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The Dangers Of 'Sexting'

Posted by Swoosh Editor from Vale Of Glamorgan - Published on 14/02/2011 at 15:31
8 comments » - Tagged as Education, Health

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Bored one evening, you decide to take a snap of yourself and text it to your new boyfriend to let him know you’re thinking of him.

Hopefully, you'll get something fun back in return.

You don’t get anything, but that’s okay, when you see him in school tomorrow you can ask him what they thought.

As you walk through the school gates, everyone stops and stares. And not in a good way. As you walk to class, people start to snigger and point at you, whispering to each other as you pass.

You find your boyfriend but he’s with his mates, and as you go to speak to him, they burst out laughing. You ask what’s up, your boyfriend stays silent, but his friends start making rude remarks about the picture you sent your boyfriend last night.

You feel like the ground could just swallow you up. You feel betrayed. How could he do that to me? Why did he send it to all his friends? Now everyone knows and they think I’m easy or a slapper. You wonder who else will find out.

You may think this scenario would never happen to you, but children and young people are being warned about the dangers of ‘sexting’ sexy pics of themselves to others.

A ten-minute film had been made by the Child Exploitation And Online Protection Centre (CEOP) to highlight the dangers and consequences of sending sexually explicit images by text or email. Exposed sees a 15-year-old girl become upset after images she sent to her boyfriend appear on the internet.

Shockingly, a survey by charity Beat Bullying suggests one in five 11 to 17-year-olds has received a sexually explicit or upsetting text or email. With text and email offering an instant way to connect with friends, it’s become even easier for images to be shared, and in some cases fall into the wrong hands.

Some people have found that they have become victims of bullying and harassment, and that even if someone searches your name on the 'net in years to come - say a potential employer - the images you sent may still be online and visible to everyone, potentially ruining a job application.

The advice given to young people to deal with these dangers is simple: don’t do it. You have no idea who could have access to the pics you send, how they are used and how it could affect your future. Your parents or teachers may find out and you could get in trouble.

You could be exploited for the images and in some rare cases criminals could get hold of them and use them in a way that is unsafe and illegal. If you want advice on how to stay safe online or more info on the Exposed film check out UKCCIS or www.thinkuknow.co.uk 

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Commented 51 months ago - 14th February 2011 - 18:16pm

To me, sexting's always been about very creative writing. Simply sending a picture is very unimaginative. I much prefer words to stimulate the imagination.



Commented 50 months ago - 15th February 2011 - 12:33pm

Hi Pasternak. I can see your point on this one, but there is also a danger of this being misused by the person at the receiving end too! It all depends who that person is and are they trustworthy? You would hope so wouldn't you. Technology is a great thing, which many embrace, but sadly it can be abused in terrible ways.

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Commented 50 months ago - 15th February 2011 - 15:07pm

I agree Pasternak, but like SwooshMe says, words can also end up in the wrong hands and lead to possible bullying and harrasment. I think the general point I was trying to make in the article is sexting really is more for adults and not young people who may be naive about what it really 'entails'.

There are other issues such as sexual exploitation, but in general I agree words are a more creative, romantic outlet than a picture.



Commented 50 months ago - 16th February 2011 - 22:19pm

This is a really good article and this issue needs to be brought up in my school. The film was really good, too. x

Swoosh Editor

Commented 50 months ago - 17th February 2011 - 09:26am

Thanks ihavethecyrusvirusx, I thought it was a good subject to write about to highlight the dangers to young people. Glad you liked it :) x



Commented 50 months ago - 21st February 2011 - 09:38am

No problem. Our school has to be one of the worst for things like this. The amount of videos that go around and pictures, too.... it's TERRIBLE! I don't take my phone to school because I charge it all day so I can go on Facebook or text when I can't sleep. I am NOT taking chances of having my iPhone nicked! But issues like this need to be spoken about more to young people and shown how bad the conciquences are. x

Swoosh Editor

Commented 50 months ago - 22nd February 2011 - 09:55am

Gosh, that sounds awful, ihavethecyrusvirusx! I'm glad you're taking a mature approach to the subject. Maybe you should show some people my article and the video? It may make them think about twice about what they're doing? x



Commented 50 months ago - 28th February 2011 - 11:07am

I agree with the article the problem is getting worse and i dont think perants and teachers are doing enough about it.

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