Texting sex message or having sex via texting is also known to teens as sexting. A
popular trend since the last few years sexting is a common visible practice seen in most
campuses and even classrooms.
The term sexting also refers to taking or sending an explicit photo of oneself and
forwarding it to friends or potential suitors.
The phenomena of sexting spreading rapidly and a survey by a teenage girls' magazine has
found that 40 per cent of respondents had been asked to send sexual images of themselves.
Half the bullying-related calls to the police can be attributed to cyber-bullying and
sexting ranks high.
3G mobile phone technology helps upload image files directly to the internet is
making sexting easier. One of the appeals of sexting is the ability to hide the behavior
from parents. But teens don't understand that the message or pictures they send can be
forwarded to thousands of unkown recipients.
Even though any image that depicts a minor in a sexual activity or indecent manner is
considered child pornography, and anyone who passes on or receives those images is liable
to face criminal charges. It's a felony for children under 18 to not only receive these
pictures on their phone, but taking a photo and sending it could lead to pornography
production and distribution charges.
Sexting is bound to increase. Girlfriend magazine survey has found that four in 10 readers
had been asked to forward a nude photo of themselves.
sexting and cyber-bullying tips for teens
sexting and cyber-bullying tips for parents
Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association AMTA continues to widely promote
the industrys advice on sexting and cyberbullying noting in particular that the
perceived level of anonymity is often central to how young people see sexting and
cyberbullying. In reality perpetrators of cyberbullying need to know it is possible for
them to be indentified and that their activities may be considered illegal.
According to Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association
"Sexting is being treated as another manifestation of cyberbullying with
the Victorian police reporting a rise in cyberbullying activities amongst teenagers
Radar, My Mobile Watchdog, is a service that protects children from cyber
bullying, sexting, predators, adult content, and other unsafe activities on their cell
phone. Radar is designed for children ages 7 to 17. Radar is available online.
www.mymobilewatchdog.com for more information.
Bob Lotter, CEO of Radar, My Mobile Watchdog, about the dangers of cell phone use among
Until Radar, there has been no solution to monitor cell phone usage, text messages, and
surfing the net. Predators know this, thus we have epidemic-scale issues with cell phones
becoming a favored communication method for child porn, sexting (children taking sexual
pictures of themselves and others texting them), cyber bullying, sexting, and adult
content. Predators know that the anonymity of the Internet is easily transferred to
unmonitored phones and are moving from online communication to text messaging to further
Many times when kids are confronted for bullying another child, they will not own up to
it. Even their parents may find the allegations unbelievable. Armed with a record from
Radar, one can offer evidence directly to the principle, law enforcement, or
the parent for immediate action. Since the phone is now the primary communication channel
for children, Radar is an important tool in the detection and prevention of cyber bullying
Since children are aware their phones are being monitored, Radar is not in violation of
the law. Radar makes copies of all pictures, written text, and email messages and forwards
them to the parent in real time. Call records are stamped with the date, time, phone
number, and duration.