Sheriff’s citizen’s group targets teen issues

By Karen Brainard

How to reach teenagers and their parents and relay warnings and preventive advice about such social concerns as drug use, drinking, and sexting was pondered by those attending the Ramona Sheriff’s Substation Citizen’s Advisory Group meeting.

Lt. James Bovet meets with the Sheriff’s Citizen Advisory Group in the conference room of the Ramona substation. Pictured are group members Les Brennan and Kim Lasley, left, and Celeste Young. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

This was the fourth meeting of the group, led by Lt. James Bovet. Although five residents serve as members, only three attended, along with a high school parent and Crime Prevention Specialist Barbara Wallace.

One of the topics that parents and teens need to be aware of is the social host ordinance, Wallace said at the Nov. 14 meeting. The ordinance assigns responsibility to those who knew or should have known a drinking party was occurring on their property. Anyone allowing minors, under age 21, to drink alcohol on their property could be cited or arrested, fined $1,000 or more, and could serve  up to six months in jail.

Sexting, the term used to describe teens taking and sending sexually suggestive photos of themselves and others with their smartphones, has been in the news recently as the San Diego Police Department is investigating sexting incidents at area high schools. Advisory group member and Ramona Unified School Board Trustee Kim Lasley said a lot of parents are not aware of sexting. Because the photos can spread throughout a school via smartphones  and even end up on the Internet, reputations can be damaged and minors, under age 18, who take or send photos could be committing a crime, according to law enforcement.

Other information the group would like to distribute is where to find help when a child approaches his parents and says he has a problem with drugs. The services are out there but many parents may not be aware of them, advisory group members said.

To get the messages and information out to the public, Wallace suggested using social media, saying it is a communications tool that can reach a lot of people. The group also discussed working with  Ramona Unified School District.

Graffiti and the recent arrests of three 19-year-old Ramona males in the tagging group Making Art Daily (MAD) was mentioned. Bovet said some minors also were involved and those caught tagging will have to pay for the damages.

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7 Comments for “Sheriff’s citizen’s group targets teen issues”

  1. Jane Tanaka MD

    Preaching to the choir, perhaps to any parent who is reading the news article above, but here's a little bit of information/recommendation on Sexting from the "Enough Is Enough" website:
    Home > Dangers > Web 2.0 > Mobile Devices


    What it is: cell phone users, often teens and "tweens", create and exchange provocative and nude, sexual images of themselves using their cell phone's built-in digital camera.


    In a recent survey from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, one out of five teens reported that they have electronically sent or posted online, nude or seminude pictures or videos of themselves. With an estimated 90 to 95 percent of school kids carrying cell phones, this is a trend we cannot afford to ignore.

  2. Jane Tanaka MD

    (continued from above from the Enough is Enough website):
    When teens and tweens engage in this illicit activity, it can lead to serious repercussions. Police are currently investigating teens throughout the country for sending nude images of themselves, with consequences ranging from suspension to felony charges for the creation and distribution of child pornography.

    As a parent during the digital age, it can be difficult to enforce boundaries and stay on top of everything your kids are doing, but if you're footing the bill, it is well within your right to ask your children what they are doing and play your part to help protect them.


  3. Jane Tanaka MD

    Key Report Findings:
    •Although most teens who send sexually suggestive content are sending it to boyfriends and girlfriends, others say they are sending such material to those they want to hook up with or even to someone they only know online.
    •Teens are conflicted about sending/posting sexually suggestive content–they know it's potentially dangerous, yet many do it anyway.
    •Teens are sending sexually explicit messages and images, even though they know such content often gets shared with those other than the intended recipient.
    •Young people who receive nude/semi-nude images and sexually suggestive texts and emails are sharing them with other people for whom they were never intended.
    •Teens admit that sending/posting sexually suggestive content has an impact on their behavior.

  4. Jane Tanaka MD

    from :

    5 Tips to Help Parents Protect Kids from Sexting:
    1.Talk to your kids about what they are doing online and outline the risks. Talk to your kids about sex and relationships in the offline and online world.
    2.Make sure your kids understand that messages or pictures they send over the Internet or on their cell phones are not truly private or anonymous. Also make sure they know anyone can–and often will–forward their pictures of messages to others. (Ask your daughter what her boyfriend will do with those pictures once they break up). And check up on what your kids are posting online.

  5. Jane Tanaka MD

    3.Know who your kids are communicating with online and via cell phones: Do your best to learn who your kids are spending time with online and on the phone by chacking their IM buddy lists, social networking friends and mobile device address/contact list.
    4.Consider placing limits on electronic communication. Check out the parental controls offered by your mobile provider. Many mobile carriers offer family plans that allow you to limit the amount and type of text messages your kids can send. Also disable attachments on text messages.
    5.Set expectations: Make sure you are clear with your teen about what you consider appropriate behavior online and through text.

  6. Podero

    What can adults do to protect a child with a parent whom allows them to make poor choices. Parents whom don’t serve in the child’s well being or best interest . I know a kid who’s dad let’s him smoke pot all day. .has never enforced school attendance. In fact the boy only showed up 2days this year. . Any answers to help out kids whom aren’t taught any better. And seem lost. . .and unreachable.?

  7. Enough

    Would the Sentinel finally just give Tanaka her own column? For God's sake, she must be exhausted posting 5-6 comments at a time!

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