What Is Sexting?
Sexting is the act of sending or getting sexually explicit images, messages, or videos on a smartphone or through the internet. Specifically, sexting includes sending or receiving nude or nearly nude photos, videos that show nudity or sexual acts, and text messages that refer to sexual acts.
The Dangers of Sexting
- In North Carolina, sending or possessing sexually explicit images of persons under the age of 18 is a serious crime and labeled as child pornography.
- Sexting can lead to sexual bullying or blackmailing
- Sexting can open the door to sexual predators—there is no way to control who will see the photo once it is sent
- The messages, images and videos shared through the internet or smartphone never go away
- Sexting can ruin a person’s reputation and self image which can lead to depression or other mental health issues
- Sexting can impact college admissions, job interviews, and security clearances—are you willing to risk your future?
Did You Know?
- 17% of sexters share the messages they receive with others
- 61% of all sexters who have sent nude images admit they were pressured to do it at least once
- Nearly 40% of teenagers have posted or sent sexually suggestive messages
- 22% of teen girls and 18% of teen boys report sending semi-nude or nude photos
- 15% of teens who have sent or posted a semi-nude or nude photo of themselves send them to people they have never met, but know from the internet
- 61% of teens don’t realize that sexting is considered child pornography and is illegal