A recent survey by Commonsense Media found that about half of teenagers feel addicted to their cellphones, and even more of their parents agree. The sheer number and variety of ways to communicate and share digitally are both vexing and sobering for parents, particularly if they have tweens and teens. And parents are rightly concerned about the possibilities of missteps in the internet age: embarrassing messages and posts kept alive forever, predators and identity thieves, even the threat of criminal prosecution for youthful mistakes.
Not everything online is evil, nor does danger lurk behind every new app that comes to market. Keep in mind that no app poses a danger in and of itself, but many do provide kids with an opportunity to make, ahem, bad choices. Sometimes when it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it's really not a duck.
However, things can quickly get out of hand and very dangerous with the easy access to phones and social media. If you catch your teen sexting, be clear about what is dangerous and harmful about it. Take appropriate action to deal with the situation and talk with your teen.
Sexting or "sex texting" is sending or getting sexually explicit or suggestive images, messages, or video on a smartphone or through the Internet. Most teens have various ways to get online, Smartphones, tablets, and laptops all can be used in private. It's very easy for teens to create and share personal photos and videos of themselves without their parents knowing about it. Girls may sext as a joke, as a way of getting attention, or because of peer pressure or pressure from guys.
What are these teens texting about? Sexting is the term used to describe sending and receiving sexually explicit messages, or nude or seminude photographs or videos electronically primarily between cell phones, but can occur between any media-sharing device or technology — ie, e-mail or the Internet. Sexting has been a recognized occurrence for several years and is a global practice among teens and young adults.
A year-old man was arrested on Tuesday under anti-child pornography laws after he allegedly took nude photos of a year-old girl in a hotel in Kurashiki City last November. Kenji Yamamoto, a teacher at a public junior high school in Tsuyama City, is accused of taking photos with his cell camera of the third-year junior high school girl he met through an Internet gaming site. Police said Yamamoto pretended to be a teenage boy by sending the girl a picture of a boy's face he took from a high school graduation album.
For youth under 18 years old, taking and sharing sexual images can also be against the law, even if the youth agrees to have the images shared with others or if the images are of yourself see more information below. If someone has shared an image of you online without your permission, see below for information about who you can talk to and what you can do. Is sexting illegal?
The mobile phone has become the favored communication hub for the majority of American teens. Cell-phone texting has become the preferred channel of basic communication between teens and their friends, and cell calling is a close second. Those phones have become indispensable tools in teen communication patterns. Among all teens, their frequency of use of texting has now overtaken the frequency of every other common form of interaction with their friends see chart below.
Ever since the first camera was added to a phone, we've become obsessed with taking pictures of just about everything that moves and a lot of things that don't. That isn't necessarily always a good thing, although some of the best comedy posted online can be attributed to those who can't leave their phone's camera alone. Not necessarily always for the right reason.