Advice for Parents on Dealing with Teen Sexting
- IWB Post
- June 17, 2015
Technology is advancing every day and the tech savvy teens are curious to experiment. Sexting is one of the latest trends catching up among youngsters. But they are unaware of the fact that some of these funny and intimate texts can become a story to regret about. The internet is full of cases where life of teens was destroyed because of a single text. With a click of a button, a picture can be distributed to many people immediately —and once it’s out there, there’s no going back.
According to the ‘National Crime Agency’, ‘Sexting’ has become a norm among teenagers. NCA launched a campaign to deal with the increasing Sexting cases. As per the reports, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) say that there are increasing cases of cyber crimes due to low privacy settings on social media.
In most of the cases, when sexting does not just stay within the reach of the other person they trust and somehow that person turns out to be exploitative, these images are used as a tool for blackmail.
Things go wrong when these teens caught in this situation do not reach out for help because of embarrassment and disappointment, and this gets them into more troubles with no escape sign.
The interviews conducted under the campaign by CEOP also revealed that most of the youngsters send explicit images when being pressurized by someone! This is shocking.
Jaipur based Sexologist Saatiish Jhuntrraa suggested that parents must calmly handle their child involved in sexting. He asks parents to monitor the phone usage of their children in such a way that they will not feel suffocated with the restrictions. He also says:
Parents and schools should also work together to help victims. A proper awareness should be created among the young generation regarding the harmful effects of any such activity. They should also be taught about the legal laws and aids against this crime.
JWB feels that:
1. Kids who are harassed after a Sexting incident need to be monitored for extreme behavior changes that could signal depression. A safe atmosphere at school should be provided, and if the bullying gets overwhelming, police should be involved.
2. It is crucial that parents understand that Sexting does not just involve issues of technology and bullying. It is also about, the big word, sex.
Sex creates curiosity, which leads to exploration and experimentation—especially with teens. This is not a new thing and it’s has become usual. Teens may be curious as to what others look like naked and easily aroused by nudity. Seriously.
3. Parents should use the sordid trend as a way to talk to teens about sex. Remind teens that respect should be the basis of a relationship — they should not feel pressured to exchange explicit photos to attract or keep a partner.
4. It is essential that parents be in the loop with what their teens are doing with technology. Any kind of smart device with internet facility can create an opportunity for a teen to make a poor decision.
In conclusion, it is important that we educate our teens on the dangers associated with it. Dear parents, please create an environment that allows your child to be open with you regarding everything happening in his/her life.