Lakeland University Thinkhaus: Youth Sexting


Lakeland University’s K-12 public relations manager recently forwarded information about an upcoming talk provided by Lakeland Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Karin Miofsky. Miofsky will discuss youth sexting and its implications as part of Lakeland’s next ThinkHaus presentation. Her talk, entitled “Youth Sexting: The New First Base,” is set for 7 p.m. on March 16 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center theatre in Sheboygan. The event is free and open to all. Miofsky will share information from her research about sexting, discuss youth perceptions and behaviors and what parents and educators can do to support youth in their lives.

ThinkHaus is a community conversations series that features powerful, thought-provoking talks, no longer than 20 minutes, by experts on topics of interest to the community. Following the talks, the speakers and community engage in discussion that results in new levels of understanding. The mission of ThinkHaus is to inspire positive change in the community through knowledge sharing and creativity; to promote community wellness through a thoughtful, meaningful forum; and to create common ground among community members by sharing new ways of thinking.

Miofsky, who earned her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, joined Lakeland’s faculty in 2014. Before joining Lakeland’s faculty, Miofsky served as an assistant professor at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Miofsky’s primary areas of interest explore patterns of bullying and victimization within schools, the conceptualization of teen sexting and the nature of community crime control. She has written about and presented on these areas extensively. Miofsky has a master’s in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a bachelor’s in psychology and criminal justice from Saint Louis University.

@oostburgschools recently hosted Detective Tamara Remington to discuss concerns around human trafficking in Sheboygan County, and we believe this upcoming discussion through Lakeland is another positive opportunity for families to learn more about keeping our kids safe.

Kevin Bruggink