What exactly is sexting?
Sexting is the sharing of sexually explicit images, videos, or messages through electronic means.
When should I start talking to my child about sexting?
As soon as your child has access to technology. Parents may not get the cue when kids are ready to talk about things like relationships, sex, and sexting, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be curious about it. If they aren’t getting the right information from people they know and trust, they could get the wrong information from someone else.
How can I start the conversation?
With access to technology comes responsibility. Begin by establishing technology ground rules that make it clear what is not acceptable under any circumstances.
Rule #1: It is never OK to ask someone to send explicit photos or videos.
Rule #2: It is never OK for someone to ask you for explicit photos or videos – even if it’s someone you like or trust.
Rule #3: If anyone asks you for these photos, notify an adult.