I never had a cell phone in high school. I guess I just wasn’t interested in being constantly plugged into the social web that was teenagerdom. It worked out pretty well for me, except for the fact that I missed out on all the juicy high school gossip as it happened. What I also managed to miss out on, though, was sexting – and I’m awfully glad I did.
It makes sense that in the age of information, fast internet, and viral videos, that eventually we horny humans would find a way to make all of these things sexual. I mean, why not text someone a picture of your boobs? Or record yourself having sex with your boyfriend? It’s not like there’s anything wrong with it if it stays between two people who love each other… right?
Well, turns out it’s not that simple, especially if you’re underage. I know, I know, it’s “College” Candy, but I’m sure there’s some high schoolers that stumbled up in here looking for some raunchy sex information, and this is a pretty important thing to be aware of. Sending pornographic pictures of yourself when you are still classified as a “child” (ie. Under 16 or 18, depending on where you live), means you could be charged with distributing child pornography and put on the sex offender list, even if it’s consensual. Doesn’t seem so worth it, does it?
Look, I get it. It’s exciting to take sexy pictures, or make sexy videos, but here’s something to think about: no one (underage or of age!) wants to think that the people the pictures have been sent to are so untrustworthy that they would share them – but what if by a fluke the pictures get out? What if someone finds their phone, and spreads the pictures around without even knowing who you are? Doesn’t sound like a very good situation.
And if those pictures/videos get out? Well, expect to be the talk of your school/community for a while. Yes, eventually the talk will die down – but it’s going to take a long time to get your reputation back.
I realize these things are tempting, and it’s not my job to talk you out of it, but hear me out for a second – if you are going to do this, don’t text and don’t e-mail. Virtual things last forever. If this is something you really want to do – something you really want to go through with – do it all live. Make the video, watch the video, delete. Or take the pictures, look at the pictures, delete. It’s just not worth it to have these things out there forever – as right or wrong as society’s perception of these things are, it is what it is. Be cautious.
Do you have any experience with raunchy pictures/videos? Have you or someone you know ever faced consequences from sexting, or making videos?