Sexting: Know the Facts MAG

September 15, 2009
By Katie Bachman BRONZE, Auburn, New York
Katie Bachman BRONZE, Auburn, New York
1 article 0 photos 0 comments

High-tech has created a new low. The term “sexting” is a combination of the words sex and texting, and refers to the practice of sending sexually ­explicit photos electronically, mainly by cell phone. The incidents of sexting have dramatically increased in the past few years; 20 percent of teens said they had sent a sexting message, according to a 2008 study commissioned by the National ­Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Cosmogirl.com. Though many in our generation are taking part, few understand the serious consequences of this irresponsible fad.

Recent advances in technology have revolutionized the way we interact socially. Cell phones and e-mail have changed the way we communicate but have led to dangerous and ­destructive behavior. While some teens may think sexting is fun or harmless, this new craze can have devastating consequences. When a photo or video is sent to another person, privacy is lost forever. The content can be broadcast to anyone. The original sender has no control once he or she presses “send.”

The consequences of sexting can be ­severe, ranging from embarrassment to ­imprisonment or worse. Explicit photos or videos forwarded from person to person can cause embarrassment for the original sender. Many teens don’t realize that once they hit “send,” control of who else sees that compromising photo is now completely up to the recipient. You may think you know your friend, boyfriend, or girlfriend, but can you trust them forever?

Many young people who thought sexting was a harmless game ended up having their lives destroyed. In one tragic incident, Jesse Logan, an 18-year-old from Ohio, was mercilessly humiliated after explicit photos she had sexted to a boyfriend ended up circulating among her peers. She eventually killed herself.

Imagine being convicted of the crime of child pornography and serving five year’s probation. You are rejected by colleges, lose your friends, and have to move because your home is too close to a school. You’re unable to get a job, and you have to register as a sex ­offender until you are 43. That’s exactly what happened to Phillip Alpert, a Florida 18-year-old. He ruined his life by circulating nude pictures of his girlfriend (which she had sent him), by texting them to his friends, her friends, and her family. The legal problem: she was only 16 and a minor; distributing explicit photos of a minor constitutes child pornography. The real problem: like many teenagers, he did not understand the long-term consequences of his actions.

Sexting may seem like harmless fun, but teens should think twice before hitting the “send” button. There is no turning back once a message is sent.



Similar Articles

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

This article has 185 comments.


on Feb. 20 2011 at 8:52 pm
xJuneBugx BRONZE, Plymouth, Massachusetts
1 article 0 photos 14 comments

1. i have a feeling your only doing this for a response, but its not funny.

2. it may have "improved your life", but it certainly hasn't improved your grammar..

3. what if your family saw it? everyone would lose respect for you.


Browniskeez said...
on Feb. 16 2011 at 11:36 am
Sexting is the most beautifulist things in the world, its sooo cool, and its improven my life and now,  my friends actually like me

chrisshane10 said...
on Feb. 9 2011 at 2:57 pm
that is so true nude pics of u is like a weapon 4 the recipiant they can use wen they want and u can,t prevent that from happening

manny300 said...
on Feb. 9 2011 at 2:57 pm
this thing is bad we will hope this sexting will not spread and embarras sombody with their body.we have to tell them to stop.

crazychic47 said...
on Feb. 9 2011 at 12:14 pm
people that live in the world these days can't belive people really do that!!! SHAME

on Feb. 7 2011 at 7:23 pm
ZalphaNeko GOLD, Plantation, Florida
17 articles 5 photos 16 comments
Well, at my school every year we have two assemblies about sexting and how it is a fellany. I know way too much about it even though I've never done it and I don't know anyone whose ever done it. I'm glad we have those assemblies though because they have probably prevented people from making those same stupid decisions. I mean, these sort of things lead to suicide. It's good for someone to speak out.

on Feb. 7 2011 at 5:26 pm
SamsPhotography, Panama City, Florida
0 articles 0 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, listens but doesnt believe, and leaves before she is left. –Marilyn Monroe

Exactly. Is it really worth it? I know it's "your decision" and "your own choice"..but seriously, think about what your doing before you press send. It could keep you from making a huge mistake.

on Feb. 7 2011 at 12:50 pm
emoducks BRONZE, Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
1 article 0 photos 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life will only be amazing if you make it that way."
-Me (:

