What is the definition of sexting? Sexting is commonly defined as the sharing of sexually explicit photos, videos, email, text and chat by cell phone or online (O'Donovan, 2010). Why is knowledge about sexting important? Eighteen-year-old Jessie Logan sent a nude photo
Sexting is commonly defined as the sharing of
sexually explicit photos, videos, email, text and
chat by cell phone or online (O'Donovan, 2010).
Why is knowledge about sexting important?
Eighteen-year-old Jessie Logan sent a nude photo
of herself to a boy she was dating. She later learned
that the photo circulated among students at area
high schools, and she was taunted as a "whore.“
she hanged herself on July 3, 2008.
An 18-year-old youth in Florida was arrested and
convicted on felony child pornography charges
when, following an argument, he sent naked photos
of his ex-girlfriend to dozens of her family and
friends. He was sentenced to 5 years‘ probation and
required to register as a sex offender.
How did sexting emerge?
Sexting is a result of advances in technology enabling
new forms of social interaction (Davis, 2009).
Messages with sexual content have been exchanged
over all forms of historical media. Newer technology
allows photographs and videos, which areintrinsically
more explicit and have greater impact.
Who is affected by sexting?
Typically, sexting occurs during adolescence, a period
marked by rapid growth and change. During adolescence, a
major task according to Erikson is exploring one’s identity.
Thus self-concept and self-efficacy are compromised.
How does sexting affect development?
Sexting can result in emotional and behavioral issues such
What is the prevalence of sexting?
The Associated Press reported in December 2009 that
more than one-in-four teenagers have “sexted” in some
What does the law say about sexting?
Both state and federal laws prohibited the
possession of child pornography. Child pornography can
be defined as visual pictures on minors under the age of
eighteen and thus, the act of sexting meet the legal
definition and thus are subject to legal consequences
When Sex and Cell Phones Collide: A Resource Guide for Parents
Talk with your child about cell phone and Intenet safety.
Once something hits cyberspace, it's there permanently.
Nothing sent is truly anonymous.
Don't take--or send--any pictures of anyone with your phone without their permission.
Use your common sense—If the information you are about to send was about you, would you want the world to see it/know about it?If not, don't share it!
Let children know that sending nude photos is illegal.
If you receive a nude photo of someone, let a trusted adult know immediately!
Is counseling necessary for a child who is sexing?
Counseling can be used as a resource to assist with the exploration of feelings,
cognitions, and behaviors associated with sexting. Thus, counseling can be
extremely useful in adddress issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, self
concept, and other domains.
Where can I go for futher information?
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
CBS News: “Sexting” Shockingly Common Among Teens:
ABC News: Sexting Teens Can Go to Far:
Boucek, S. (2009). Dealing with the nightmare of
“sexting”. Education Digest: Essential Readings.
Davis, S. (2009). Kids face porn charges over “sexting”.
Retrieved online on 07/05/2010 at:
Manzo, K. (2009). Administrators confront student
“sexting”. Education Digest: Essential Readings,
O'Donovan, E. (2010), Sexting and student texting.
District Administration, 62-64.
Siegle, D. (2010), Cyberbullying and sexting,
Technology abuses in the 21st century. Gifted Child