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Students: The Danger of Sexting

Updated: Tue 17 Oct 2017   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Sharing pictures with your friends is a natural part of any relationship. It's important however that you are doing so safely, responsibly, and appropriately. Exchanging explicit (nude) or sexual images is called Sexting. It's uncool, it's illegal, it's dangerous. It can get you into serious trouble with your parents, your school, and the police.

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Follow these basic rules to keep yourself safe.

Never take an explicit picture of yourself, or send one of yourself - or someone else - to another person. You never know where it could end up or what kind of trouble you could find yourself in. Try to imagine what it would be like if that image was seen by your friends, family, teachers, or even your whole school.

Delete any explicit images sent to you. Even having these images on your phone could land you in a heap of trouble. If you receive any explicit images, report them immediately to an adult you trust, such as your parents, teacher or other family member. You will not be in trouble for an explicit image that someone else has sent, but you might be if you don't report it to someone.

Do not distribute explicit images. If someone sends you an explicit image of themselves or someone else, do not pass it on to anyone else. Try to think about how you would feel if someone sent similar pictures of you to someone else that you didn't know or wouldn't want to see.

Ignore or flat-out reject any requests from others for inappropriate images. It's just not worth it, no matter how much you like the other person - even if you think you can trust them. The risk is too high. if they really care about you, they will understand.

Block anybody who makes you uncomfortable with how they talk to you, or what they send to you, and report it.

If your friend asks you to send them explicit pictures of you, distract them. Engage them in a conversation about something else, or direct them to that cool Youtube video you just saw, or that app you think they would like. If they are persistent, then report it to an adult you can trust - such as parents, family member or a teacher. They will be able to help you.

Don't support sexting! You don't want people to like you just because of your body. You want people to like you because of your mind (you like they same stuff they do) and because of your heart (kind, generous, funny, friendly and so on). Giving in and sending explicit images of yourself just feeds their appetite for more, and devalues you. Don't do it!

Sexting is not love! It does not make a healthy or romantic relationship. It might seem like fun, but remember that these images could be seen by a wider audience, including your parents, teachers or police. Sexting does not make somebody love you. People fall in love by hanging out with each other, and getting to know each other over time, not by looking at explicit images of each other.

Send images, but not explicit images. It's fine to send your friend a picture, just make sure it's one that you would be happy for your whole school to see.

If you receive an explicit image of someone you know, tell that person that their images are being circulated. Encourage them to report it to someone who can help them, or go with them to speak to a teacher or other trusted adult. If you are concerned about the well-being of the person, inform an adult you trust. Whether they are a friend or not, they may need help.

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