Last week we defined “sexting,” for you, and this week we will tell you how sexting can lead to “sextortian.” But, what is “sextortian?” According to childrefuge.org “sextortion has become a new form of online sexual exploitation.” It can be understood as a form of blackmail used to elicit favors from someone with the promise of not releasing their inappropriate images online or to friends or even family members. For example, say a couple is dating, and the girl took pictures of herself to then sent these to her boyfriend via email or via text. When they break up he’ll still have the pictures, and could threaten to put them online if she doesn’t do what he says.
According to an article from Metro NY and Sgt. John Dockswell, who works with Nassau County Police Department community outreach, “Sextortian is on the rise.”
Sextortian, as well as sexting, have grown in many schools across the nation and the world especially where technology and the use of cell phones continue to grow.
This is most certainly something very important to consider before pressing the send button. Remember that once an image is out there, it’s out there forever and for whomever to see! As a precaution and to prevent these kinds of situations from ever happening, parents can monitor their teens SMS messages and emails with WebWatcher Mobile on BlackBerry devices and SMS messages on Android devices.