Texting is often associated with cyber bullying because teenagers have been coerced into taking and sharing nude images of themselves which are then spread across the Internet without their prior knowledge or consent. Underage “sexting” is considered a crime because any photograph taken of an individual under the age of 18 is classified as child pornography regardless of whether the exchange is between two consenting teenagers or not. In fact, teenagers can be prosecuted for having these type of images on their mobile devices in accordance with Canadian and other International laws on the subject.
As an avid activist of cyberbullying, I think that blaming this issue on “sexting” itself is counter productive and will not solve the real issue behind this growing problem. It is only a band-aid solution at best, the real problem exists in the mind and behaviour of a bully rather than in the means (in this case a mobile device) in which they act.
Adults are cyberbullying, trolling and creating drama every day on social media platforms and yet we expect our children not to.
Let’s face it, teenagers are going to find ways to engage in intimate relationships regardless of the risk factors involved. They have been doing that since the dawn of mankind. Sexting, in this case, might actually be considered a more discreet and safer way for them to do so. There is no physical contact.
What about sexting between two consenting adults? It has been given a bad reputation because it is simply “associated” with cyber bullying but it is a great tool for use in long distance relationships and online dating.
Is this not life in a nutshell? There is always going to be “good” associated with “bad.”
Do the risk factors of sexting outway the potential that it has?
I am not so sure anymore. I think social media played a huge part in making this small problem into a huge concern when it really shouldn’t be.
Girls do not necessarily answer requests on dating and other service sites, they often place profiles on these type of websites to make themselves feel prettier. We live in a society where we need constant affirmation and I believe that this is the real problem, we just need to have more confidence and be properly schooled on the dangers of the Internet in general.
Think about this for one moment. Children as young as three are encouraged to use mobile devices, computers and other electronic devices yet we fail to teach them the dangers of doing so. The future generation will have no fear of the Internet.
Sexting activities are growing in popularity with social media websites and applications like Facebook SnapChat and Kik that promise to remove the conversation and images from the mobile device once the conversation has ended. This may seem like progress however, they allow teenagers to create profiles. Where is the sense in this?
Adult sexting services and social media platforms like Arousr.com do not permit the public creation of user profiles and users must have verified their age with proper identification before doing so. Shouldn’t all websites and public platforms be required to do this? That makes a whole lot more sense to me in combating cyberbullying.
How about a separate Internet for Children and one for Adults, now that would be smart, don’t you think?