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Stand Up to Sexting: An Open Conversation for Parents and Kids

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120 pages • 6 in x 9 in • Ideal for kids 8-12 years old

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By Christy Monson, LMFT, and Heather Boynton, Professor of Child Development, with illustrations by Albert Pinilla

"A valuable resource on this important topic." —Kirkus Reviews

Sexting—the texting of nude or sexually suggestive images to another person—has become so commonplace that nearly 1 in 4 teens admits to being a participant. The problem is, sexting destroys self-esteem, undermines healthy relationships, leads to depression and self-harm, and can even result to run-ins with the law. It's no wonder that parents recently put sexting among their top-3 parenting concerns—but what's a parent to do?

Stand Up to Sexting is the essential guidebook for parents and tweens to having an open, relaxed conversation about the dangers of sexting. Written in miniature chapters, the book includes friendly illustrations, Q&A prompts for easy conversations, and tools for staying safe. Designed for tweens ages 10-13, the book is the perfect preemptive tool for preparing your kids before their teen years strike. Chapter topics include:

  • What is Sexting?
  • Sexting and the Brain
  • Your Digital Footprints
  • What to Do if You Feel Pressured to Sext
  • Boyfriends and Girlfriends
  • How to Avoid Being a Victim of a Sexting Bully
  • Staying Safe from Predators
  • Using the Internet for Good
  • and much more!


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  • Christy Monson

    As a marriage and family therapist, Christy Monson spent years helping clients heal and reframe their lives in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. She received her B.A degree from Utah State University and a M.S. from University of Nevada at Las Vegas. The mother of six children and the grandmother to many grandchildren, Christy is now retired and lives in Northern Utah. She is the author of several books including Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen (Familius), Family Talk (Familius), and Becoming Free (Familius).

    Christy Monson 
  • Albert Pinilla

    Albert Pinilla is a freelance illustrator based between Barcelona and Finland. He has worked for many publishers and companies including Editorial Casals, Editorial Sàpiens, Diset S.A, Goula, Editorial San Pablo, Descobrir, Namaka magazine, Editorial Mi Cuento, P/A/N, Capçalera, Davos Comunicación S.L, La Agencia de Publicidad S.A (Spain), Hannacroix Creek Books, Bookworks, Highlights magazine (U.S.), Petit Dimoni magazine (France), Headu Giochi (Italy), Igloo Books (United Kingdom), Schildts & Söderstrströms (Finland), and Akotek (Norway).

    Albert Pinilla 
  • Heather Boynton

    Heather is a member of the Child Development Department at Clovis Community College. She received her MA in early childhood education from California State University. Before becoming a full-time professor, Heather worked as a preschool teacher and Programs for Infants and Toddlers (PITC) trainer. She was also a California Early Childhood Mentor Teacher. Heather lives in California with her husband, Dave, and their four kids.

    Heather Boynton 
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