From Cybersex to “SEXTING”

There are people who uses the internet to have sex with people they chat with, this is called Cybersex. With the advancement of technology, aside from text, people can have cybersex with audio and video making it more real so to speak.

But there’s a new craze nowaday, and this is called “Sexting”, having sex with the use of mobile devices like the mobile phone.

Sexting” is the sending of text messages with sexual conotations involving words, pictures, and often both–and, apparently it’s becoming popular among teenagers. With phones equipped with video capabilities, sending of sexual videos or uploading them to the web is also proliferating.

A recently released study of teen and young adults’ behavior online was conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a Washington-based advocacy group founded in 1996. The online survey, taken by 1,280 people ages 13 to 26, shows about 1 in 5 teens has sent or posted nude or seminude photos of themselves. This was the first public survey of its kind in the nation.

Some of the findings:

How many teens say they have sent/posted nude or seminude pictures or videos of themselves?

– 20 percent of teens, 13 to 19
– 22 percent of teen girls
– 18 percent of teen boys
– 11 percent of teen girls, 13 to 16

Why are teens sending or posting sexually suggestive content?

– 51 percent of teen girls say they feel pressure from a guy
– 18 percent of teen boys say they do it because of pressure from girls
– 23 percent of teen girls say friends pressured them
– 24 percent of teen boys attribute sending images or messages to peer pressure

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has compiled a list of tips for parents and teens to help navigate this new virtual world and set rules and guidelines.

– Know with whom your kids are communicating
– Consider limitations on electronic communication
– Be aware of what your teens are posting publicly
– Set expectations and make sure you are clear about what you consider appropriate electronic behavior
– There is no changing your mind in cyberspace — anything you send or post will never truly go away
– Don’t give in to the pressure to do something that makes you uncomfortable
– Consider the recipient’s reaction
– Nothing is truly anonymous

No amount of technology can actually stop this sexting. Education and communication with our kids is the best remedy. But how can this be realized if adults are also engaged in this sexting thing?

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