Sexting: Know the Facts This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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 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.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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robrobrobin11 said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 5:30 pm
Very nice writing. You sound very informed and you don't dance around the subject. It is a very current issue and we've had big time problems with it in our school. There are so many things about fellow teens, I just can't understand... :-p
hugs4ev replied...
Feb. 2, 2010 at 10:11 am
i like this arcical0 bc i am doing a report on sexting and it should not be done because it is a crime in some ways
Adkinlau said...
Jan. 30, 2010 at 10:39 am
I agree. I think that people should have more common sense then to send things like this and not expect that there is a possability that they could stab you in the back.
ABH36 said...
Jan. 28, 2010 at 8:54 pm
Thanks so much fo dis article! im doing a project in health on sxting and this was great hepl :)
Momrocks18 said...
Jan. 24, 2010 at 2:38 am
Great article! Clicking send will always result in personal stress if your out there flashing your trash or parts to impress someone with your hotness. You don't have to give it all out there freely to make a person want or love you. Respect your own worth and leave that for the personal side of life..between two - live. Hold your body as a gift and only share that with someone who respects your enough to protect that moment in time. You don't need to be
exposed to be liked, ... (more »)
WritingAngel20 said...
Jan. 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm
I have heard of sexting on one of my favorite TV shows Degrassi and the girl who sent it to her boyfriend was nearly humiliated to death when he sent the text message to his friend. This writer is good and really will make someone think twice about sexting. Keep up the good work!
acousticalex This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm
I don't often say this about anything, but it is pretty much almost always a bad idea to send someone a nude photo. I can't tell you how many times friends and I have laughed over one of us receiving an inappropriate picture, and sadly it's usually from someone we hardly know! It's a teenage cry for attention and acceptance and to be told they are sexy like they see on television. Just a walking cliche, and a terrible idea, unless you completely trust the person you send it... (more »)
HauntedDancer123 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 16, 2009 at 9:01 am
Wow! This is kind of scary. I'll never do this! Thanks for writing this. It was a great article
WriterA.M. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 26, 2009 at 3:38 pm
Sexting may seem like harmless fun? Only for the people who do it I guess. Any thinking person should know that it is immoral in every way imaginable. Goodness, what has our world come to?
Hannahnanna said...
Dec. 16, 2009 at 1:18 am
This is a very well written article, and extremely important today. I participate in Youth/Peer court and we had a case about sexting. It was awhile ago, but from what I remember, they were only about 14 years old.
YOLANDRi said...
Nov. 20, 2009 at 8:01 pm
Amazing article. I wrote a short piece about sexting for New Youth Connections. It was mostly a personal piece. Your article is great. Kudos!
Schubster said...
Nov. 13, 2009 at 9:54 pm
?I don't get the post under me, but ok....otherwise, fantastic piece of work. teens are truly out of their minds (more than usual) and skimpy nowadays...
NothingCanProvokeFearButFearItself replied...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 10:34 am
basically hes saying you prolly never got a sexting picture......they r bad
samuraijack14 said...
Oct. 21, 2009 at 4:49 pm
You all never got a picture
OscarDonovan replied...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 3:52 am
Love this guy.
EvanRose replied...
Feb. 16, 2010 at 2:22 am
LOL! yeah for real
mynetshepherd said...
Sept. 17, 2009 at 5:00 pm
Right On!! Parents must protect their kids from the dangers of the net, cell phones, etc. visit
NaddyCastenda replied...
Oct. 21, 2009 at 4:11 pm
This article is true, I love it, and the fact that its telling the straight up truth about the consequences And what could happen if you send things like that
NaddyCastenda replied...
Oct. 21, 2009 at 4:18 pm
This article is true, I love it, and the fact that its telling the straight up, truth about the consequences
tipsyniinja16 replied...
Oct. 22, 2009 at 12:58 pm
well i aqree with this artical. Nd mynetshepher. but then aqain teenaqers will do what they want reqardles. nd parents are not always around to protect them. but other that then that i aqree with this artical. sextinq is qoin to happen even if we try to prevent it.
Andrnick replied...
Dec. 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Sexting is a freakin' stupid thing that teens think that they could show their personal appearance and have a baby once their a young age.
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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