There’s a broad range of motivations behind sexting – from digital flirting or attention-seeking to an aspect of sexual interplay to dating abuse or blackmail.
But it can definitely be a form of victimization either from the outset or after a break-up or conflict in a relationship.
What about the freshmen and sophomore students—should they know about the possible consequences of their actions on others, and about their incapacity to consent?
Should sex education be required, and if so, is that the best place to tell Florida high school students that they may not legally consent to having sexual relationships until the age of sixteen according to Florida Statute 794.05 and 800.04?
It’s important to keep in mind, too – whether or not sexting is illegal for people of any age in your state, province, or country – there can be significant psychological consequences, if coercion’s involved or if consensual sexting turns into a violation of trust between two people (if one partner later shares photos without the other’s consent).
What are some practical ways mentors and youth ministers can influence a teen to have healthy dating relationships? No freshman dared show their face at school if they weren’t conversant with the previous evening’s episode.
“Sexting” typically refers to sex-related or nude photos taken and shared via cellphone (most sexting happens on phones and doesn’t make it to the Web, according to research in the medical journal Pediatrics).
Charges can range from fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct all the way up to an automatic felony if it’s proven there was sexual penetration.
It could mean jail time, it could mean having to register as a sex offender for 10 years.