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I AM in Control.org Iowa Adolescents Making Choices to Control Their Future Teen:Health, Relationship, Body and Sexuality
Jul 25

Sending nudes is kinda rude!

Posted By iamincontrol | July 25, 2017

Have you ever had a huge crush on someone? Nowadays, relationships start and end through text. Imagine texting your bae, and suddenly, you get a text that says “Send nudes.” What do you do?? Here is everything you need to know about sexting!

What is sexting?

“Sexting” refers to sharing nude or semi-nude photos on a cell phone. You can share them on other devices and on the Internet too. Teens and adults sext as a way of flirting or showing affection to someone they are interested in. Some teens think sexting is a form of “safe sex” because there is no risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases. But some people do it impulsively if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Others do it if they are being bullied or forced to send photos because of peer pressure.

What are the consequences?

The consequences of sexting can range from nothing at all to extremely serious. Even if you trust the person you are sending nude photos to, they can share those photos or use them against you. This can happen after you break up or if you upset them.

Photos are easy to copy and paste and spread to other people. This can lead to bullying, social isolation (where people stop hanging out with you), shaming, fear, and depression. If you are under 18, DO NOT share nude photos. These photos are actually considered child pornography. If the person looking at your photos is an adult, he or she can face criminal prosecution and be placed on the sex offender list. You can face the same consequences too!

So be safe when you are messaging other people! Don’t share photos you wouldn’t want your parents to see. There are plenty of ways to flirt and show affection. Sexting doesn’t have to be one of them.

To learn more, visit: http://www.connectsafely.org/tips-for-dealing-with-teen-sexting/