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Sexting

2010-03-19

Recent headlines regarding teens “sexting”, image sharing of sexually explicit messages and nude photos via mobile phones, is causing technopanic among parents and school administrators. The following Queen’s University experts are available to discuss sexting.
Digital CultureProfessor Martin Hand is able to speak to the issues this controversy raises, including questions about ubiquitous cell phone use, texting and ever-present digital cameras in youth culture.
Professor Martin Hand, Sociology Email: handm@queensu.ca Professor Hand’s areas of research include digital culture, particularly photography and Web 2.0.
Social NetworkingProfessor Sidney Eve Matrix can speak about teens and the dynamics of risk and intimacy involved with social networking, as well as the changing definitions of privacy in a connected, digital culture.
Professor Sidney Eve Matrix, Film and MediaEmail: matrixs@queensu.caProfessor Matrix is a Queen's National Scholar in the Department of Film and Media. Her research areas include mass media and popular culture, new media theory and cyberculture studies.
ProsecutionIn theory, a young person (under 18) who sends a sexually explicit picture of themselves could be prosecuted, as could anyone who passes on that picture to another person. 
Professor Nick Bala, LawEmail: bala@queensu.caProfessor Bala’s current research includes projects in the Family and Children's law field on the role of the justice system and the government in the lives of families and children.
To arrange an interview, please contact Jeff Drake at 613.533.2877 jeff.drake@queensu.ca or Stephanie Earp at 613.533.6000 ext. 79173 stephanie.earp@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen's University.

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