Surveys show that 39% of all teenagers either send or post sexually suggestive messages and 20% of all teenagers have sent or posted nude pics or videos of themselves. Sexting, is sending sexually explicit or nude pictures to someone. Although they are sending explicit pictures, this is increasingly becoming a hobby for teens.
Today teens are coming together on one basis and that is sexting. According to a survey done by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a little over half of teen girls say they sext because of peer pressure from guys, and less than a fifth of teen guys blamed teen girls.Although some may not see sexting as a big issue, it can sometimes lead to a tragic outcome or death.
Logan, a 18 yr old girl living in Cincinnati, sexted her
boyfriend a few "harmless" pictures and when they broke up,
he forwarded them to the girls in his phone. When Jessica's pictures
made their way around the school, everyone began calling her vicious
names and taunting her endlessly. She became very depressed and even
scared to attend school, so she committed suicide by hanging herself
in her room.
Logan's case is an extreme case. Not many teens have committed suicide because of sexting, so when her case came along it was very shocking.
When caught receiving or sending out "sexts" charges can be made. Some of the charges may be distributing child pornography, solicitation etc. These are really serious charges and if charged with a felony some teens have to register as sex offenders.We may say sexting has nothing to do with child pornography, but in reality it does. While under the age of 18 we are considered minors, and sending or posting nude pics of ourselves or other minors is called distributing child pornography. Although we are breaking a law we fail to realize how serious the matter is.
Others may say, the authorities have nothing to do with it, it is up to the parents to discipline us. The only reason the authorities get involved is because we are minors and it is illegal to produce child porn (under age sexting).
as teens are naive about the safety of our pictures. Sexting under
the age of 18 is a serious issue and it is illegal! There are other
ways for us to have fun without breaking laws. We should take this
issue more seriously as youth and should help spread the word and
dangers of sexting. This issue should be taken more seriously among
youth, and teens should help spread the risk and educate others on
sexting in our community.
- Abrille Dodd