These two types of victimization, premeditated and reactive, are what education about sexting’s risks needs to focus on: * Sexting as sexual harassment.
When someone uses pressure or coercion to get nude or sexually explicit photos from another person, that’s usually a form of sexual harassment.
Young people need to see that pressure for what it is – that it’s inherently disrespectful and abusive, that they owe themselves the self-respect that prevents this victimization, and that there are laws against it in many jurisdictions.
It may feel awkward, but it's important to explain to children the risks of sexting, how to stay safe and remind them that they can talk to you if something ever makes them feel scared or uncomfortable.
This means that photos or videos which a young person may have shared privately could still be end up being shared between adults they don't know.