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Sexting: Know the Facts MAG

September 15, 2009
By Katie Bachman BRONZE, Auburn, New York
Katie Bachman BRONZE, Auburn, New York
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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.



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browneyedcat said...
on May. 6 2011 at 11:21 am
browneyedcat, Melbourne Beach, Florida
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I would never ever sext. don't do it. People like to embarrass other people so you will become a victim.

on May. 6 2011 at 9:26 am
x_Topscore_x BRONZE, Cocoa, Florida
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"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils" ... - Louis Hector Berlioz

Great artical!

 


on Apr. 14 2011 at 4:10 pm
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

i would say that its probably just pictures, because even though your words can be used against you, theres not concrete proof that you would actually do any of the things that you talked about. also, flirting through text is accepted for the most part, while sexting is generally looked down upon

on Apr. 14 2011 at 4:08 pm
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

im too insecure to sext. either way, whats the point? its not like anyone will respect you more if you do it. actually, theyll probably just laugh at you.

on Apr. 14 2011 at 3:27 pm
thinkofsomethingbetter GOLD, Tallmadge, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
in short, being vegen just makes you better then everyone else.
- scott pilgrim vs the world. best movie ever!

if the cops find out that it was sent to your phone, and you didnt report it, you CAN be held responseable. this just happend to me recently and i went to the police and everyhting is fine. even if you dont send it to someone, you can still be held responsable.

on Apr. 14 2011 at 10:50 am
Mrs.Parnell SILVER, Clearlake Oaks, Ca, California
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Favorite Quote:
"In order for love to be unconditional, trust must be unwavering."-Carissa V.

"Be what you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - I'm not sure who said it..

this is so well written. nd it is very true. anything can be harmful , buh soliciting yurself is bad. i kno it seems harmless and okay, but it isnt! its negative for everyone involved..

Mikey123 said...
on Apr. 13 2011 at 12:59 pm
Hah. True That..

on Apr. 4 2011 at 10:58 am
hahah i love that song ;)

on Mar. 29 2011 at 1:57 pm
what alot of people don't know that even after they delete sexts from their phones and computers, it's still in cyberspace and ther is still a way to find it, one of my friend found that out the hard way.

on Mar. 23 2011 at 9:42 pm
chellelinn95 BRONZE, Mariposa, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened". -Doctor Seuss

Not only does it have a chance of ruining your life but it can bring you to do things such as chatting dirty over internet and even show things you never thought you would show online. Not only do these things have chances of getting around to people you know, but it is emotionally and socially disinigrating to you, even if no one finds out.

on Mar. 23 2011 at 4:54 pm
TaylorJade BRONZE, Atlanta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
You're not alive unless you're living.

I think it is extremely ridiculous that people send dirty pictures to each other! It is degrading to women, it shows that you don't respect yourself, and... if you felt so strongly about someone, so much that you would sext, don't you think you could at least wait. Like. Til marrage? Hahaha... I think sexting is as bad- if not worse- than really having sex. There is no emotion, just pure lust, and no connection is made. (No pun intended.) So. Yeah.

on Mar. 23 2011 at 4:50 pm
TaylorJade BRONZE, Atlanta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
You're not alive unless you're living.

Not just teens, but also adults!

 


on Mar. 23 2011 at 4:00 pm
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

this was so well written!! :) and i love the point you made! teens just shouldn't take part in it!

Aderes47 GOLD said...
on Mar. 23 2011 at 2:53 pm
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

I would never ever send an inappropriate picture of myself! If I was going out with someone and they asked me to, I would dump him right away. 

Aderes47 GOLD said...
on Mar. 23 2011 at 2:52 pm
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

That is an interesting question. It can be words too because you can sexualize words. 

Muhaha said...
on Mar. 22 2011 at 9:30 am
I rather they be sexting than actual sex............at least people wont get pregnant..... whatever if couples want to sext then let them.

on Mar. 20 2011 at 5:41 pm
Shrien PLATINUM, Brooklyn, New York
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"When one door closes, another one opens"

xJuneBugx, couldnt have said it better!

Fate98 GOLD said...
on Mar. 18 2011 at 2:12 pm
Fate98 GOLD, Glasgow, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Life isn’t about how popular you are… What girl or boy you are dating or who you know. Life is about always being true to who you are or what you believe in. Never let anyone convince you that their way is better than your way. In the end all we have is our hearts.. and our minds. This is the reason we sing.. this is the reason we cry… this is why we live." - Andy six"

I have a question. Is it just photos and videos that count as "sexting?" Or can it count with words?

on Mar. 1 2011 at 6:52 pm
LightningForMyAllergies GOLD, White Bluff, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
When you look at me, you see only a fraction of my reflection, and my reflection shows only a fraction of me.

In my school, sexting is like an epidemic. Guys and girls alike grow to become close companions, then these sorts of questions pop up. It may seem like a confidence booster when guys and girls say," why not, you have nothing to be ashamed of"...but it isn't always about shame. It's more integrity. Just say no, and respect youself. I've taken to saying my phone doesn't send pictures.

on Mar. 1 2011 at 6:36 pm
AthenaBook SILVER, Arlington, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
You should not live the way the world asks, but the way that you ask of yourself.

And you do know that you can get arrested, right? I agree with xJuneBugx and you should also keep in mind that if your "friends" don't like you unless you send those types of things, then they shouldn't be your friends. I don't want to tell you who to like or dislike, but remember that true friends love you for who you are.