The emotional pain it causes can be enormous for the child in the picture as well as the sender and receiver--often with legal implications.
Parents must begin the difficult conversation about sexting before there is a problem and introduce the issue as soon as a child is old enough to have a cell phone.
How parents talk with their kids and teens will vary slightly by age depending on the topic being discussed.
These tips will help you start that journey with your family.
For example, use of TTYL – “talk to you later”, or L8R – “later” may help you type quickly, but that doesn’t help decode text when it may be used for other reasons.
Acronyms and shorthand is popular across social media and mobile phone apps because it helps with instant communication.
The relationship starts online and is often continued in person. Online groomers are known to spend weeks, months and even years communicating with a child to form a trusted relationship.
At times you maybe unaware of the type of information you are giving them, but you do it because you feel comfortable talking to them.
If you decide to send pictures of yourself or post them online, you can attract unwanted attention from people you don’t know or people you do not want to be talking to.
While today’s tweens and teens may be more digitally savvy than their parents, their lack of maturity and life experience can quickly get them into trouble with these new social venues.
For this reason, it is imperative that parents talk with their children of all ages about social media and monitor their online social media use to help them navigate this new online social world.