Is sexting a bad thing? - Is sexting a bad thing?
Is sexting a bad thing?
Sexting isn’t a ‘bad’ thing of itself. In fact, using technology to negotiate and develop sexual relationships has become a regular part of many teenagers' lives.
However, it can be harmful if a sext message is forwarded on to others not intended by the sender. In some instances sexting can be dangerous and illegal. For example, it is a crime to take a sexual photo or image of a person under the age of 16 and/or to encourage someone to take a sexual photo or image of themselves, even if the person is a boyfriend/girlfriend.
Students need to be aware of the risks and implications of sexting and know what to do if they receive one. The key message is to remember that once an image is sent to someone else, you can’t be sure where it may end up!
See the esafety.gov.au website for more information.