Parents' Guide to

Sexting in America: When Privates Go Public

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

MTV special contains important info for teens/parents.

TV MTV Educational 2010
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The series offers some surprising and alarming information about the sexting phenomena, which has become a growing problem throughout the United States. It attempts to appeal to young viewers by featuring excerpts from music videos featuring singers like R. Kelly and Beyoncé, TV shows like Degrassi and 90210, and the film American Pie. Although it discusses sex scandals surrounding celebs like Pete Wentz and Rihanna, it still succeeds at discussing sexting without being salacious. It also underscores the idea that anyone, no matter how rich and/or famous, can be harmed by this behavior.

Because of the show's 30-minute length, it only manages to scratch the surface of what has become a disturbing trend among young people today. But the information it does contain is worth listening to. Overall, it gives an informative, but serious warning to kids and their parents about the dangerous and devastating consequences sexting can have on their lives.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: February 14, 2010
  • Cast: Kim Stolz
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: September 19, 2019

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