What is "Sexting"?
Sexting is a cross between sex and texting. It is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily between cell phones. Sexting is a relatively new practice among teenagers and with increasing frequency is bringing teens into the juvenile justice system.
A juvenile adjudication (juvenile conviction) for a sexual offense has serious consequences which include registering as a sex offender. Even if sexting does not result in judicial system intervention, the impact can last a lifetime. There is no changing your mind in cyberspace. Nothing you send or post can ever be completely deleted or removed.
Drugs or Alcohol?
Do you think, or know that your child is using drugs or alcohol? Even if you believe your teen is just experimenting it's important to take action right away. Casual drug use can quickly turn into drug abuse, dependence, or addiction can lead to accidents, legal trouble, and serious health issues.
If you are at all concerned about your child, you can and should intervene by:
- Closely monitoring your child's behavior and activities.
- Getting outside help and support if necessary.
- Having productive conversations with your child. Remember remain calm, share your concerns, and listen.
- Setting tighter limits with clear consequences.