Teens are completely attached to their phones these days right?! Have you as a parent ever been worried about what exactly they are doing on their phones, but you also don’t want to be the overprotective, nosy parent either and read all of their text messages? Well, unfortunately teens are also getting into things like sex and love with their boyfriends and girlfriends at school a lot earlier than they used to back in the day.
A really common way that teens express their “love, ” and sexuality is through sexting. If you are unsure of what sexting is, it is “sex texting.” This is where the two people talk sexually to one another as well as sending photos of their genitals and bodies to the other person. This is an extremely dangerous activity for a person of any age, but especially teens. Teens tend to be a little gullible of what is appropriate to be sending to one another and often times do not understand the true meaning of love. Today I wanted to share with you the dangers of sexting that you should share with your teens and will hopefully prevent them from doing this.
First off, teenagers have constant raging hormones, and they are just wanting to get that sexual experience that they are longing for, both boys and girls. A lot of time teens are not being truthful when they say, “send me a pic, I won’t show it to anyone.” Trust me, they are probably showing it off to at least one person. Not to mention, high school relationships are extremely uneasy, and you may be really in love one day, and broken up hating each other the next, if you’ve sent that person, nude photos who’s to say that they will not send those photos to everyone or possibly even post them to social media because they are upset with them.
Next, once your teen hits that send button, there is no getting that back. That photo is now out there forever for that person to have and even pass on to others. If they do choose to post this picture to the internet, it is out there forever. Even if the photo is removed from where it was originally posted, chances are someone else grabbed it and shared it somewhere else. With that being said, these things getting out can be truly dangerous and really ruin a person’s reputation for a long, long time.
There are just so many risks to sharing nude photos or even talking sexually with someone through the phone, social media, or email. Make sure that you encourage your teens not to do this, all that could possibly come from it will be danger and bad decisions.