This is a harmless photo of a teen in shorts with her legs open, but she is fully clothed. Would it surprise you to know that between 20 – 30 percent of teenagers with cell phones admit to sending nude photos of themselves to at least one person?
Nearly half of teens say that they have received at least one sexting message whether they expected it or not.
An adult who sends provocative or nude images of him/her self to a minor is a crime. An adult who sends or receives naked images of minors has committed a crime. It is considered child pornography and these crimes are felonies. The people caught doing this type of activity are prosecuted and if convicted added to the sex offender registry.
For teenagers it is much the same although in some cases a teen’s minor status can be waived and they can be judged as an adult. This could mean real jail time.
We really need to teach our children to respect themselves and others as well. There is nothing wrong with being modest and nothing wrong at all with waiting until marriage to reveal yourself to your spouse as the treasure you are. April waited and she made me wait too (of course). Someone who respects themself, their privacy and their body might not be so quick to undress for the camera.
Electronic images have an eternal shelf life. The images you take today might be on the internet a hundred years from now. Google indexes millions of pages and if you know of a site no longer on the internet, you can pay Google to research it and find those pages for you (at a cost), but my point is; if it was posted twenty years ago it is still somewhere out there. Images uploaded today will be there when your children are applying and not getting those jobs they want. Webcams, digital cameras or cell phone cameras. Vanessa Hudgens, Pamela Anderson, Britney Spears all found out the hard way that what is done in private doesn’t always stay private.
It might seem cool at the time but relationships don’t always last forever. Spiteful and bitter ex boyfriends or girlfriends can and will get back at you by texting or emailing those very same nude images to anyone on the planet.
One girl committed suicide after her ex sext the entire student body of their high school the nude images he had of her.
Technology carries with it the ease of being provocative or naughty if you want to. What goes on between consenting adults I suppose is their business. What our children are doing might wind up being everybody’s if everyone who has a stake (parents), don’t do something about it now. Have you talked to your kids about drugs, drinking, or anything yet? This is a good place to start if you haven’t already.
Check the cell phone’s history. Check deleted computer files. Do whatever you have to to protect your children, even from themselves. Time is of the utmost. Here is the latest in sexting jargon.
As always, this is just my opinion. What do you think? Whether you have children or not. Whether you are a teenager or an adult. I’m eager to hear.