Sexting is when you send or receive a text that contains sexually explicit material. Sexually explicit material can include nude photos, videos or explicit language. Anyone under the age of 18 is considered to be a minor (child) and can get in trouble with the law when they sext.
How illegal is sexting?
Sexting is illegal when it is done with anyone under the age of 18. Sexting can have serious consequences such as paying a large fine, going to jail and being labeled as a sex offender. In Georgia, a person can pay as much as $100,000 for being caught sexting. A person can go to jail for 5-20 years! A sex offender is a person who has done sexual things with a child. A common myth is that you can’t get in trouble for sharing your own pictures or videos. But that’s not true! Even if you share your own photos or videos, you can still face all the same punishments since you are a child.
Sexting can lead to unplanned consequences. An illegal outcome is revenge porn. Revenge porn is when someone shares your nude pictures or videos without consent. This is against the law, especially when they are of a child. That person can go to jail for sharing that media. Revenge porn also can create health and relationship problems for the person whose materials were shared.
How to say no to sexting
Just because a person wants to sext does not mean they really like you. Say no to anything illegal or uncomfortable. Communicate to your partner that you do not want to break the law. After saying no, change the subject to something you like. It is important to know that you can show other ways of liking a person instead of only through sexting. Fun ways of showing affection could be giving cards, listening to music together, trying new foods and so much more!
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When it comes to stories about cell phones giving off radiation, the jury is still out. But there’s one thing we know for sure–cell phones are a huge distraction, and people get hurt when they’re not paying attention!
Have you seen the YouTube videos of people who were so busy looking at their phone that they fell into a water fountain or wandered out into traffic or fell down a hole? Do you want to be the person on the YouTube video falling down? I don’t think so! Here are a few tips for being safe with your cell phone:
- When you’re walking, keep your eyes open, put your cell phone away and be aware of what’s around you. Don’t walk while looking at your phone or else you will fall into a hole and end up on YouTube.
- Never ever use your cell phone while you are driving. Did I say never ever? I meant never ever ever! That’s called “distracted driving” and you could end up in an accident, hurting yourself and others. If you’re in a car with a driver who pays more attention to the phone than the road, tell them to put their phone down or pull the car over.
- Give your neck, back, head and hands a break! Your body was not meant to be looking down at a screen constantly. Your hands were not meant to be texting all day. Take time to sit back, stretch and sit up straight. Put your phone down for 10 minutes every hour. Otherwise, you could end up with wrist, hand, neck and back pain that never goes away. Let your eyes look out ahead of you and enjoy what is around you in the world!
- If you receive a text or call from someone you don’t know, tell them they have the wrong number. If they keep trying to contact you, let an adult know. While it’s nice to think that everyone you meet is a good person, there are some people who are not nice and good. If anyone contacts you and you feel uncomfortable, let an adult know.
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