The Dangers of Sexting
So you and bae have been in a relationship for a while and you’re starting to feel the pressure to spice things up. Perhaps you’ve started to wonder if it’s time to start sending them those nude pictures and naughty text messages they've been asking for. It seems harmless right? You might be thinking it will just be between the two of you and it will just be through private messaging and mails so what’s the big deal? Well Choma, it might seem like a harmless flirty gesture, but it doesn’t always goes down that way. Here are a few things that could go wrong.
First, what is sexting?
Sexting is when you send or receive sexual photos and messages through text messages, instant messaging or email. Technology has made sexting not only easier and faster to send, but also easier and faster to spread beyond the two people engaging in it.
So, what are the dangers of sexting?
Choma, sexting might seem like fun or just another modern way to flirt, but it can have harmful consequences that could end up haunting you for the rest of your life. These are a few of those consequences
The image might land in the wrong hands
Once an image or text has been sent over the Internet, it’s there forever Choma. Even if you delete it from your phone, it can still be accessed elsewhere.You might think you’re only sending the messages or picture to your significant other Choma, but you actually have no control over where your messages and images go once they are sent. If that person’s phone is left unattended, lost or stolen there is a huge chance that someone else will get access to everything you’ve sent and you would have no idea who your messages or images will be sent to after that. Such images can be later found by others, and by potential employees doing a google search of your name.
The person might share them
At the time that you’re sending the images to your significant other, you might be thinking that they would never do anything to hurt you and will keep your messages/pictures safe and private. At the time that you’re sending it, this might be true. Your partner might have every intention to keep them private - at that time. But what happens if the relationship sours and they want to get revenge by posting those pictures or messages? This is a horrible thing to happen and it always seems unthinkable when you’re in a relationship, but this happening to people is a sad reality. Just as early as last year an underage South African girl’s boyfriend shared a sexually explicit video she had sent him. The video ended up all over social media platforms and was trending for days. At the time that she sent that video, she probably never would have imagined that something like that would happen. But it’s just like I said Choma, once you share something, you have no control over where it will end up and it will end up elsewhere.
It could land you in trouble
Receiving and sharing sexually explicit photos of/from underage teens is illegal. So if you’re receiving nude photos from, or sending nude photos of, someone who is underage (under 16 year’s old) then you can be charged with committing an illegal act
It can come back to haunt you later
A moment of making a poor decision could stay with you for the rest of your life Choma. Once something is on the internet, it’s there forever. If a picture or video of yours goes viral, it means that many more people all over can download it, take screenshots and upload it wherever they want. It would be almost impossible to get this taken off the net or to try and get everyone to delete it. Imagine someone Googling your name and that’s all that comes up? This can then negatively affect your whole life because you might get strangers bullying, shaming and harassing you for your pictures or videos. It could also ruin your career if they happen to fall into the hands of a potential employer. It’s not worth the risk Choma, always think before you post.
What do you think of sexting and its dangers Choma? Let me know in the comments below.
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