Previously Recorded: Understanding and Responding to Adolescents’ Online Sexual Experiences

  • 12/12/2023
  • 10:00 AM
  • 12/12/2024
  • Link to the recording will be emailed after registration
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Previously Recorded:

Understanding and Responding to Adolescents’ Online Sexual Experiences

Megan Maas, PhD

Live-streaming December 12th, 2023 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Only $10 for members and $20 for non-members


Pornography has never been more accessible to adolescents as it is now, and mainstream media has never been more sexualized. Educators, parents, and practitioners often don’t know how to address this new reality with adolescents. This webinar teaches you everything you need to know about internet pornography use, social media, and sexting during adolescence: From market research on the industry, to how pornography affects the brain, to how and why adolescents are sexting. Finally, we will discuss why marginalized adolescents are more vulnerable to maladaptive outcomes from online sexual experiences. 

Participants will leave this session with confidence to 

(1) help teens develop competencies to navigate these digital spaces; 

(2) identify specific acts of online sexual misconduct that require action from school staff, and 

(3) respond with protective policies and procedures that support victims and provide appropriate disciplinary action for perpetrators.  


Megan Maas, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in media and sexual behavior. 

Currently, she is an assistant professor in Human Development & Family Studies at Michigan State University. Her award-winning research, recognized by the American Psychological Association, focuses on adolescent sexual development. Specifically, she investigates how experiences of social media, sexting, and online pornography play a bi-directional role in the development of attitudes and behavior related to sexuality and gender. 

She received her PhD from The Pennsylvania State University as a pre-doctoral fellow funded by the National Institutes of Health. Born and raised in California, Megan earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento. She also holds a master’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies from Penn State.

​Before pursuing an academic career, Megan worked on film sets in Los Angeles where she developed her passion for storytelling. After gravitating toward education, she worked as a health educator and developed a popular lecture series which integrated peer-reviewed information on pornography use into sexual health behavior for lectures for college students, parents, and mental health professionals. Since then, Megan has served as a facilitator, workshop leader, and speaker on issues revolving around adolescent sexuality, sexualization, pornography use, sexual socialization, pornography use in romantic relationships, and parent-child communication about sexuality at universities and organizations across the country.

In addition to publishing her research in academic journals, she also publishes her work in mass media outlets such as HuffPost, CNN, and Salon. She also continues her passion for storytelling by translating science to general audiences in documentary films, podcasts, and television interviews. 


Participants may earn 2.0 SCECHs for attending the live event and completing the appropriate SCECH's survey within two weeks.  A link to a recorded version will be provided to all registered guests.  You may register and receive a link to the recording up to one year after the live event. Please note, the recording will not be available until two weeks after the event.  As a result, participants can not earn SCECH's for viewing the recorded version.  

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