Should I Stop Sexting Strangers?

Published: January 06, 2020
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I am a teen who has recently started sexting. I have sexted other teens my age but they are technically strangers. is what I'm doing wrong? should I stop?
Signed: Should I Stop Sexting Strangers?

Dear Should I Stop Sexting Strangers?,

Sexting is something that should be taken very seriously, especially when it comes to teenagers. We recommend you stop sexting completely as it can be very dangerous. Unfortunately, due to the nature of today's internet usage, it is very difficult to say that these "teens" are even teens at all! It can be anyone even those who are over the age of 18 trying to exploit young teens. In addition, when something is posted online it is there forever. Once it is out on the internet or social media it is easy to lose control over who sees it and where it goes. 

Not only that but depending on where you live there are specific laws related to sexting. Since TeenHealthFX is based out of Morristown, New Jersey, we will explain NJ law as an example. New Jersey strictly prohibits the sending and receiving of sexual texts or pictures to anyone under the age of 18. If someone is caught with explicit texts or pictures of a minor, they can be charged with possession of child pornography as well as other serious criminal charges. Click here for a link to see other state laws.  

Signed: TeenHealthFX