When sexuality meets digital: let's talk about sexting!

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Sexting is now part of the reality of young people in the 21st century. It is a fact and it is not tomorrow the day before that that will change. Prevention and modeling then play a primordial role, in the perspective that adults must teach the right behaviors to adopt in order to minimize any unnecessary risk. Thinking about stopping sexting is clearly a utopia, but educating young people and making them aware of the dangers they can run if necessary, it is exactly in this context that the participation of the school community is essential.

In 2007, an invention was going to upset the social habits of a lot of people on the planet and I named the iPhone. Indeed, the appearance of the smart phone combined with many applications offering the possibility of interacting with anyone across the world were going to change relationships between humans forever.

The relationship to sexuality is one of these changes that have taken place thanks to technology and there are now different means for young and old. to express their desires digitally.

“Teens are having less sex than before, but the sending of erotic messages is on the rise. Parents need to recognize that their children are now expressing their sexual behavior this way, through their phones, notes Sheri Madigan. "

Source: News, February 8, 2019

The sense of intimacy that people using apps to exchange videos, photos or erotic texts can feel is in fact just a mirage. There has never been as much exposure of privacy as there is now, due to the negligence, naivety, ignorance, malice or impulsiveness of those involved. 

"Nearly one in four young people who are asked for sexual photos agree to send them, a proportion that climbs to one in two at the age of 15 and 16 […]"

Source: TVA Nouvelles, December 21, 2018

Sexting is now part of the reality of young people in the 21st century. It is a fact and it is not tomorrow the day before that that will change. Prevention and modeling then play an essential role, with the view that adults must teach the right behaviors to adopt in order to minimize any unnecessary risk. Thinking about stopping sexting is clearly a utopia, but educating young people and making them aware of the dangers they can run if necessary, it is exactly in this context that the participation of the school community is essential.

“Adolescents live with their phone and don't necessarily see the dangers associated with it,” recalls the researcher. The tool should not be demonized, however, but rather the careful and thoughtful use of technology among young people. If there is more education for young people, we can think that there will be even fewer young people who will share this type of photos, concludes Ms. Beaumont. "

Source: TVA Nouvelles, December 21, 2018

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