Sexting Is Just the Beginning
Written by on July 9, 2019
The teen fad of texting if it is only a fad has been proven to be deadly. As I’ve written before, “Let’s face it, as any parent or teacher knows, teenagers could be a delight, and so they may be horror. It all has the territory, the maturation process, as teens test the limits, hit the envelopes, as well drive parents to drink and distraction.” In the natural lack of theirs of discretion, people which are young have all too often exceeded those limitations and brought embarrassing and sometimes much worse unintended consequences on themselves.
Among the earliest testimonials to the deadliness of young adults posting nude or partially nude images of themselves on the internet was the 2008 situation of pretty, vivacious Jessica Logan of Cincinnati, Ohio. At the tender age of 18, Jessica hanged herself in the bedroom of her after a boyfriend circulated one single compromising and revealing picture she’d sent for the eyes of his only. She was recognized “a slut, porn queen, whore” by various girls and humiliated to her death.
No matter the blatant hypocrisy of Jessica’s former friends who might perfectly have sexted and of her ethically-challenged former beau, estimates of a several years ago were that anywhere from twenty two % to 50 % of young adults have inappropriate photos on the cell phones of theirs, that 39 % of adolescents have sexted, in addition to that forty eight % admit to getting sexts. “Inappropriate,” of course, is in the eyes of the beholder as well as many teen beholders aren’t able to distinguish the difference between what’s licentious and what is appropriate often to their dismay, as well as situations of prosecution as purveyors of child porn.
See previous articles on sexting on this particular internet site, including “Teen Texting, Sexting, and Suicide.” ParentDish.com, in an article titled, “Sexting as well as your Kids,” updated the sexting picture with info that is new on the consequences of sexting founded on surveys from CosmoGirl, what teens read, and also the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, that they don’t. Based on that update, including sexting estimates somewhat lower than the above figures, “22 % of young adults admit that technology makes them individually more into the future and aggressive, 38 % say exchanging attractive content makes dating or even hooking up with others very likely, and 29 % of teenagers feel those exchanging sexy written content are’ expected’ to date or hook up.”
If true, sexting has blossomed from a foolish but relatively innocuous activity innocuous except for Jessica Logan-into a medium facilitating and encouraging teenage sexual intercourse. adult chat did not need any such encouragement or perhaps facilitation although parents who believed their young children had been only being stupid by sexting and who had been simply becoming a member of the crowd have some other thing coming.
ParentDish’s advice for parents is not awfully original but is nonetheless well worth repeating:
Don’t hang on for an incident to eventually the child of yours or your kid’s friend before you talk about the repercussions of sexting.
Remind your young children that when a picture is sent, it can never ever be retrieved and they will lose control of it.
Talk about pressures to post revealing photos. Let teens know that you understand how they can be pushed or even dared into sending one thing.
Teach the kids of yours that the buck stops with them. If a person sends them a photo, they need to delete it instantly.
Depending on the kid and his or even the relationship of her with the parent(s), those words of wisdom may be met with casual indifference or perhaps by active aggression, or they will serve as a wake up call to young children that they might pay for the remainder of their lives for being overly favorable. On the flip side, hearing that a beautiful photo or two could get them a hook up, some teens will race to the bedrooms of theirs with cell phone in hand, making the parent(s) to wonder what they’ve wrought. Life and rearing teenagers are a crapshoot.