Your child’s device beeps and he is nowhere near his phone. Out of curiosity, you open the message and there is an inappropriate picture of a girl. How do you manage such situation as a parent? Would you go full force screaming and yelling or let it go silently?
The exchange of nude pictures between two adults is considered normal and legal. Although, it does not promote a good moral trend. However, when sending of nude photos or explicit content, which is defined as sexting, is done among kids and teens, then it becomes a great concern to these kids’ families and themselves.
Sexting has become one of the major issues parents face in this Internet era. Most parents are not even aware of it till ‘sexting gone wrong’ escalates and their children become victims of cyberbullying, expelled from school or in the custody of the police.
In addition to the above-mentioned statistics let’s explore some of the reasons kids engage in sexting:
Sexual explicit content sent to another person is never guaranteed to remain private. However, in some cases, they actually do stay private. Besides, once a relationship is broken these pictures are distributed via social media because of the hurt and anger associated with the break-up. This is very humiliating and such people might in time be emotionally handicapped if the situation is not properly handled.
This is when inappropriate photos get out there and the victim of sexting is being bullied online. Mean messages attached to these pictures are posted on various social media platforms to hurt and embarrass the victim. Statistically speaking, online bullying also known as cyberbullying is the number 1 cause of child anxiety, depression and suicide thoughts. 2 out of 9 victims of cyberbullying have considered committing suicide according to studies by Yale University. (http://www.bullyingstatistics.org)
Sexting can make your kids lose quite a number of friends. Your kid’s friends will not like to be associated with him/her. This may force you to either transfer your kid to another school or simply relocate to a different environment.
Sexting could lead to both children being prosecuted for possession and dissemination of child pornography and their names placed on the sex offender list for a long time. That is how serious sexting can turn out to.
Moreover, it also opens the way for a civil case against the parents of the perpetrator. They may be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor if they find out they knew about it and did nothing. Also, these kids could be taken from them and placed in foster homes.
Sexting is not a harmless joke as some people would think it is. It has a huge physical, emotional and legal damages for both the parents and the child.
In conclusion, sexting is not as trivial as most people claim it to be. Sexting gone ‘bad’ in kids can lead to serious ramifications. Every responsible parent would not allow his or her kid to go through the above consequences or even be open to a lawsuit that could lead to their children being taken away from them and placed in foster care.
Take action now and protect your kids. That is why there is an app called mSpy.
mSpy – Know. Prevent. Protect.
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