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post #1 of 38
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i don't think i have ever posted here before, but i have no idea what to do. i had a feeling tonight to check my sons cell phone. he has a "girlfriend", he is almost 14. well i started reading his texts and i found a pic of one of his female friends breasts on it and she was asking him to send her pics of his "package" as she called it. then another girl was texting him asking him what he wanted her to do and he answered back to suck his ****. i about flipped. i texted the two girls back and told them that i would be letting their parents know what types of things they were doing at midnight. one girl appologized and said my son wasn't the victim they were both at fault, which i said was true. the other one taunted me telling me i didn't know her parents or her phone number and to have fun trying to find it out. so what would you do?
post #2 of 38
I would have a nonconfrontational, educational discussion with him about responsibility and respect for women and then I would hug him and leave it at that. I also wouldn't have texted the girls back in a threatening manner. I might have let them know that I sometimes use my son's cell phone and they might want to consider that when they were deciding what to text.
post #3 of 38
ITA with the PP. And as hard as it is, it's important to understand we cannot control our teens, and the harder we try to, the more alienated we may become from them. Instead, if we can establish good rapport and trust (not specific, but the general trust we have that they will indeed grow up and take personal responsibilty for their behavior...eventually) and in as many instances as possible help them to shoulder the responsibilty for what THEY own, they, and we, will be fine. In the meantime...well, it's been a minute since I was dealing with this particular issue, but I can say that the difference in maturity, at least for my DD rom 14 to 16 has been remarkable, indeed. Girls do tend to mature a bit earlier, and that was certainly what I saw in my two, but still; this won't last forever. I really benefited from the book by Don Dinkmeyer, et al Parent Effectiveness Training -Teens. One of the best parts of the book is a chart that helps families determine who owns a problem. Because teens often feel extremely sensitive about their personal boundaries, it helps enormously if we stay out of the stuff they truly own, and offer choices when we own the problem.
This sounds, unfortunately or not, pretty common. Teens, esp. young teens are often 'trying on' personality, character and lifestyle traits. This doesn't at all predict, necessarily, for disaster later on, KWIM? Not that this is not alarming, I do understand. But it's not deviant or all that unusual amongst teens, at all. I often say I am not sure which is worse, thinking our kids are aliens or knowing they are not!! Anyway, mama, another thing that really helps me a lot is to remember how I felt as a teen. This can help us to have compassion for their struggles. Plus, it can give us insight as to why a situation troubles us. Not so that we accept something that we feel our kids would be best not doing, but just so we are clear about the boundaries and ownership of the problem. HTHs
post #4 of 38
What did your son say?
post #5 of 38
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post #6 of 38
Thread Starter 
He hasn't said much. Other than that I have him go to the 8th grade sunday school class at our UU church that is a sexuality education class and that they are doing sex ed in health class at school and so shouldn't I expect him to be curious

I know both the girls which is why I texted them. I don't feel I threatened them, but let them know I wasn't happy with any of their actions and that their parents were going to be told about it.

Oh yea, I'm going to look for that book too. Sounds good. This teen stuff is scary
post #7 of 38
random thoughts (from a mom with a 16yo dsd, 15yo dd, and 12yodd)...

At first, I really wanted to ground your son, take away his cell phone, and somehow berate him into understanding how belittling, how rude, how immature this sort of stuff is.

Then I read a few other threads not related to parenting teens, made a few snacks for the kids, calmed down, read all the replies, and thought:

I really *don't* like the idea that I can't curtail, control, or oversee my teens' behaviors. I think that is a great part of why I am so uncomfortable with so many outings, so much other teen stuff (cell phones, online activity, stuff like that).

I have to give up control...and continue to help her find her own sense of balance...to help her see her own moral and ethical rights and wrongs, and to ensure that she safeguards the rights of others in her own choices.

I do think I'm pretty frank about sex, drugs, hormones, you name it...but I'm really bad at just letting go. I am told numerous times a week that "I've done a great job" w/ the 15yo who is in her first year of PS after being homeschooled...that I've laid a good foundation and she'll make mistakes but she knows right from wrong...

And every time she makes a little slip, I forget all the good things she has done and continues to do.

All this to say, I hear the confusion in parenting a teen. I hear your worries.

I do think it's appropriate to notify the parents of the girls. I'd want to know if my kid was talking, typing, texting like that. I would want the chance to honestly talk with her about what it means to put a picture of your breasts on someone else's hard drive. The internet is a very permanent, yet very fluid place. Had your son been the type to post those nude pics to a MySpace page or something similar, she'd still be facing their reality in ten years, when she's in college or looking for a job.

Sex education is not the equivalent of sexual exploitation or sexual adventurousness. Aside from that, your son is in EIGHTH grade. This is just not permissable.

I agree we can't own our teens or control everything they do or think...but we can certainly make boundaries. I would still take his cell phone away for a while. Irresponsible use equals loss of priveleges in our house. JMO.

Good luck, mama.

love, penelope
post #8 of 38
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Originally Posted by spruce View Post
I do think I'm pretty frank about sex, drugs, hormones, you name it...but I'm really bad at just letting go. I am told numerous times a week that "I've done a great job" w/ the 15yo who is in her first year of PS after being homeschooled...that I've laid a good foundation and she'll make mistakes but she knows right from wrong...

