Ethics Crisis Among Ontario High School Students

High school students are bombarded with messages everyday: The most enticing themes often involve risky behaviour. Youth are exposed to instant communication more frequently as the consequences of technology on decision-making multiplies.
 
June 20, 2012 - PRLog -- Speaking with youth workers and police indicate a disturbing trend: some high school students destroy reputations by ‘sexting’ – a seemingly harmless act until virtual images reach millions on the Internet.  "Even though they're young, they should think about how things can affect their futures by doing something so permanent that they might regret later," Sgt. Lisa Hunt stated recently to The Barrie Examiner regarding a ‘sexting’ ring in Simcoe County.

More than ever, the urgency for ethical education among Ontario teenagers is growing.  Research among high school students points to a significant gap between the need for ethics and its provision.  The choices made by youth today have a far greater impact – partly due to our 'connected' culture – compared to those made by previous generations.  An ethical grounding at a younger age sets the framework for a lifetime of good decision-making despite negative outside influences such as peer pressure.

The Helm Project is dedicated to promoting ethical conduct and leadership among youth in the County of Simcoe and beyond.  For more information, please visit www.helmproject.ca.
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