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What Every Parent Should Know About Sexting
Sexting is the sending or receiving of sexually­ explicit or sexually­ suggestive images or video primarily between mobile phones. Sexting has recently become very popular, and even more important to know...sexting is illegal.

The Law: In the State of Wisconsin, if anyone (including a minor) who creates, distributes or possesses an image of a minor engaged in a sexually explicit activity may be prosecuted under the State's child pornography laws and, if convicted, will generally serve time in jail and need to register as a sex offender.

The Trouble With Sexting
  • Because photos can be distributed widely, sexting can ruin reputations and limit one's ability to get into college, join the military or get a desired job.
  • Sexting can result in anxiety and depression.
  • It is a crime.  Federal law makes it illegal to possess, distribute or take sexually explicit images of anyone under 18.  
  • Information sent via cell phone will be available for as long as 30-50 years.
What can parents and guardians do about sexting?
  • Talk to your children about the dangers of sexting.
  • Set rules and consequences for breaking them.
  • Be aware of what they're posting publicly.
  • Know who they're communicating with.
  • Learn how to use their cell phone.
  • Be aware of sexting shortcuts and acronyms (see link on right under Resources).
What to tell your children about sexting...
  • Anything you send or post will not go away.
  • Nothing you send or post will remain private.  You may intent it to go to one person, but it could be forwarded to others without your knowledge.
  • You risk jail time as well as being labeled a sex offender.
  • You don't have to give in to pressure from others to do something that makes you uncomfortable.
  • Friends who care about you won't want you to get into trouble by sexting.