Understanding Sexting and Sextortion

By : Divya Swaraj

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Sexting, or sending sexual messages or photographs, and sextortion are serious concerns in the modern digital age, especially for young people. It is essential to understand these risks if you want to protect kids online.


What is Sexting?

Sending explicit or nude images over the internet is known as sexting. Even though it's frequently done unintentionally, it might result in exposure and cyberbullying. More importantly, it may have major legal consequences because of child pornography.


The Risks of Sexting

Young people who sext may not be aware that they could be charged with producing, disseminating, or owning child pornography. This is a severe violation with potentially fatal results.


What is Sextortion?

Sextortion is the practice of forcing a child to give graphic images to someone posing as a peer. Being anonymous online allows predators to trick and control young people, with severe emotional and legal consequences.


Protecting Your Child

1. Education and Communication: Teach your kids the risks associated with disclosing personal information online, especially to complete strangers. To make them feel comfortable talking to you about their online interactions, promote open communication.

2. Monitoring and Supervision: Keep an eye on your kids' social media and internet usage on a regular basis. Keep an eye out for indications of harassment or improper conduct and take prompt action to stop and report violators.

3. Choosing Safe Platforms: Examine the chat rooms and websites your kids utilize. To lessen the likelihood that they will come across predators, choose sites with strict age verification and moderation procedures.

4. Legal Implications: Document any proof of any suspected unlawful conduct, such as exploitation or sextortion, and report it right away to the relevant authorities. Immediate action can stop more damage.


Parents can assist in safeguarding their children from the risks of sexting and sextortion by being proactive and knowledgeable. Promoting responsible and safe internet activity in children requires equipping them with information and direction.



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