With another school year right around the corner, the odds of teenage boy-girl foolishness will increase. As technology becomes more prevalent, the young are often the first to adapt, leaving the parents to play catch up. Unfortunately, this generation gap in technological comfort can often leave some very negative consequences for teens.
By now, most people are familiar with the notion of ‘sexting,’ which is the act of sending sexually explicit pictures to other people electronically. The obvious problems of sexting are twofold: first, it is a crime in some places. Second, there is always the risk of embarrassment should a picture find its way to someone other than the intended recipient. As if these weren’t problems enough, prosecutors and child welfare advocates are reporting increasing numbers of ‘sextortion’ cases as well.
So what is ‘sextortion?’
‘Sextortion’ is a slang term for sexual extortion. The scenario goes like this: a teen sends a racy picture of him/herself and the photo finds its way to an unintended recipient who happens to be a pornographer. That person tracks down the sender and demands more, often more explicit pictures with the threat of, unless more pictures are sent upon demand, the teen’s behavior will be exposed to family and/or friends. Result: a cycle of exploitation without end.
Talk about unforeseen consequences.
As of now, numbers of such cases are not tracked, but law enforcement officials say that they are noticing a dramatic increase of such racy picture-based blackmail. The fact that such things can happen goes to prove the fact that, in today’s electronic age, privacy is virtually absent in the virtual world.
The lessons of this story are twofold. Teens first: be careful what you send your supposed friends. Next, the parents: talk to your kids about the dangers of sexting and keep a close eye on what they’re up to.
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