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Thursday, November 15, 2012

5 (NEW) Things You Should Know About Sexting

Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones. The word itself is a mash-up of the two words sex and texting. Sexting is nothing new to the digital world and has been around since 2005. As time goes on, sexting is still a serious issue amongst teens, pre-teens, and even adults for numerous reasons. What may initially start off as an "innocent" message to ones beloved Romeo or Juliet, it can quickly become a mistake with everlasting consequences at the touch of a button.
"Students who sext often feel victimized if their images are forwarded without their consent. When this happens, they fear that othersespecially adultswill overreact and not be able to help. Students should know they can turn to their school counselors as a resource, as someone they can trust, and as someone who will listen and find them the assistance and support they need.” -Jill Cook, Assistant Director, American School, Counselor Association
Here are 5 things you should know about sexting.
  1. One recent study found that teens who are sexting are more likely to be having risky sex. Experts say this means sexting education needs to include safe sex discussions.
  2. Students can actually be disciplined at school if they are caught sexting. This KY school just suspended 16 students for nude photos found on their phones.
  3. Some people worry that smartphone technology is enabling teen sexting. An app called Snapchat was scrutinized earlier this year for its potential use in sending provocative photos.
  4. Just this year, 13 states introduced bills on sexting. Is your state on the list?
  5. Both teens and parents need to learn about sexting and its consequences. Use the newly updated Sexting Q & A for Parents and Tips to Prevent Sexting for Teens from NetSmartz to start the conversation.

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