Sexting, the most under-reported crime of teen dating violence is a huge topic of discussion during National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott paid a visit to the Helpline today to warn Texas teens and parents about the dangers of sexting. He also encouraged teens to contact loveisrespect when encountering peer pressure to participate in sexting. There are five helpful tips that should be considered before sending explicit photos or messages:
-Do not assume anything sent or posted is going to remain private.
-Anything sent or posted in cyberspace will never truly go away.
-Do not give in to the pressure to do something that causes discomfort, even in cyberspace.
-Consider the recipient’s reaction.
-Nothing is truly anonymous.
loveisrespect advocate Megan Guilbeaux was also on hand today to offer her perspective. She mentioned that “teens are being pressured into taking pictures that can be embarrassing or revealing. A boyfriend or girlfriend often threatens that if you don’t take the picture, I will find someone else who will. It’s that kind of harassment and hurtful threats that teens are pressured into doing today and they need advice.”
Remember, loveisrespect is always here to help you out with your relationship problem, so if you are ever in a situation like this, we are just one phone call or chat away!