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And most of those who do experience no negative consequences. But for teens who do share sexually explicit images, there are both psychological and legal risks, especially if coercion is involved and the images wind up being distributed beyond their intended audience. Sexting is certainly not just a teen issue, but these tips are specifically for teens and parents of teens. Various causes The reasons teens share sexually explicit images vary widely. There are also cases where the teen is responding to peer pressure, bullying or even threats. In rarer cases, adults solicit images from teens.
Possible consequences The consequences of sexting can range from nothing at all to extremely serious. In most cases, nothing bad happens because the image is never shared beyond the person it was sent to. And as you know, digital photos are easy to copy and archive. Severe consequences : In cases where the images have been seen by others beyond the intended person, the consequences can be quite severe in terms of possible criminal prosecution, trouble with school authorities or serious social and psychological consequences including increased bullying, social isolation, shaming and severe anxiety, fear and depression.
Experts caution never to assume that any single incident or event is the cause of a suicide, but there have been a few tragic cases where teens have killed themselves after nude images have been widely distributed. Legal issues ConnectSafely does not support the prosecution of young people for sharing sexually explicit images. The owner of a phone or computer with nude photos of anyone under 18 stored on it could be charged with possession. If the photos go to someone in another state which can happen really easily , there could be federal felony charges.
Parents, talk with your kids about sexting in a relaxed setting. Ask them what they know about it. Express how you feel in a conversational, non-confrontational way. For one thing, help them think about what it might feel like to have intimate photos of themselves forwarded to any of peers by someone they thought they liked or trusted.
A two-way dialog can go a long way toward helping your kids understand how to minimize legal, social and reputation risks. The bottom line for everybody : Stay alert when using digital media. Critical thinking about what we as well as download is solid prevention, and prevention in this case is the best protection by far. Please contact admin connectsafely. ConnectSafely is a nonprofit dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Tips for Dealing with Teen Sexting Mar 27, Share this About The Author. ConnectSafely ConnectSafely is a nonprofit dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security.
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6 Things Every Teen Needs to Know About Sexting