Related News: The dangers of sexting: decoding your teens’ texts

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Teenagers are attached to their cell phones today like no other piece of technology in history.

Smartphones can do almost anything, from social media to shopping, calling and texting.

But when texting turns nasty, that’s when problems start. Texting becomes ‘sexting’ when the text becomes sexual in nature.

When Mike and Rebecca Ellis found out their son Cole, a straight-A student athlete, was involved in a sexting situation, they’ll be the first to admit they overreacted.

“First it was calm, then it got to be where it got aggressive in questioning, how did this all come about? I think in my role as leader of the household, I overstepped my boundaries as it relates to embarrassing Cole, his moral fiber and what he stood for; that was not my intention. If I could replay that day, that day would never have occurred,” said Mike Ellis.

Rebecca was shocked to learn Cole had been deleting sexts, hoping the messages and pictures would go away.

Source: WSFA

Related News: N.Y. police probe possible cyberbullying after girl found hanged

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. CNN published an article titled N.Y. police probe possible cyberbullying after girl found hanged.

A 12-year-old girl found hanged in her home left behind a suicide note that mentioned online bullying, according to police.

Gabrielle Molina was found dead Wednesday afternoon by her family, authorities said.

In addition to interviewing Gabrielle’s friends and relatives, police took two computers from the seventh-grader’s home to investigate whether harsh online messages and other cyberbullying may have been a factor in driving the young girl to take her life, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters.

Source: CNN