n Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine - Sexting - no child's play

Volume 108, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 1015-2385


Benny and Angie are both 14 years old and have been together for three months. Benny sends Angie a text which says: "Send me a sexy photo of you wearing nothing." Angie is worried that Benny will "dump" her if she doesn't, so she sends him a naked photo of herself via WhatsApp on her cellphone, asking him to promise that he won't show it to anyone else. He assures her that he won't. However, it's not long before he sends the photo to his friend. Within less than a week, almost everyone in school has seen Angie's naked photo. This is just a simple example of sexting, which is something that thousands of South African children engage in, often with devastating consequences.

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