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.
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AMTAs sexting and cyber-bullying tips for teens
AMTAs 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 including sexting."
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.