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Sexting

In the past few years, sexting has become more and more prominent within our culture, particularly amongst youth. These discussion points were developed to help facilitate conversations with youth about things to consider before sharing personal, revealing information via text.

  1. Is forwarding a picture of somebody without their consent respectful behavior? Why or why not?
  2. What are some things to consider when taking nude or revealing photos of yourself or others?
    • What control do you have of that picture once it is sent out?
    • The Internet is hyperpublic (meaning absolutely permanent, there are no private conversations in some contexts).
    • This means that many of our actions carry a heavier weight of permanence than ever before.
  3. What percentage of teens and young adults send or post nude and semi-nude pictures of themselves?
  4. Who, in the group, knows the legal consequences of sexting?
    • It is possible that teens may face felony child-pornography charges for possessing or distributing explicit images of themselves or other teens
    • If individuals take photos of themselves and send them to a partner, they may still be found guilty of these charges
    • The general consensus among sexual assault advocates seems to be that criminalizing behavior that kids engage in voluntarily or consensually is bad practice, which is to say a lifetime registration as a sex offender seems to be a high price to pay for a poor decisions as a child or adolescent
    • What are some reactions to these legal consequences?
  5. What does consent look like in the context of sexting?

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Reviewed: March 31st, 2017