To the teen who's in need of this type of attention or in need of love and acceptance, he/she may give in and do something he'll/she'll later regret. There's a special part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex (aka the CEO of the brain) that is responsible for problem solving, impulse control, and weighing out options.
Unfortunately for teens, this area of the brain is not fully developed.
Once a photo is out, there's no way of knowing how many people have saved it, tagged it, shared it, etc. In 2012, at least 13 states so far are considering bills or resolutions aimed at "sexting".
Unfortunately the photo could re-surface years after it was taken and posted. Know the sexting laws in your state: out 'Sexting' trend highlights need for laws to catch up with technology a CNN Radio interview by Barbara Hall. It's important that parents spend time speaking with their teens about sex.
With a click of a button a picture can be distributed to many people instantaneously—and once it's out there, there's no going back.
So, just what is sexting, who's doing it, why are they doing it, and what are the consequences?
I'll attempt to answers those questions and more in this blog, "The Dangers of Teen Sexting." What is sexting?
Historically sexual material has been distributed by means of: drawings, photographs, and videos.
Then along came the internet through which electronic devices and social media outlets have changed the game of sexual exchanges.