Sexting and bullying, better prevent than cure

The vocabulary that new technologies have brought is huge. We must mention many terms that previously did not exist, words that unfortunately also define undesirable concepts. An example is the sexting, which refers to the sending of nude photographs and videos through these terminals taking advantage of these devices.

A practice that violates the privacy of those who practice it and that may result in this content from around the world. Before reaching this point it is best to prevent, to teach new generations the danger that these attitudes have and the vitality of maintaining an intimacy. The Internet is a global world and connected, so you should not trust that an intimate material stays in this private sphere.

Warn of the dangers

In the report Net Children Go Mobile Parents are reminded of the importance that parents have in the digital education of their children. Therefore it is advisable to sit down with the young people and remember some basic aspects:

- Active mediation of internet use. Parents have to talk about the contents of the Internet with their children so that when they surf they can distinguish between what can benefit them and what can put them in trouble. For this, nothing better than accompanying them in their visit to the network

- Promote the safe use of the internet. Parents should bet on the use of antivirus and other tools such as content blockers.

- Rules and limits. Parents should remember certain rules before allowing their children to access the internet, such as the prohibition to share private content through these means.

- Review the browsing history of your children to detect possible cases of bullying, sexting or grooming that might not be communicated by the children in the face of the fear that it entails.

The risk exists

This report has also collected the impressions of young people about internet risk. The 18% of the minors surveyed said to have felt annoyed by something they have seen on the internet during the last year that they used the last internet. Bullying, sexting, contact with strangers, these are some of the contents that have caused these feelings in young people.

Among all these points, sexting is one of the most worrisome to the parents and that can put the children in a real problem. Sharing nude images with other people may mean that this content ends up in the wrong hands and being used for criminal purposes.

31% of the minors surveyed admit having received messages with sexual content of some kind (lascivious proposals, nude photographs, pornographic videos, etc.). Although it is surprising the reaction they have had to this situation, since 14% indicate that they felt "very upset"in this context, but 5% or" a little upset. "

The problem of sexting increases with the age. While in the case of children between 11 and 12 years, 19% admit having received messages of this type, this percentage rises to 34% of young people between 13 and 14 years, and 42% for the fringe of 15 and 16 years old.

Damián Montero

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