As cell phone and mobile device use grows among junior high and high school students, the issue of teen sexting has reared its head into our communities.From teen chat rooms – where sexting pics are often thought of as 'private' even as terms such as ' Kik sexting' and ' Snapchat sexting' take firm root in our world – to online child predators who literally hunt down and intimidate teens and tweens into sending provocative photos, youngsters are taking naked pics and they are being distributed via phone and internet.There are also a plethora of message boards if you don't prefer real-time chatting.
Unfortunately, once they break up, that is when these pictures are passed around."Cunningham encourages parents to be loving but firm in explaining that not all relationships work out and sometimes teen break ups do not end well.If you enjoy gabbing with your peers and want to continue when school is out, chat rooms are a great place to meet other like-minded people your age and maybe even engage in lighthearted flirting.Alternatively, if you are too shy to flirt in school but still want to kick back and banter with other teens, the Internet provides you anonymity. Just click on the enter button and introduce yourself."Success with teen sexting has a lot to do with communication between parents and children."While a cell phone was once used to build status, today's teen is now engaging with technology alongside the naturally hormonal days of middle and high school.The end result, Cunningham says, is the potential for sexting to occur as your teen begins to date.