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How to talk to teens about sexting: Learn why they do it and what to say about it.
Advancements in technology have opened up a new and potentially dangerous way for teens to explore their sexuality: sexting.
Sexting is the sharing and receiving of sexually explicit messages and nude or partially nude images via cellphone. Sexts may be sent as regular text messages or through apps, like Snapchat, Kik and WhatsApp. Teens may sext for a variety of reasons. They may be trying to establish intimacy with a boyfriend or girlfriend, impress a crush, or be funny. Others may feel pressured into sexting by boyfriends or girlfriends who may threaten to break up with them if they don't send a picture.
Teens may not believe or be able to foresee a situation in which the person they send a sext to chooses to share that image with others. However, it does happen and the consequences can be academically, socially and emotionally devastating.
The "Send This Instead" App empowers kids, giving them a voice when they are under pressure to send intimate images of themselves online. We asked all the funny people we knew "What would you say if somone asked you to send images you didn't want to?" We took their answers, made posters and developed this app. The posters are witty, sarcastic and meant to help get the point across - using humor as a strategy. Available for free on Itunes App Store and Google Play.