And every time she makes a little slip, I forget all the good things she has done and continues to do.
wow, Penelope, this is ringing very true for me. It's my 13 son who just started school in January after only hs'd. This stuff is seriously difficult.
post #9 of 38
Thread Starter 
we do have very open conversations about sex. alot of my friends can't believe the things he tells me. his friends can't believe the things he tells me, but his friends also talk to me. i have agreed with his friends, boys/girls, that i would not repeat anything told to me unless i think its something serious or harmful to them. they are very open with me. its so hard to know what is the "right" thing to do. i don't want to destroy his trust in me, but he has put my trust with him in question. i have taken the cell phone, again. i took it away about a month ago because he ran the bill up using the internet so we had that blocked off his phone. its a hard line between parenting them and letting them make their own mistakes to learn from. and to think i have 2 more coming up behind him
post #10 of 38
I worry about the girls, about the pictures ending up spread around. I worry about the wanton risk in all their behaviors (son's too).

Sex happened early with all my friends (14 and no later than 16). This was the 1980s. But it was, almost exclusively, within the confines of a relationship. They slept with their boyfriends or girlfriends. I actually think it was a good thing (the sex), good in the sense that it was healthy or at least not particularly harmful (the occasional abortion notwithstanding).

It does seem different now. I think you really really need to talk to your son about respect for sex. A hard sell in a world gone, aparently, unmoored when it comes to sex.

Good luck
post #11 of 38
Thread Starter 
The pics have not gone anywhere. I have the phone. But they could have had they been sent to the wrong person.

I tried to get in contact with the school today to see if they could put me in contact with the parents but so far no luck. I can only hope if I can't find the parents that something worse doesn't happen from this.

I have talked to my son and will continue to talk with him.
post #12 of 38
I think it's a huge violation of privacy to talk to the girls' parents about this.

You've already let the girls know that you check his cell phone and they can't count on anything from the phone being truly private. You're talking to your son. I honestly don't see what good would come of talking to the other parents.
post #13 of 38
As the parent of a girl, I'd want to know if my daughter was texting pics of her boobs to other people.
I'd appreciate you trying to find me and let me know so I can talk to her myself about not doing that kind of thing.
My Ds is just 14 and has his own cell phone now too, after checking his pics all he's done is take pics of the logo on his shoe I'm glad for that.
I don't think you did the wrong thing, teens need to now when we dissaprove of what they are doing and you let them know that. If you did or said nothing they can take that as a sign of approval and go on to do other things you may not like or approve of.
post #14 of 38
Thread Starter 
There are alot of things the kids tell me that I keep to myself. But this is something I feel the girls parents need to be aware of. Having a girl, I would also want to know if she was doing or saying things like this. Given she is only 6 I hope I have a while
post #15 of 38
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Originally Posted by Ruthla View Post
I think it's a huge violation of privacy to talk to the girls' parents about this.

You've already let the girls know that you check his cell phone and they can't count on anything from the phone being truly private. You're talking to your son. I honestly don't see what good would come of talking to the other parents.
You wouldn't want to know if your daughters were sending pictures of their breasts to boys?

It is an invasion of privacy but it is for their own good. If they were just sending normal pictures then that would be different but these are young girls sending nude pictures. They obviously do not know about self respect. I fear for them, if they are 13 or 14 and already doing this stuff, where are they going to be years down the line? All these kids need to learn about self respect.
post #16 of 38
It is a little disturbing to see/hear kids this young acting so sexual but I wanted to post that when I was a young teen I hung out with older and "rougher" kids. So I lied all the time about what I was doing- ie I told my "friends" I was having sex, doing drugs, skipping school, sneaking out. Meanwhile I was doing my homework and raising my little brother and sister. That bravado or display of maturity is sometimes so artificial. I guess the context is that your son may just be "playing a game" a bit dangerous one as time goes on, because eventually you have to act on those statements and thats when it gets way more complicated.
I feel sorry for boys sometimes, with aggresive teenage girls, they don't seem to have the out that girls have and it has got to be hard to sort of stay out of reach when everything in our culture tells them to go for it sexually. It makes me nervous.
post #17 of 38
I just think we all need to be careful about assuming how other parents will react to information like that. While we may be thoughtful and have a problem-solving mentality with our teens, other parents can be verbally and physically abusive, or at least shaming and demeaning. There are many cases I can imagine where it would be best to just not tell the girls' parents. Of course *I'd* want to know, so I can see that pov. When I've "told on" one of my kids' friends - only once that I know of - the parent was a good friend whose parenting style I'd seen in action for many years.
Amy
post #18 of 38
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Originally Posted by PancakeGoddess View Post
wow, Penelope, this is ringing very true for me. It's my 13 son who just started school in January after only hs'd. This stuff is seriously difficult.
In a way, I'm glad I'm not the only one seeing this face of the teen years. In another way, I am so sorry anyone has to go through this sort of thing.

As far as the posts about telling the parents of the girls...IMHO, they gave up their right to privacy when they sent pictures of their private body parts to a cell phone, which could have been lost, stolen, its contents uploaded and spread around the internet...

Much better that the parents and girls in question have honest discussion about these sorts of things now, while the threat is very minimal, than have these girls posting pictures of themselves doing embarrassing things to Facebook or MySpace.

I understand the concern about parental rage, but I do think the submitter's prior knowledge of and friendship with these kids are helping her decide to inform their parents of their behavior.

love, penelope
post #19 of 38
Heather, how did it all go? Just wondering and still checking the thread.

love, penelope
post #20 of 38
I'd be concerned that he could be considered in possession of child pornography - even though the girl took the picture of herself and sent it.
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