The Danger of Sexting
by catherinefournier on February 9, 2014 - 6:31pm
Sexting is the act of sending explicit photographs or messages to another person in a highly suggestive way in order to lead to sexual encounters. Last November, nine boys, between 13 and 15 years old, were arrested for sexting and possession of child pornography in Laval. In the article “Laval Teens charged in ‘sexting’ case back in court” published in the Gazette, Jason Magder explains the situation and the charges that stand against these young boys. They are accused of producing and propagating child pornography. They sent explicit images of seven girls via Internet from their smartphones or computers. Some of the boys even used the images of their own girlfriend and send them to the other boys. Also, it seems that some of them used the application Snapchat, which is a program where you can send pictures for a short time only and the pictures disappear after.
I believe this story is horrific. The teenagers are left alone with the use of Internet on their smartphones, which is more private for them than a family computer, and they can proceed to any kind of activities. Also, teenage girls need to understand that sending explicit photographs via Internet is never a good idea, even if it is for someone you love or that you are in a relationship with. These photographs can be found by anyone at anytime or even displayed voluntarily like we saw in this case. Teenagers really need to understand the danger of Internet because cases like this one should never occur again. These girls will forever be humiliated to have done such an act in order to please their boyfriend. Also, these boys will have a record of child pornography for the rest of their life. I believe that if teenagers were more educated in the repercussion of wrong Internet use, there would not be this kind of actions. There should be a class about Internet use and its danger in high school in order to prevent other cases like this one.