Teens and Sexting- Why Do They Do It? | Orlando Teen Counseling
It’s no secret that sexting is a common occurrence between teenagers, but a lot of parents are asking the question as to why. Recently, at least 100 students in Colorado were found to be part of a sexting ring, where they would collect nudes of other teens and have a point system for how many they received. They were saving these pictures in apps that would pose as calculators or other harmless tools, but would actually be hiding the child pornography. The school and legal system is trying to decide the best way to handle this situation, which may result in felony charges for those involved.
Although many teens participate in sexting, a large majority does not seem to understand the consequences behind it. They don’t understand that what they’re doing is actually considered child pornography and can have severe consequences. So why do they do it?
- They don’t know the long-term effects. As previously stated, they are not thinking of the consequences but living in the here and now. Teens brains do not function the way adults brains do. It’s more about instant gratification rather than weighing out the pros and cons, seeing the bigger picture and then making a decision.
- They want acceptance. Whether it’s through the opposite sex liking them or because “everyone does it,” teens may feel that sexting is just another form of peer acceptance.
- They are pressured to do it. Often times, a boy (or girl) will use the term “If you love me, you’ll do it.” The other teen will then feel that since they do love them, they have to follow through with this action.
If you have found out that your teen is sexting, or have suspicions that they may be, then contact a counselor as soon as possible. This is a serious issue that could have life time consequences and the sooner it is addressed, the better.
Stay tuned for next week’s blog on How To Talk to Your Teen about Sexting for more tips and tools to help your child.
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