But for teens who do sext, there are both psychological and legal risks, especially if coercion is involved and the images wind up being distributed beyond their intended audience. Sexting is certainly not just a teen issue, but these tips are specifically for teens and parents of teens. Scroll down for tips for both parents and teens. There are also cases where the teen is responding to peer pressure, bullying or even threats.
When Sexting Goes Wrong: What If Your Child's Nude Selfie Goes Viral?
In a million years — in 2 million years — I would never stick a camera down my pants to take a picture. I can't empathize with a teenage girl seeking acceptance by sharing photos of her breasts. I can't sympathize with a boy hoping to impress his crush with a megapixel shot of his privates. I've never been tempted by it. Nonetheless, I know it's being done.
Sexting disasters: ‘I sent a nude photo to my boss’
Updated August 28, These days, younger and younger children are being given smartphones. I got my first phone when I was Most of my sister's year 6 class already own one.
But we all know that these measures can only go so far. Even the most responsible parents and kids are vulnerable to online maliciousness on the part of others. So what if the worst scenario happens? What if a nude pic of your kid gets around because of sexting or it was stolen? What if it— gulp — goes viral?