Consequences of Sexting

Sext – a sexually explicit photograph or message sent via mobile device or app.

Whether it’s intended to be flirty, or completely unwarranted, sending or a receiving a sext can become a very serious issue. Take a look at the consequences.

Emotional consequences

When sharing a sext, there is no control over who it is shared with after hitting “send.” The sext could lead to cyber bullying, slut shaming, blackmail or general public shame.

Future consequences

Depending on the fallout of the sext, it could cause a tarnished reputation that could affect college admissions or future employment or, in serious cases, may result in legal consequences. A single lapse in judgement now could have a greater impact on your future. If you receive a sext, don’t show it to anyone, delete it immediately and notify a trusted adult.