It's kinda gross that people would actually want to do this!  I mean if they want to do it, that's fine, but if you get something like that, just delete it! Don't send it to everyone you know....

on Feb. 7 2011 at 11:08 am
HisPurePrincess ELITE, Flemington, New Jersey
132 articles 33 photos 483 comments
wow.  that's just creepy.  i didn't even know this existed.  why do people do this?  it's just messed up.

on Feb. 3 2011 at 12:03 pm
hahaha . imight six nine her , jus like my aim !

on Feb. 3 2011 at 11:03 am
I agree with you. People should not expose themselves because once an ex gets mad they can show the whole world if they wanted to.

on Jan. 12 2011 at 2:31 pm
Dragonscribe BRONZE, West Lafayette, Indiana
4 articles 0 photos 303 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A Person's a Person no Matter how Small"
and
"A Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet"
and
"God helps those who help themselves"

And that was responding to a different comment that Erin wrote but it got mixed up - so sorry DifferentTeen because the above responce probably doesn't make sense to you at all.

on Jan. 12 2011 at 2:28 pm
Dragonscribe BRONZE, West Lafayette, Indiana
4 articles 0 photos 303 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A Person's a Person no Matter how Small"
and
"A Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet"
and
"God helps those who help themselves"

I ain't not perfect, even when I'm right! : )   : )

on Jan. 11 2011 at 2:55 pm
DifferentTeen PLATINUM, Seaford, Delaware
32 articles 2 photos 332 comments

Favorite Quote:
"There’s no such thing as true love, just spurts of insanity—falling over and over again, thinking that won’t happen to me"

I've never been able to see sexting as a good thing. But thats because I don't like my body. You are probably confident in yourself right? Thats a good thing. And if you want to send nude pictures of yourself to your boyfriends, well that is your choice. But if you and your boyfriend are that intimate, why not just do it in front of each other? I'd find that more pleasurable. (:

on Jan. 11 2011 at 2:47 pm
DifferentTeen PLATINUM, Seaford, Delaware
32 articles 2 photos 332 comments

Favorite Quote:
"There’s no such thing as true love, just spurts of insanity—falling over and over again, thinking that won’t happen to me"

Its a big deal because it ruins your life. And if everyone sees a girl naked on some kids phone, they'll think things about her. Like how easy for guys to get her she probably is. Truth is, it may be your life but until you're 18, you're gonna get peopole that tell you how to live your life. And sometimes even when you're older than 18. And those people have some good advice, you should listen if you want to grow up to have a good home, job, and a family. That just my unwanted opinion.

nspellman said...
on Jan. 10 2011 at 10:25 am
nspellman, Newark, New Jersey
0 articles 0 photos 2 comments
that's ridiculous. that only shows that he doesn't really care for her or them. that's a complete discrace to them. and as a young man he should be ashamed of his self.

nspellman said...
on Jan. 10 2011 at 10:23 am
nspellman, Newark, New Jersey
0 articles 0 photos 2 comments
this is very serious to me and i think everyone should take it seriously as well.

on Jan. 6 2011 at 5:46 pm
xTheKillerDollx SILVER, Wood Dale, Illinois
6 articles 0 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
Tiffany: Well i'm not getting pregnant again. My mother always said once is a blessing, twice is a curse.
Chucky: Well that would explain your sister...
-Seed of Chucky-

its really a big issue i think. a lot of guys at my school ask there girlfriends to do this and SOME, not ALL, actually send the stuff. in my opinion, if a boyfriend asks to do that, i personally wouldnt but its your choice. and my school actually had a huge meeting because they found out the girlfriends would after sometimes put the pics on there facebook. to me this needs to be adressed more.

steffybug912 said...
on Jan. 5 2011 at 7:07 pm
Yes, did this when i was 11, here i am 14 under investigation with the FBI and child services. it is a fellony , IF your under the age of 18. This is call distribution of child pornography .

steffybug912 said...
on Jan. 5 2011 at 7:03 pm
Noone should be doing this ! it most certainly is a big deal, if your under the age of 18 , its considered distribution of child pornagraphy . its not JUST a "pic" its your body saved on a digital advise that can be hacked. Did you know IF your blue tuth happens to be on anyone can connect to it, therefore ANYONE can see your personal places.


SciArc

MacMillan Books

Aspiring Writer? Take Our Online Course!