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Six Things You Need To Know About Sexting

Submitted by solomon on Thu, 11/09/2017 - 16:13
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What is sexting?

Sexting is when you send a risque text, exposing/nude photo or anything sexually explicit to someone.

Who normally sexts?

It is estimated 70% of teenagers sext their boyfriend or girlfriend. This may be because they feel pressured that their significant other might leave them, or they will love them even more if they send a nude or an explicit text.

22% of girls have sent an explicit photo to another person compared to 18% of boys

Where does sexting happen?

Sexting happens anywhere, on social media, on the internet, and in messages.

Sexting is a dangerous issue which has been around since about 2005 and is still an ongoing issue.

Why is sexting risky?

Sexting is risky because you’re exposing yourself, and if you expose yourself you never know what might happen. It could lead to much more dangerous things, such as your photos being leaked elsewhere, or your mental health and self-esteem being hurt by a negative reaction to the photos.

Why is sexting wrong?

Sexting is wrong because it can get you in very serious trouble with the police, depending on your age. If for example you are under 16, and you send a sext, it is illegal. If you send a sext under 18, despite being able to legally have sex, it is still illegal. It is also illegal to pass on any nudes you might have received from others. If you are older than 18, then you are free to send and do what you like, but at your own risk.

Sexting is more wrong than you might think, don’t be the one to risk your future for something that is very easy to stop.

By Mariam