Today’s teens and tweens are connected to one another, and to the world, via digital technology more than any previous generation.Recent data suggests that social media venues like Facebook and Twitter have surpassed e-mail as the preferred method of communication in all age groups.In the '40s, feminist Simone de Beauvoir wrote how she could actually feel her romantic scribblings physically: "Writing to you is like kissing you," she wrote to her long-distance love, Nelson Algren. Or an image of his naked torso appearing in the middle of dinner.
But getting the feds involved in cases like these is generally an awful idea (though O'Kimosh's position as a cop on a tribal reservation may have posed some special considerations here).
Our i Messages give us permission to dream big and dare to dream with another person. You probably don't want to engage in this kind of erotica with a guy who shortly after exchanging numbers requests a picture of your tits or any idiot who sends you a Snapchat of his penis after only a few brief exchanges.
Bad sexters are like bad lovers — a huge disappointment.
The emotional pain it causes can be enormous for the child in the picture as well as the sender and receiver--often with legal implications.
Parents must begin the difficult conversation about sexting before there is a problem and introduce the issue as soon as a child is old enough to have a cell phone.