Teenage Sexting, the Modern Sexual Harassment Trend on the Rise

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You cannot blame the technology – technology was created to help people communicate better, to improve lifestyles, in short, technology is progress. But everything in life is dual, isn’t it? Where there’s a plus, there must be a minus, the eternal yin yang forces, both interconnected and interdependent, are at work, not only in the natural world, but in virtual worlds as well. So what happens when technology is used for the wrong purpose? And even more, what happens when minors are the ones misusing it?

This is the scenario: you give your teens a mobile device, and when you do, you don’t even suspect that, in fact, you just offered them a dangerous instrument, that can even lead to prosecution. And this can happen in a number of ways, in discussion today however is sextingdefined as the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily between mobile phones.

The dangers of sexting and cyber bullying in general are not thought by teachers in schools, at least not as a general rule. This should be probably included in the sexual education curriculum, but sexting is a relatively new trend (first reported in 2005). Unfortunately, recent news show that sexting is a trend on the rise. The Boston Globe reports that police are investigating reports that dozens of students at Chenery Middle School used their phones to circulate a nude photo of an adolescent girl.

In the US, in 2008, 20% of teenagers nationwide reported having sent or posted nude photos of themselves online or via phone. You can only imagine the numbers two years later, with the boom of social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. Besides, teenager behavior is highly influenced by the media, and particularly by the celebrities they look up to. If your teen is an Ashton Kutcher fan then posting nude or seminude images online is “cool” – after all, the man is not shy to post images of Demi Moore and share them with a network of millions.

To make things even worse, even teachers cannot resist temptation, using their mobile devices for sexting to minors. This is the case of 41 year old Melinda Dennehy, English teacher at Londonderry High School, who reportedly sent 4 nude photos of herself to a 15 year old and continued texting erotic messages.

There’s not much parents can do to prevent such occurrences, other than educating their children on the dangers of using their mobile phones for questionable activities.

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  1. Tommy says

    I agree with you completely that they shouldn’t send a nude photo of someone without that person’s permission. This should never be allowed.

    However, if the person in the photo says its ok to copy it, I think this should be allowed. After all, people have been naked for over half of human history & only put on clothes about 72000 years ago. ALL children back then were also naked. As far as simple nudity, the Supreme Court has upheld the right to photograph nude children and adults since 1958.

    Other adults are worried an online sex offender might see it & do something. These people don’t realize that most sexual offenses against children are done by people in the same household. Wikipedia indicates the overreaction by the older generation toward sexting could be a form of moral panic.


  2. Mihaela Lica says

    Tommy, you are entitled to any opinion you like, as long as you remember that whatever you do should not harm other people. I for one pray to God that my teen will never send around naked pictures of his girlfriend, or get involved in any form of cyberbullying and harassment. Sexting is a form of harassment, understand this. What those kids at Chenery Middle School did to their colleague is as bad as rape if you ask me.

  3. says

    Yes, it’s dangerous because theres laws against it. So if there wasn’t laws against sexting it would not be dangerous. Underage provocative poses/sex stuff seems to be a generational issue in America.

    I don’t think generational issues always have a right or wrong, they are just changes.

    A long time ago in America people got jailed or put in the insane institution for going out with shorts on or even a topless man in public.

    In the 1950s many parents were horrified at rock & roll; they sincerely thought it was wrong and there were laws against it.

    In 1600s America, witchcraft was thought of as a terribly dangerous thing & they would put Harry Potter on trial immediately.
    My point is if sexting is dangerous because it’s illegal then many other things in years past were also dangerous, many of which people no longer think is harmful.

    If you want to see more social changes and what Americans believed to be wrong in years past see my social timeline i’ve been making since last August sites.google.com/site/piuytregj
    Some of the citations show what people sincerely believed was wrong in years past.

    A lot of taboos and laws are based in religion. Just read the history to see when they started.
    Most people are not free thinkers and just accept their generation’s cultural norms without question.

  4. says

    James Cameron kept his porn magazines well-hidden from his parents but when he grew up he made the world’s top earning movie & now Avatar. This much success shows nudity is not dangerous, as you & other conservatives claim.

    When I was 14 I liked nude photos and porn. What I don’t like is someone saying its dangerous but not citing any medical research.

    • Mihaela Lica says

      Tommy, I think you have a problem. It’s dangerous because it is a felony my friend. And not nudity. SEXTING. You got it now?

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