Oh teens, apparently you won’t learn that sexting and sending naked photos is a no-no until those pictures are shown to the world.
Researchers at Texas Medical Branch found that more than half of teens have been asked to send a nude photo of themselves to someone. If you think that’s bad – 31 percent of teens had requested a naked picture to be sent to them.
Sexting and Sending Naked Photos is it Generational?
Surprised? These stats make me feel old. While I am a early digital native, the idea of posting naked photos URKS me. Maybe because I know the what exactly could easily happen to those photos – they live on forever!
Do these teens just think that after a photo is taken and sent that it’s viewed by 1 single person and then vanishes into the digital universe like yesterday’s trash? Not quite. There are countless stories of how teens innocently shared photos and the pictures end up shared with anyone and everyone. And for the love of all good in this universe, I hope they don’t look up to Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian.
How Will You Talk To Your Kids About Sexting?
While I don’t have teenagers yet, I do think it’s so important to keep an open line of communication with your kids about topics such as this. Include the topic of sexting in conversations with your kids – make sure to explain what a digital footprint is and what can happen to those naked photos.
What Are Your Thoughts?