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Sexting: What You Need to Know

This course, "Sexting: What You Need to Know" is brought to you by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center, an office of the Colorado Department of Public Safety. It is in keeping with the Five Preparedness Missions of the Center:  to prevent youth from engaging in high risk behavior; to mitigate the damage caused by that behavior; to protect victims, potential victims, and offending youth; and to properly respond and help the community recover.

This course was created to comply with Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) section 18-7-109(5)(c). It is also in conformity with C.R.S. section 22-1-128, as mandated by 24-33.5-1803(m). It is designed as a tool for use by the courts and schools to help juveniles understand the elements of healthy relationships and avoid the serious legal, academic, financial, and social consequences that result from sexting conduct.  More comprehensive interventions may be required to manage higher level offenders, but completion of this course is designed to satisfy programming requirements for juveniles who have consensually exchanged sexually explicit images.

"Sexting: What You Need to Know" is available for juveniles on the Child Welfare Training System here. The Center recommends that juveniles use this link as an alternative to the registration complexities of Co.TRAIN. Taking the course through this link is simple and straight forward, but will not provide evidence of completion unless the juvenile prints or saves the completion certificate provided.

This course can also be completed in person through a designated trainer from the School Safety Resource Center. Contact the Center to arrange to bring this training to your campus.  


Taking The Course:

Sexting: What You Need to Know

  • There is no monetary cost to take this course.
  • YOUTH: If you have been ordered/requested to take this course as part of a court-order or diversion condition, please use this link to access the course. For best success, load the course on Chrome or Firefox. The Center recommends that juveniles use this link as an alternative to the registration complexities of Co.TRAIN. Taking the course through this link is simple and straight forward, but will not provide evidence of completion unless you print or save the completion certificate provided.
  • SCHOOL STAFF: You will need to Sign In or Create an Account at www.co.train.org
  • Search for the course on CO.TRAIN using the Course ID 1077649 or Sexting: What You Need to Know

Plan for about 1 hour to complete the course and review resources.

  • After completing this course, you will be able to:
    • Identify the elements of a healthy relationship,
    • Define juvenile sexting,
    • Name the legal charges and penalties for juvenile sexting, and
    • Describe the legal, social, academic, and financial consequences of sexting.
  • A printable certificate of completion will be available upon completing the course.
  • Be sure to complete all interactivity on each page. The course will not allow you to advance prior to completing every interactive element.
  • We appreciate your feedback! After completing the course, please take a few moments to complete the suggested review on co.train.org

This course may use Adobe Flash Player to deliver content. Chrome and other modern browsers have disabled Flash by default. If you're experiencing problems completing the course, please enable Flash in your browser. If you are still experiencing problems completing the course, please contact us at the associated support email.


Supplemental Course Resources:

As noted, the creation of this course was a result of statutory mandate. The purpose was twofold: to provide a tool for prosecutors and the judiciary to encourage smart digital decisions by our youth, and to provide a model program for schools for use in prevention programming. The goal is to prevent harm. These additional resources were created to maximize flexibility of use of the course materials for diversion/probation departments as well as prevention educators.

Sexting Fact Sheet [PDF]

In 2017, the Colorado Legislature passed HB 17-1302, which implements changes to the way prosecutors can address juvenile "sexting" cases. 

Prior to the enactment of this law, prosecutors’ only option for charging teen sexting behavior (even among consenting friends) was felony exploitation of a child. The new law, which applies to behavior on or after January 1, 2018, is a tiered approach that separates abusive forms of sexting (such as malicious distribution) from consensual electronic exchange of explicit images

Online Removal Guide

For tips on removing unwanted photos from popular social media platforms, the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative is a good place to start. This Online Removal Guide will walk victims of nonconsensual postings through the process.

Sexting: What You Need to Know [PDF]

This document is a collection of still slides and the accompanying course transcripts for use as visual aids/supplements on the chapter topics.

Facilitator's Guide to Sexting: What You Need to Know [PDF]

This guide is a companion piece to the course that corresponds to the screencasts linked below. It was designed for in-class instruction on the course content subchapters:  Introduction to the CSSRC, Healthy Relationships, Juvenile Sexting, Legal Matters, Consequences, and Conclusion. It is targeted to prevention educators of middle and high school students. It contains broad suggestions which could be adapted for younger and older audiences.

Sexting: What You Need to Know:  Screencasts by Chapter.

The following videos capture of the online course may be viewed in their entirety or broken up by subchapter, in or out of sequence. By segment, they contain:

  • Chapter One = Introduction: This sub-part explains the mission of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center, which is to create safe and positive school environments, as guided by five preparedness missions identified by the U.S. Department of Education. The introduction also explains the origin of the course, which has its mandate in Colorado Revised Statutes section 18-7-109.
  • Chapter Two = Healthy Relationships: The Healthy Relationships segment of this course helps youth understand the concepts of consent, respect for self and others, and boundary-setting, through the framework of empathy.
  • Chapter Three = What is Juvenile Sexting? In this short screen-cast, learn the general structure of the juvenile sexting statute in Colorado.
  • Chapter Four = Legal Matters:  This chapter breaks down the charging options for prosecutors under the new statute, including potential penalties. Emphasis is placed on affirmative defenses available under the law.
  • Chapter Five = Consequences:  The last chapter of the sequence explains potential consequences of sexting conduct. It explains how the practice can impact youth and their families, including academic, financial, social, and physical outcomes, It also empowers juveniles with suggestions on how to avoid problematic behaviors.
  • Chapter Six = Conclusion: The conclusion of the course features the impact statement of a juvenile in Colorado who was prosecuted for sexting. Through his experience, he explains his understanding of empathy. 

Sample Parent Consent Letter

  • This letter serves as a template for your school or youth organization to inform parents/guardians of sexting prevention training or seek parental consent for students to participate.

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