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The Dark Side Of Sexting

November 13, 2012 at 12:34 PM

amanda toddThe trend to send sexually explicit text messages and photos (also known as sexting) is something that is seen as harmless by many upon first consideration. In fact, many who read this may have engaged in this type of activity themselves at some point. However, there are some things that those who engage in sexting, are considering doing so, or are the parents of someone who falls into the first two categories should consider. 

The Cavalier Daily, the newspaper covering stories impacting the University of Virginia community highlighted the recent suicide of a 15 year old girl after she was caught up in some sexting activities.

Amanda Todd learned of the permanency of sending nude images when she discovered her topless photo circulating the Internet and social networking sites. Her classmates teased and tormented her and she was humiliated, which she confessed in the YouTube video that she made prior to her death. Sexting can lead to many problems, especially if the images end up in the wrong hands.

New Call-to-Action This tragic story is not common in the way that it ended by any means, but it is fair to say that a great number of young adults are at least teased for their sexting behaviors. This is likely an unfortunate side effect of the very fluid romantic relationships that many face at that age. If a relationship fails at that age, those involved in it may feel the need to get revenge. This often includes posting private messages and photos on the Internet. 

There are plenty of people who can engage in sexting activities without having an negative outcomes, but those potential outcomes are something worth considering. Sending overly intimate messages or pictures to anyone can be a high stakes gamble. In many cases it is best to avoid this type of activity at all. 

Tim Woda

Written by Tim Woda

Tim Woda is an Internet safety expert, and a passionate advocate for empowering families and protecting children from today’s scariest digital dangers. Woda was on the founding team of buySAFE, an Internet trust and safety company, and he started working on child safety issues after his son was targeted by a child predator online. While his son was unharmed, the incident led Woda to kick-start uKnow.com. You can follow Tim on Twitter or on his blog.

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