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Sexting: Know the Facts MAG
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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follow me long enough and you'll end up on a field hockey field.
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I would! :)
exposed to be liked, loved, wanted, or envied. Leave somethings to the imagination and that will draw them back to you more. Keep it classy.
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"In order to suceed, your desire for success must be greater than your fear of failure" -Bill Cosby
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"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist. That is all." Oscar Wilde
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play the music, turn it up loud, dance around, and drown out reality
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You should try everything in life, except incest and barn-dancing.
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"Ignore corruption and achieve perfection"- me
It'll never stop and our new mellinum if greatly involved in these actions.
It's true but I wouldn't say this is a piece of writing; I'd say it's a essay but people consume the consequences at last and that'll decrease the amount.
-Thanks for this article but I'm trying to get my article posted on here
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I care very little if I am judged by you or any other human court; indeed I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. -1 Corinthians 4:3-4
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"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."
"Karen: If you're from Africa why are you white? Gretchen: Omg Karen, you can't just ask people why they're white."
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