I once dated a guy who would text me after he jerked off, saying that he was thinking about me. Among our participants, who all had some experience with romantic relationships, sexting is a way of flirting and forming new relationships, as well as developing an ongoing relationship with an existing partner. Know your angles! Or, even when your nude photo does end up in the right hands, it could be shared without your consent. Rather than trying to tell students to simply abstain from sexting, we should support them to do it in respectful ways.
Mia, 13, was duped into sending sexual photographs to someone she met online, who she has now found out is an adult posing as someone else. Charities including the NSPCC and Meic - a helpline for younger people in Wales - are concerned more young people are sharing naked images of themselves. The charities believe a significant increase in the time teenagers are spending online and a lack of face-to-face interaction has added to the pressure. Ms Azad added: "Speaking about the consequences is so important because this is the time that they can be exploited. The charities said most cases were believed to involve 14 to year-olds, with a lot of people cropping out their heads from photographs. However, Ms Azad said they often forget about other identifiable markers such as wallpaper, birth marks or piercings. Being pressured to send nudes is a sign of a controlling relationship and, despite campaigns to tackle this during lockdown, Ms Azad believes many risks to younger people - such as being blackmailed and threatened - have been overlooked.
How To Send Nudes (Mostly) Safely
Taking nude selfies is an act of erotic expression, and sharing them with a trustworthy partner can deepen your intimacy plus make for tantalizing foreplay. Sadly, the joys of this pastime are often eclipsed by anxiety over photos being stolen or shared without consent. As long as everyone involved enthusiastically consents at every step of the way, taking and sharing nude photos is one of the hottest things you can do.
The impulse to make a nude self-portrait is neither new, nor specific to kids. The cell phone plus camera technology that makes dissemination easy is, of course, new. As are the multiplying criminal charges against teens for distributing child porn i.