Think be­fore on­line posts


I of­ten look at things posted on so­cial me­dia and won­der if that per­son has ever thought about what they are say­ing, and what the im­pli­ca­tions might be.

A dig­i­tal foot­print is some­thing ev­ery­one needs to be wary of, so I ask that you think be­fore you post on­line.

Ask your­self things:

Could some­one feel dis­re­spected? Am I re­veal­ing too much about my­self?

Am I show­ing a bad side of my­self? Could some­one mis­in­ter­pret what I am say­ing? Am I post­ing in anger?

Sex­ting is the cre­ation and dis­tri­bu­tion of ex­plicit, nude or seminude im­ages via the in­ter­net or mo­bile phone.

We know that young peo­ple are in­creas­ingly us­ing tech­nol­ogy not only to stay in touch, but by push­ing the bound­aries in what they send and to whom they send it to.

It’s now so easy to send pic­tures in­stantly that we are see­ing in­stances of boys and girls send­ing sex­ual im­ages of them­selves to oth­ers with­out con­sid­er­ing the con­se­quences.

They of­ten find out later that the im­age has been passed on to many oth­ers. these sim­ple

As a re­sult they can be the vic­tims of bul­ly­ing or ha­rass­ment that could have been avoided.

Here are a few rea­sons as to why you shouldn’t sext:

It could be shared with peo­ple you don’t in­tend to share it with.

It might go vi­ral. Imag­ine how you would feel.

You could get a bad rep­u­ta­tion. Adults could see it. Imag­ine your mother, grand­fa­ther, or even your teacher, look­ing at you. How mor­ti­fy­ing!

Fu­ture em­ploy­ers will Google you.

The con­se­quences are too high to risk do­ing it, so why would you.

The think­ing is that the per­son re­ceiv­ing it will keep it a se­cret, but re­al­ity is that they are even­tu­ally go­ing to show some­one and that is when the trou­ble starts.

What you need to think about is, if you are sexted a photo, be­fore for­ward­ing it.

How would you think and how would you re­act if that photo was of you.

Think be­fore you post some­thing on­line. Don’t be­come a vic­tim of your own stu­pid­ity.


Con­sta­ble Merv Hot­ter wants peo­ple to un­der­stand the po­ten­tial con­se­quences of post­ing some­thing re­veal­ing about them­selves on­line.

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