With more and more teens having internet capability, the chances of them sexting also increase.
If an adult can't escape the humiliation and embarrassment of sexting, how does it affect the life of a teen?
I have written several blogs on this issue primarily because I want to educate the public on the reality and seriousness of it.
Tinder (free): Tinder is an online dating app that in some circles is known as the one-night-stand finder.
The app shows photos of people nearby, and viewers mark each photo with a green heart or red X.
Several arrests have been made around the country of adults who used Whisper to contact minors for sex.
It has also been used in numerous cyber-bullying incidents.
If you aren't aware of what sexting is, it's basically a combination of “sex” and “texting”. is sending sexually explicit texts and/or nude photos via cell phones. In fact, if you have a teen who has a device that can take a picture via cell, such as a gaming device, tablet, etc., then there is potential for sexting.
Maybe you're thinking, "not my teen...” consider this: research tells us that one in four teens are sending these messages and approximately 48% are on the receiving end.
Just as spoken words only hang in the air long enough for ears to hear them, these images last just long enough to be seen (or more accurately, for 24 hours) and then they disappear.