What is sexting?

Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily between mobile phones.

Why do people do it?

People sext to show off, to entice someone, to show interest in someone or to prove commitment. But problems happen when relationships end and someone is left in possession of highly compromising material.

Why is sexting dangerous?

Once a photo is sent, you lose control of that image and it is impossible to take it back. The person receiving it can forward the image, copy it, post it online or share it with anyone.

In addition to the emotional damage that can come from having a sexual image of you shared with your entire school or community, there is damage to your reputation. Remember that once that photo is out there, it's impossible to take it back. There are also serious legal consequences. Sharing sexual or naked photos, is illegal. Sexting can lead to prosecution for pornography.

What can you do?

Respect yourself and others. Don't ask people for sexual pictures and if asked, don't provide them.

Remember: Stop. Block. Tell.

Refuse to pass along sexting messages.

Tell friends to stop sexting.

Block communication with friends who send sexting messages.

If you know someone is sending sexually revealing photos or that someone has them, you should tell an adult immediately and report it to the hosting website.

Take care of your friends. If you know your friends are sending or receiving sexually explicit photos or messages, tell them to stop. Let them know that there are dangerous consequences and that it's just not worth it.

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