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Sexting is the act of taking
and sending sexually explicit photos electronically, primarily through
cell phones. This is a serious challenge facing today’s youth. Young people
fail to recognize the danger of sending intimate photos electronically. Photos are
easily shared but impossible to retract. In addition to having potentially
destructive social and legal consequences, sexting is a crime and may be the
most under-reported criminal activity among teens.
Taking a naked "selfie" and sharing it with one
friend may seem harmless; however, these photos are often shared with
friends and friends of friends, or may be posted on social media. The teen in
the photo has no control over who sees the photo or where it may end up.
Sexting can haunt them later in life by resurfacing during a college or
employment application process.
Cheezo and Sexting
The current law is designed for charging sexual predators, not youth
engaged in sexting. Cheezo has developed the Sexting Solutions program to
address underlying issues that lead to sexting. The six week program helps
build boundaries and self-esteem. Parents must participate in the first and
last session. Children never think the trusted friend or boyfriend
to whom the explicit photos were sent would ever pass them on, but they do. Once
photos are sent from a cell phone they are not retrievable from cyberspace.
Even deleting the photo or video may not be enough.
Sexting is illegal if the photographed person is
under 18 years of age. It is illegal to possess the naked pictures, and an even
more serious offense to send them or post them online. Sexting can result in
criminal charges and sex offender registration.
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