Imagine if you took a tube of toothpaste and squeezed it all into the sink. Now, picture if someone handed you a spoon and said, “Put all the toothpaste back into the tube.” You can’t!
Like the toothpaste, once you press “Send,” it’s out of your hands. You’ve created a mess and you can’t undo it. There’s no way you can go to every phone, every computer, every device and every server and get that text back.
This technology is still fairly new. In the past, if a person wanted an “instant” photo, they had to take a Polaroid picture and physically give it to someone else. Now, a photo can be shared with millions of people in a matter of seconds.
Sent or received “sexually explicit text messages or images” under age 18
Said they endured humiliation or a tarnished reputation.
Said they forwarded or shared a sext they’d received with a good friend.
Researchers from Drexel University surveyed college students, asking them if they had ever sent or received “sexually explicit text messages or images” when they were under age 18.
Before hitting send, remember that you cannot control where this image may travel. What you send to a boyfriend or girlfriend easily could end up with their friends, and their friends, and their friends.