“Sexting” is the sending of sexually explicit messages or images via cellphones or other media sharing technologies, such as email or instant messaging. Results vary widely, but surveys have shown that as many as 20% of teens have either sent or received such materials.
Sexting can hurt: A message you think is private may end up being shared with others, and whether that’s intentionally or by accident, you can be teased, harassed and humiliated for it. Even if you’re sharing thoughts or photos with someone you love and trust, it’s important to remember that anything you send will be available for people to see forever. Unfortunately, your relationship may not last as long.
Sexting can be illegal: Sexting may seem like harmless fun, but, even when it’s you, if the person in the photograph is a minor, it’s illegal. If you send nude photos of a minor you could be charged with producing and/or distributing child pornography. Even if you only receive such photos, a teen who keep nude pictures of minors on their phone or computer can be charged with possession of child pornography.