Sexting -- Growing Trend in Amarillo

Amarillo ISD hosted a free information session Tuesday evening to teach parents how to prevent their kids from sending sexually explicit photos over cell phones.

They say the first tip to prevention is opening up a conversation with your child. One of the best ways to do that is by using a TV that touches on the topic as a jumping off point.

After the conversation is open, there are some key points to hit:

First, tell your child that having a cell phone is a privilege that comes with a parent's right to check how it is being used, from reading text messages to looking at pictures.

But you can't stop there. Go deeper - tell them why it's a problem. A minor who sends a naked photo to another minor can face up to 20 years in prison.

Sexting is also commonly done through e-mail. To help there are several programs that can be uploaded to your computer - such as, PC tattletale, Advanced Parental Control, Web Watcher and McAfee Site Advisor.

If you want to learn even more, AISD will host another session on Friday at 9 a.m. at the region 16 building at 5800 South Bell.