Once that send button is pushed anyone may be able to see that picture or message.
Many tweens and teens have computers in their bedrooms with webcams, often unsupervised.
They may unknowingly engage with an online predator, posing as a teen and send nude pictures or videos that are then recorded, which can lead to serious consequences.
The majority of teens sext because they think it’s a “fun and flirtatious activity.” Many teens are feeling pressured by either boyfriends/girlfriends to sext.
The tween and teen years are naturally full of social angst, especially with regard to boy-girl relationships.
Today’s internet-mobile device way of communicating has increased the complexity of today’s teen relationships.
In previous generations notes were passed in the classroom to let a boy or girl know you like them.
Today’s teens are being pressured to sext, by sending explicit sexual messages or nude or semi-nude pictures.
Many girls send pics as a “sexy present” to their boyfriends.
Sometimes “these images are shared as a part of or instead of sexual activity, or as a way of starting or maintaining a relationship with a significant other,” according to Amanda Lenhart of Pew Research.
More than a third of teens say they exchange sexually suggestive images or messages with the expectation of dating or hooking up.
Unfortunately, the internet is not private and anything posted is like standing on a world stage for anyone to see.