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SuperDad
Sexting is all over the news and is worrying me as a parent. What is sexting and how do I know if my children and doing it?
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CybersmileTeam
Hi SuperDad, sexting is a really important issue for parents to understand. It's a high risk activity that is often linked with revenge porn in the long term. Thanks for creating this topic and here's a link to our dedicated sexting section www.cybersmile.org/advice-help/category/sexting.
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Shamyla
Hey Superdad, like the team said it is linked to revenge porn but sexting is a form of communication where explicit (sexual) photos are sent between people via text messaging or social media apps like snapchat and whatsapp...

The link you posted doesn't work, it says page not found
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JoDragon
Also sexting doesn't have to involve images, it can literally mean flirting over text. Same as a lot of things there's different 'severities' of it. Some young people sext role play fantasies, same as someone might role play sex over the phone.

It's hard to say how you know a teen is doing and when a parent might want to get involved. It can all depend on age, vulnerability and how flirtatious and/or personal the text are describing.

I guess in a way it can be considered ok in the sense of exploring ideas as it's the sort of age where teens have their hormones flying. I think the advice I would give is to encourage your children not to send pictures and if they feel pressured into 'the real thing' then not to feel scared to let you know and that you're not going to punish them but help to get them out the situation.
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GamerGirl
It's difficult for girls to not feel pressured into sexting with boys because so many girls do it you feel different and are bullied because you're not "one of them". I never would though, apart from being too shy I wouldn't do it because you can then be blackmailed :(
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JoDragon

In reply to GamerGirl

That is a good point. Maybe it leads back to education about who to give your number out to and who you add on social media? Personally I don't add people on my social media I don't know and defiantly don't give my number out. But false friendship/trust is a serious issue amongst some, I can appreciate that.

Also maybe you could do a topic about not being 'one of them' and how that affects people in regards of bullying, that could make a really interesting discussion.
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GamerGirl

In reply to JoDragon

I think education around safety online is vital for safe gaming. The topic idea is awesome I'll do that once I've thought about what I want it to say - thank you : ) Maybe you could start the topic about a "Nice" gamers community? I think it's a great idea.