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Sexting and Its Ambiguous Consequences

by CHWatch on June 9, 2011

Cell phones have brought many conveniences to users. They can store hundreds of numbers inside so you don’t have to memorize them and they can be bought in any condition. Many people choose to buy refurbished cell phones that suit their budget. But the most popular feature that most teenagers want from their cell phone plan is unlimited texting.

Texting is similar to email, only no one wants to type out an entire email on a little keyboard. No, texting is different. It includes its own shorthand language for quick notes to friends and family to find out what is going on in their lives. But with the newest feature of sending files, including pictures, texting has become something more than just quick messages.

The term ‘sexting’ was coined in 2005 to describe a form of communication between two individuals (usually), in which one individual takes nude pictures of him/her-self or writes sexual texts and sends them to another. In cases of sexting, the sender is either flirting or harassing the receiver.

This can be a major problem if the one who is sexting is actually pulling random numbers and your child happens to be the unlucky receiver of the sext message.

Unfortunately the only way to stop these messages from being received is to discontinue your texting service, which your children are not going to like. What parents need to realize is that they have more influence on their children than they know. It is best for them to talk to their children about issues such as these and make sure that they understand what is appropriate and what is not. It is also important that they talk about the consequences of these actions.

As of now, sexting is a serious crime that can lead to jail time or being branded as a sex offender. Depending on the actual intent on the sext message, these two consequences seem a little excessive, however many individuals have been brutally harassed on account of a sext message. In the case of Jesse Logan, she committed suicide because her ex sent ‘racy’ photos of her to many students at their school who harassed her after the fact.

This case could also be seen as a case of bullying or intimidation. Even if the young man was hurt by their recent break-up, it doesn’t excuse his reaction to the situation. But, if he understood, or thought about what he was actually doing before he did it, he probably would have decided against it.

I am not pointing a finger at parents either. The problem is that no one knows how to deal with this form of harassment. It will be a while before there are any helpful tools to fight against sexting. For now all we can do is stay informed and inform our children and hope that they don’t decide to do it.

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