The Scope of Sexting
Sexting, a combination of ‘sex’ and ‘texting,’ has exploded onto the scene in the recent years.
It refers to sending nude or sexually-suggestive images, videos or text through electronic means. Cell phones have been the main vehicle, but computers and webcams are also often used. Since the inception of the iPhone in 2007 and the ease of access to phone cameras and the internet, sexting has taken on a whole new dimension.
Statistics are difficult to get a true number on, but some agencies believe that up to 31% of teens have received a sext at some point in their lives. We’ve heard reports of kids as young as 9 sending nude images to 11 year olds. The reality is that most kids will hear about sexting at some point, some earlier than others, and it is a problem that needs to be addressed if it’s going to get any better.
Sexting becomes really dangerous, because once photos are in a digital format on a phone or on the internet then there is no stopping them from being spread far and wide. Often times a nude photo will get passed around a locker room or even go around a whole school and once its gone, there is no use in try to retrieve it.
Just a few years ago, a young girl named Jesse Logan took a nude photo of herself and sent it to her boyfriend. When they broke up, he sent the photos out to 7 schools. She was taunted, harassed and bullied non-stop before she finally committed suicide by hanging herself in her closet.
Before this trend can get any worse, action must be taken to keep teens from sexting one another. Thankfully, in the state of Texas, schools are required by Senate Bill 407 to provide awareness about this issue.
What are some other ways that this issue could be addressed so that kids don’t end up ruining their lives?