Sexting: Foreplay via text messaging
A blogger calling herself 'grandiva' claims to have coined the term, which she said stands for sexy text messaging.
Anyone you know could be sexting at the moment. Some of the outgoing texts are extremely provocative, like: "Wanna f***?" The 'grandiva' on her blog quotes a couple's graphic conversation, which goes: "I heard NIN's Closer and thought of you." "What part of the song reminded you of me?" "The f*****g you" "Oh, are you saying you want to do that to me?" "Yeah, I did that the last time we were together. Remember the desk we almost broke?"
Even Carmen Electra talks of sexting in her book How to Be Sexy. In the book Carmen teaches people all manners of lip-quivering, cooing, and smelling pretty and texting. She writes: "I am a texter, I love to text. There is nothing wrong with getting a hot text. I say go for it but be subtle. Express how you are feeling but don't do anything too crazy."
And this trend has now entered the high schools. Teens in US are sexting each other. And many teens are complaining that it's becoming a major concern.
After all, texting inappropriate photos can turn into a criminal matter.
In Utah, 'sexting' led to criminal charges when a parent had found an explicit photo and called police. Several students at one school were found to be texting inappropriate photos.
Also sending out nude photos of an underage teen is legally child pornography. A simple action can lead to devastating consequence.
The person can forever be listed as a sex offender and go to prison. Portland-area prosecutors said parents can also face charges if they know their child is sending racy pictures and allowing it to continue.
Students said the worst part is that one photo can get to dozens of people in a matter of minutes and the photo can end up in the wrong hands.
"(With) the internet, things can get out," said student Heather Taylor. "You know that when you take a picture in the first place."
"I've seen everything from your basic striptease to sexual acts being performed," said Reynoldsburg police detective Brian Marvin, a member of the FBI Cyber Crime Task Force of Central Ohio. "You name it, they will do it at their home under this perceived anonymity.