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Texting

Sexting

" “Sexting” is a term used to describe the sending of sexually explicit text or picture messages of minors by minors. What most young people do not realize is that the production, possession, and distribution of explicit photos of minors, even if they are self-produced, may be illegal. Furthermore, if these explicit photos end up on the Internet, [you] risk embarrassment and could jeopardize scholastic, athletic, and employment opportunities." (Netsmartz, 2010)

"Think About the Consequences of taking, sending, or forwarding a sexual picture of someone underage, even if it's of you. You could get kicked off of sports teams, face humiliation, lose educational opportunities, and even get in trouble with the law.

Never Take images of yourself that you wouldn't want everyone - your classmates, your teachers, your family, or your employers - to see.

Before Hitting Send remember that you can't control where this image may travel. What you send to a boyfriend or girlfriend could easily end up with their friends, and their friends, and their friends ...

If You Forward a sexual picture of someone underage, you are responsible for this image as the original sender. You could face child pornography charfes, go to jail, and have to register as a sex offender.

Report any nude pictures you receive on your cell ohone to an adult you trust. Do not delete the message. Instead, get your parents or guardians, teachers, and school counselors involved immediately. " (NetSmartz, 2010).

Teen Resources

Use Text Thoughtfully

  • Texting rumors of violence, lockdowns, disasters can cause panic and chaos. Don't do it! It could endanger your people in your community.
  • Making and sending videos of fights causes more fights to occur.