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Talking to teens about sexting

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Why do they do it? To show off, to entice someone, to show interest in someone, Talking to teens about sexting to prove commitment. Or even as a joke. Teens' developing interest in sex, an impulse to experiment, and apps that make sexting easy -- and acceptable -- create an environment that some teens find irresistible.

Sending these pictures or messages is problematic enough, but the real challenge comes when this content is shared broadly. As far too many teens have found out, the recipient of these messages is in possession of a highly compromising image or message that can be easily posted on a social networking site or sent to others via email or text. In the hands of teens, when revealing photos are made public, the sexter almost always ends up feeling humiliated. Furthermore, sending sexual images to minors is against the law, and some states have begun prosecuting kids for child pornography or felony obscenity.

There have been some high profile cases of sexting. Fortunately, networks with large teen audiences -- MTV, for example -- are using their platforms to warn teens against the dangers of sexting.

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How to discuss the consequences. Remind your kids that once an image is sent, it can never be retrieved -- and they will lose Talking to teens about sexting of it.

Ask teens how they would feel if their teachers, parents, or the entire school saw the picture, because that happens all the time. Talk about pressures to send revealing photos.

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A study by Michigan State University found that many teens are sexually harassed online by their peers. Let teens know that you understand how they can be pushed or dared into sending something.

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Tell them that no matter how big the social pressure is, the potential social humiliation can be hundreds of times worse. Teach your children that the buck stops with them. If Talking to teens about sexting sends them a photo, they should delete it immediately. Safe Chat Rooms and Social Sites for Social Networking for Teens.

Add comment Sign in or sign up to share your thoughts. Comments 8 Thank you for sharing this article. Another resource for us parents.

Sexting has a negative impact on kids and teens. Parents need to reach out to their kids to talk about its emotional and legal consequences. However, these can spread online, which may lead to damaging their reputation.

If the photo or video is sexually suggestive, this could lead to sexting that would haunt them for the rest of their lives.

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