Published On: Wed, Aug 6th, 2014

Youth Sexting

youth sextingBatting eyelashes, cracking a smile, blushing, are all old-fashioned flirting methods defunct with the existing power of technology, and the enormous stream of messages and selfies as a common activity among teens unaware of the consequences and risks behind it.

When teens get involved in sending and receiving sexually explicit pictures through mobile phones or in cyberspace, they are into “Sexting”, a dangerous and alarming trend.

Once digital images are sent, they leave a digital foot print that cannot be taken back, and there is no guarantee that it will remain private, once it becomes public and available for anyone to see, it will ruin reputation, and will cause emotional and psychological problems.

The main catch here is that teens feel like they are invincible even though they may know that Sexting is wrong, they don’t think they are going to get caught, and by saying “everyone is doing it”, it doesn’t mean it’s safe, on the contrary Sexting has many ramifications including law enforcement.

Governments and companies worldwide are recognizing that Sexting is a dangerous issue, a Canadian police sex crime unit introduced “Send this instead” free app (by Joseph Versace), to snub requests for naked pictures online, through humorous posters under the slogan “when NO doesn’t get into their head, send this instead”, it will be available around the world mid august 2014, for I phone and I pad.

Another anti Sexting free app is “Zipit” by childline; it includes silly memes and funny responses to sex solicitations, and offers advice on chatting safely, available for Android, Apple and BB Smartphone.

Eye guardian app alerts parents each time an explicit or abusive content is delivered on their child’s FB account, it protects from having suspicious friends and from cyber bullying.

Many countries issued youth Sexting legislation mostly under child pornography law, Curacao criminal law, states in one of its articles, that it’s an offense to use a computer system or other electronic means to communicate with a minor under 16, proposing a meeting with intent to commit lewd or sexual acts, or to take or manufacture any sexual images, its penalty goes up to 2 years imprisonment or a relevant fine according to the same law.

It is crucial to educate teens on the dangers associated with Sexting, it shouldn’t get swept under the rug, parents need to be very supportive, understanding, they must set up controls on their first child mobile, monitor its use, provide reasonable explanations to all questions, and they should be aware of all their children social media activities, and to provide proper guidance and care so children can come forward and ask for help whenever it is needed.

© Reinshe 2014

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