Hey Dad, you’re doing your best talking to your children about sex, but some things may seem out of your realm of control.
Sexting may be one of those many things that you struggle to wrap your head around. More often than not, parents aren’t even aware that their children are engaged in sexting.
1. Sexting or “sex texting” is the sending or receiving of sexually explicit or sexually suggestive images, messages or videos via a cellphone/smartphone over the internet.
2. A sext may include: Nude or seminude pictures and videos; Videos that depict simulated sex or sexual activity; Text or instant messages that propose sex or refer to sex acts.
4. It can start earlier than the teen years. Once your child has access to a smartphone, internet and social media, they are capable of engaging in sex texting.
5. Most children fail to understand the implications of their seemingly harmless behavior.
6. Parents must keep an open dialogue going and educate their children on the consequences and implications of their behavior both online and offline. They must be educated on dealing with peer pressure. These conversations must be ongoing and not a consequence of problems in the moment.
8. As recommended by New York City licensed Psychotherapist & Mental Health Counselor Jason Eric Ross, it is important for parents to monitor all forms of communication their children have with the world. You need to be aware of everything coming in and going out. Watch the video on Daddy’s Digest for more info.
Reviewed by: Dr. Melanie Schlatter
Date reviewed: 15th November, 2018
Our guide is meant to outline the basic facts. If you are in doubt or worried about your child for any reason, consult with a qualified and certified mental health professional.