Anti-Sexting PSA Tells Girls To Stop Sending Sexy Pics

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Often we don’t think of the impact that one picture can have on our lives. It can virtually destroy us and our reputation.

In a new online safety PSA, Children of the Street, an organization dedicated to preventing the sexual exploitation of children and youth, warns girls about the dangers of sending out a sexy “selfie”.

This is a message that needs to be heard by both girls and boys. According to a survey 1 in 5 teens have sexted, meaning they sent or received sexually suggestive, nude or nearly nude photos through text messages or e-mail.

Most teens who sexted sent the photos to girlfriends or boyfriends, but 11% sent them to strangers, according to the study made public today by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Cox Communications. Of teens who sext, 80% are under 18, the survey found.

Although teens say they recognize the dangers of sharing personal information online, they do it anyway.

Three in five say they know having personal information or photos on a public site is unsafe. Yet most teens using social networking sites told the survey they post photos of themselves and friends.

Teens underestimate the risks they take online. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, approximately 1 in 7 Internet users between the ages of 10 and 17 fall victim to unwanted online sexual solicitation.

Pictures are worth far more than a thousand words. The recipients could be your friends today but your enemies tomorrow.

And that’s today’s helping of The Online Dish with Maggie.