Our lives these days are intertwined with our digital devices, for good or for ill. That includes adolescent romantic and sexual relationships of all kinds — happy, tragic, mutual, one-sided, healthy, abusive. And experts say that rather than being shocked to find that kids are sexting, we should instead be talking about it from an early age, just as we should about other aspects of their developing sense of their sexual identities. Her advice to parents is to start talking about sexting — as with so many topics — younger than you think you need to.
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Using technology is a big part of our lives and it's becoming very common to use it for romantic interactions. In particular, teenagers are using sexting to express sexual or romantic feelings. Sexting is when someone shares explicit texts, images or videos through the internet or their mobile phone. It's often done as an expression of love or lust but it's not always used in a positive way.
What is sexting?
Sexting or "sex texting" is sending or getting sexually explicit or suggestive images, messages, or video on a smartphone or through the Internet. Most teens have various ways to get online, Smartphones, tablets, and laptops all can be used in private. It's very easy for teens to create and share personal photos and videos of themselves without their parents knowing about it. Girls may sext as a joke, as a way of getting attention, or because of peer pressure or pressure from guys. Guys sometimes blame "pressure from friends. And teens get some backup for that when lewd celebrity pictures and videos go mainstream.
Channing Smith, a junior at Coffee County Central High School in Manchester, killed himself Sunday night hours after he found out that his peers had seen sexually explicit Facebook messages between him and another male classmate, his family said. The year-old, who wanted to be an engineer and loved motorcycles, punk rock music, and Corvettes, had not openly discussed his sexuality or identified as LGBTQ, according to his girlfriend and brother. Sunday night, freaking out. Channing allegedly got into an argument with another teenager who is close friends with the boy whom he had messaged with. He was trying to find himself and people called him bisexual, but he never classified specifically as that. Joshua Smith said Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott is not adequately investigating the teens who allegedly humiliated his little brother on social media. I, like the rest of the community, am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of the young life of Channing Smith. I express my heartfelt condolences to his family.