http://www.DoctorBonnie.com.

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