SEXTING: The Dangerous Invasion

It's no news that young people are becoming less prudish. Do not miss an opportunity to take pictures with sexual content. Just remember the video "wena Naty" or, closer still, the recording of two universities who have sex outdoors, who were supported by most netizens.

In that context that sexting. What is it? The name was given by the words: sex (gender) and texting (text messaging). That is, a practice that involves mail or SMS sent with pictures-or videos-erotic, where often shown naked or naked, in very suggestive poses.

Not talking about a minor issue, considering that many of the parents of these young people have not been educated digitally, then there is more chance of making serious mistakes due to lack of references. Yes, although born with technology, and do not live without a computer, a digital camera or a cell phone.

//Shipping is pictures or videos with sexual content through mobile phones, which quickly come to the web-where often show intimate areas. Still not criminalized, but parents must be vigilant.//

For example, the study "New trends and cultural differences in the use of cell phones," by Daniel Halpern, Faculty of Communications UC last year, 76% of young Chileans are dependent on their smartphones, 74 % not turn it off unless needed and 86% sleep with him. For them it is almost natural, until they suffer humiliation if visual material flowing through the web to look around the world, literally. What can happen? Since harassment, blackmail to grooming, which is defined as for sexual harassment of an adult to a minor.


In 2011, the University of New Hampshire in the United States, conducted research on sexting, interviewing more than 500 thousand netizens adolescents, and realized that yes sent pictures of genitals, breasts or full nudity showing, that being immediately becomes distributed child pornography in this country. Now, if we talk of the respondents, 35% were aware of the social risks and only 24% of the unknown, then, the researchers conclude that the illegality is what gives more excitement to practice.

It's a trend difficult to treat, as it has the approval of the young, but anyway Cybercrime Brigade of the PDI has clarified that while sexting is not criminalized, can become child pornography to store images, with penalties ranging up to three years in prison.

At this point, the National Youth Service makes a special appeal to parents to prevent and educate your children about the risks of sexual intimacy a person is exposed in cyberspace. With respect to situations where there is a serious violation of the rights of children and adolescents because of this, has Sename brief intervention programs which can assist minors involved in this situation, which is done with psychological therapy children and adolescents to overcome the trauma of exposing your privacy and in which also works to reorient them in how to live healthy sexuality.

THE DANGEROUS INVASIONAttorney Jorge launderers, Director (S) of the National Youth Service (SENAME) confirms that "in Chile there are no laws that regulate this conduct, acts in sexting case carries serious violations of law, as the distribution or storage of images as pornographic material by others. But this is not the only serious consequence of sharing pictures erotic or sensual. Children and adolescents can suffer bullying by their peers, which is why parents should inculcate principles their children about their sexuality and the care that must be online, "asks. Besides, it is important to raise it in school that are committed to prevention.

Anyway, it should be noted that there are lights change, as they say. Last November, the company announced VTR study "uses and habits of young Chileans in social networks", and stressed that in 2008 49% was communicating with strangers, and currently 22% recognized that accepts requests from strangers no friends in common. In addition, four years ago to 6.2% earned a vulnerability in the web, and now 83%. Right.


Although some may think up part of the "new courtship" youth, the dangers are obvious and hide other features.If we talk about a profile of children, research published in the journal Pediatrics, says that teens who engage in sexting are the same as they risk sexually, to the point of not using a condom.

We talked with Raul Carvajal, Clinical psychologist Mary, who has a clear view of the trend considering also that technological progress has changed the way we view and understand the world. Being mediated by a screen, relationships change as we knew, the idea of ​​modesty, intimacy and privacy are no longer the same. "What must be clear is that rather than making a moral judgment, we must try to understand that this generation will bring consequences. Understanding this we can say that what 'normal' is more relative than ever, the speed of change", says.

Why they like as displayed, showing in possess sensual and sexual? "This behavior is explained by various phenomena of life today teenagers. On the one hand, we find a culture centered on the image, the speed of achievement, which adds a certain parental abandonment, due to the time constraints or simply because they do not understand that happens in the life of their child, "he says.

It also clarifies that Raul Carvajal found a relationship mediated by technological artifact display, which allows for a false sense of shelter, and he who looks from the other side of the screen, there seems to be a threat."These behaviors allowed the chance to feel sexy, to transgress certain limits, in an area which is accepted and often meaning as 'woolly' by their peers."

Surely, if you have children at this age you'd guide and know what to say. Well, Carvajal suggests not recommend anything specific, but rather show appropriate behavior. "The issues to be addressed, sincerĂ¡ndolos, you should talk about it as a parent if I have suspicion or fear that one of my children is engaging in conduct of this type. Then always keep a regulation of virtual spaces, since in Children generally do not know themselves. Finally, make a clear demarcation between public and private to avoid conflicts caused this confusion, confusion as promoted by the reality show, that both rating we give. "

And make no mistake, there would be a "good old" to be exposed. "The exception might be the fact that the share images are part of a game between the couple. If so and you both agree, the issue returns to the intimate sphere and there is no conflict," says the specialist.


Jorge Launderers, Attorney and Chief (S) of the National Youth Service gives us useful tips for dealing with sexting.

"The key tool to prevent sexting is communication: parents should not expect any untoward incident happens to talk with their children, they must prevent and speak clearly and directly about the dangers of exposure of sexual intimacy. Parents should emphasize the risks of spreading their images on social networks or through text messages. "" Young people should understand that when you upload a photo on the web you lose control over it, which can viralizar and result in the embarrassment at school or among peers. Moreover, this behavior may involve greater risks, such as cyberbullying or cyberstalking or even can be viewed and spread by adults with sexual interest in children and adolescents. " "Another key point to be talking with their children, is that the post a photo on the web will accompany him throughout his life. Besides the shame and humiliation that can undergo, these photos can be viewed later by their employers or other social groups, endangering their reputation or skills ".

"Parents should promote empathy.'s Not enough to teach the risk to upload your own photos or videos, also should encourage their children not display or images that appear forwarding peers in order to avoid contributing to an environment of harassment".

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