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Sexting - advice for my daughters

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Petula
I have two daughters 8 and 14 and i am very worried about the problem of sexting. I know my eldest daughter has been asked by boys at school for pictures and she has laughed it off but I am concerned that she could be influenced into doing something she may regret. It is a difficult subject to talk about with a teen but i want to get it right and try to get through how dangerous this is for them. Has anyone had to deal with this that can offer any tips?
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Jules92
My mum was great with this sort of thing. She let us know how much she cared and wanted to keep us from getting hurt which made us feel safe. She used to talk about how women could be exploited and sexualised for advertising etc and how we should be proud of who we were and not let anyone try and use us for anything. She is still a bit of a feminist but we always feel protected by her. Hope this helps!!
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David85
Hope your eldest understands how sending a picture could affect her life if it was made public or shared around. In a few years she will be looking to make a career or get a good job and it is common knowledge that employers scan through the internet to research applicants so something like an explicit pic could ruin her chances. Its not worth it.
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Suzanne
Hi Petula, unfortunately many girls now grow up thinking their most importance asset is their sexuality which we all know is a real tragedy 😔.
Just remember to make sure your children know that everything the pit on the internet is permanent and can't be deleted - they no longer own it.
This might not seem that important to them until it's too late!
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Mac
Originally posted by Petula
I have two daughters 8 and 14 and i am very worried about the problem of sexting. I know my eldest daughter has been asked by boys at school for pictures and she has laughed it off but I am concerned that she could be influenced into doing something she may regret. It is a difficult subject to talk about with a teen but i want to get it right and try to get through how dangerous this is for them. Has anyone had to deal with this that can offer any tips?

Hi Petula. Engaging with teenagers can be tricky for parents, especially when it is about something private and personal. There is a really good video on our site which you should watch with your daughter, the messaging and tone is just perfect for teens and there is also some advice and guidance about addressing the issue.
www.cybersmile.org/advice-help/category/sexting
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CybersmileTeam
Hello Petula and thanks for posting. Sexting is a real concern for parents and we are unfortunately seeing more and more sexting related issues. I'm not sure if you've seen it but here is a link to our cyberbullying guide for parents, I hope it helps! www.cybersmile.org/advice-help/category/advice-parents. If you or your daughters need any help or support for sexting or any other cyberbullying related issues please email [email protected] and a support advisor will be in touch.