What is sexting?
Sexting is sending or receiving sex-related messages or photos by phone or by computer. Once a sex-related message is sent, it can affect everyone that receives it and even everyone who shares it with other people.
What should I do if I need help?
How does sexting affect me?
Before hitting send, remember that you cannot control where this image may travel. What you send to a boyfriend or girlfriend could end up with their friends – and their friends – and their friends.
- Objectification/possible victimization
- Loss of friends, bullying
- Feeling sad, depressed, withdrawn
- Thinking about or actually hurting self/others
- College admission
- Joining the military
- Re-living the emotional consequences when old photos/sext messages re-surface
- Federal prosecution under child pornography laws (that includes the picture taker, person in the picture, sender, receiver and anyone who is in possession or has seen the photo)
- Risk of placement on Sex Offender Registry
- Jail time
Think about the consequences of taking, sending or sharing a sexual picture of yourself or someone else underage. You could get kicked off of sports teams, lose educational opportunities and even go to jail.
Never take images of yourself that you wouldn’t want everyone – your classmates, teachers and family – to see.
Never forward someone else’s sex-related messages. It’s not funny, and it could land you in serious trouble.
Report any unwanted sexual messages you receive to a trusted adult