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Do You Talk To Your Kids About Sexting?

Powerful Anti-Sexting Ad Is a Great Way to Start the Conversation With Your Kids (VIDEO)

by Lindsay Mannering

teen sextingThere's no such thing as sending "just one photo", and unfortunately, more and more teens are learning that the hard way. One topless photo sent to a caring high school boyfriend can easily be forwarded thousands of times in a matter of hours. Suddenly, that risque picture you thought you'd text has turned into a living nightmare. If there's anything to be more wary of than hormonal teenagers, it's hormonal teenagers with smartphones.

As parents, how can you get the point across that there's no such thing as just one photo? A new sexting ad demonstrates how it can ruin a teenager's life, and the short video could be an important first step in starting the conversation with your teen, or god only knows, tween, about the dangers of sexting.

Helping our kids understand that there are scary and unfortunate consequences when sharing photos online or over text is becoming a priority. Sometimes it's easy to forget that the person in the photo, especially if you don't know them, is actually a sentient being. Just look at the Steubenville rape case -- the photos of Jane Doe were circulated and re-posted without much hesitation, if any.

But the more our kids understand that one poor decision, be it sending a sext or forwarding one that was sent to you, can really affect their lives, or their peers' lives, the better.

Do you and how do you talk to your kids about the perils of sexting?

by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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by Grumpy on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:31 PM

I appreciate the information.  The phones have a "tattle tail" on it that sends me a text for anything downloaded, app installed, and stuff like that.  As far as picture, even the pictures they take in a chat and then don't save are sent to a place online for me to view. 

Quoting juno1:

Snapchat is a new way kids ( and others) are texting.  They set up the parameters within snapchat for the text/picture to disappear - usually after 1-10 seconds.  For example, if I have snapchat I can send something racy, set to self destruct after a certain number of wil be received like a normal text/picture and then 2 seconds later.. poof, it simply evaporates.   The company that offers it describes it as something to share those fleeting moments...yup...right...  According to my is all about sexting.  With snapchat they can send things that they normally wouldn't because it evaporates and "can't be tracked by mom or dad".  Thing is, they also think that because it disappears it alleviates the problem of forwarding/saving pics/messages.  In fact, if someone is quick enough they can even take a screen shot of a snapchat.  So..if they have snapchat, pictures and messages are not stored anywhere.  You won't see them no matter how hard you search....  see what I mean?  

Just realized, it sounds like I am talking about my kids using it.... they aren't.  I am using 'they' for whomever is using it...:)

Quoting fantasticfour:

What is snapchat? Any picture taken by the camera on the phone is stored only, even if they don't save it on the phone.
Quoting juno1:

Here's the thing.... If she (or he) has snapchat you will never find the picture.  Make sure she isn't using snapchat...and then check the phone for pictures..  

Quoting fantasticfour:

 I've talked to them and they are aware that if I find one picture on their phone that is innapropriate then their phone is gone.  Forever.  And ever.  I did find a picture of a girl in a bra on one of my daughter's phones with the caption does this bra fit me?  I called the girl's mother and made my daughter delete the photo.  It was a legit question, she was in a fitting room and didn't know if it was fititng right but her mom took care of it.



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