Though you probably cannot even say the word “sexting” without giggling — the trend of sending sexual content from a cell phone is a serious problem. We’re talking, do not pass go, do not collect $200, go straight to jail — and the registered sex offender list. They’ll put your name, photo and crime — sometimes even if you’re still a minor — on your neighborhood’s list of predators.
And that’s just what the government can do, we’re sure you can imagine how some of the crueler kids at school might react.
The fact is, by sending sexually suggestive photos or messages, you, the sender, or the person who receives the message could be fined, charged with possession of child pornography or even sent to prison.
Get the facts below. Your future, reputation and self-respect are at stake.
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What is sexting?
All of the Above. Sending and receiving any type of sexually suggestive content whether its photos, links, texts, etc. is considered sexting. Even if the message or image is not of or directed to you, and it has been passed from someone else, its still sexting and could get you in trouble.
Your friend sent you a pic of his girlfriend in her underwear. Who could get in trouble for this?
All of the Above. If you friends girlfriend is underage, you and your friend could be charged with possession of child pornography. Yeah. Really. His girlfriend could get in trouble in other ways, including with her school, with her family and perhaps mostly important — by losing her self-respect.
You and your boyfriend are flirting via text. He says something sexual. Is that sexting? Could he get in trouble for sending that?
Yes. If one or both of you is underage, you could be in big trouble. 40% of teens say theyve received sexually explicit texts that were meant to be private. And, out of those people 20% shared a message with another person.
True or False: Texts can be deleted. If I send something really bad, it will be erased eventually.
False!!! Anything you send via text or on the internet is never truly gone. Do not send something you may regret later meaning do not ever send something you wouldnt want your parents, teachers, college admissions office or future employers to see.
Your friend is being pressured to take a racy picture of herself on her phone to send to her boyfriend. What do you tell her?
Dont do it! You never know who hell show by accident, or on purpose. If you or a friend is being encouraged to send something you feel uncomfortable with, dont give in. Not only could those photos end up in the wrong hands, if hes caught with them on your phone and either one of you is underage — you could be charged with possession of child pornography. Plus, again, think of yourself, and your self-respect, first.
You sent a suggestive picture of yourself to a guy you like as a joke. Will he think its a joke?
No, he may not react the way you think. 4 out of 10 girls in a recent study said boys did not react the way they thought they would when they were sexting. Many of the boys thought it was ok to pressure them to hook up after.
Your friend from bio sent a text with a photo of a girl from your gym class in it. Shes not wearing a shirt. What do you do?
Contact a teacher or trusted adult immediately. You need to tell an adult who can handle the situation appropriately and PRIVATELY, which means, keep it to yourself.
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Sexting is totally wrong. Why would you even do it? Not only is it stupid but if to many people see it your gonna wind being bullied. Being bullied is no fun. Plus sexting can lead to other things that your boyfriend/girlfriend may want to do. Puls it might come back to haunt you when your trying to get a job. Somehow the employer might just have what you were sexting about. My point is don’t do it.
uhh… what if that person, says its private? and what if that person does not send to anyone! does that still count as sexting? (confused?)