The Dangers Of 'Sexting'
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.
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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