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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Day 3 - RESPECT

This post written by Detective Bryan Brown who is assigned to the Internet Crimes against Children Unit of the Evansville Police Department.  As part of that job he has been sworn in as a federal law enforcement officer and is assigned to the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force.  His primary responsibility is to investigate individuals or groups using the Internet and/or other online technology to sexually exploit children. 


A girl, 13, sent a topless photo of herself to her boyfriend, who was 14.  When they broke up, the boy sent the photo to numerous teens via cell phone and many recipients forwarded the image to others.  The police found out when one recipient told a parent.  By then over 200 students had received the picture.  The police seized over 150 cell phones from students.

How many of you know of a friend or fellow student that could very easily be in this same situation?  Maybe you could find yourself in this situation someday?  Youth produced sexual images are defined as images of minors created by minors that could qualify as child pornography under applicable criminal statutes.

There are several long term effects that a student can endure if they are producing sexual images of themselves and sharing them with others.  We will touch on a few of those problems that can arise and cause very significant long term damage as well as short term damage.

The first issue that we will discuss is the embarrassment factor.  Some of you may know someone who has already gone through this at your school.  The Evansville Police Department and Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office have already investigated several cases involving youth produced sexual images involving students in the Evansville area.  Law enforcement around the country is investigating more and more of these types of incidents.  Imagine the following being sent to every parent/guardian of a student in your school by your principal.  “Unfortunately, I need to inform you that it has come to our attention that some students have recently sent or received inappropriate images of a sexual nature via cell phone”.  This is part of an actual letter sent home by a principal of a middle school in New Jersey.  In this case the students were given a specific deadline to remove the nude photo of a classmate or they would face possible criminal charges.  Given the way everyone communicates via social networks and text messaging today, how long do you think it took for the name of the student in the photo to be circulated?  Or consider this story out of Pennsylvania.  “Two middle school students are among the first to be charged under a new state law that regulates sexting among teens”.   Courts across the country are being asked to step in and help come up with solutions to help stop the growing problem of youth produced sexual images.  The courts and law enforcement can no longer sit by and consider this a school problem only.  I believe we will see more and more courts across the country putting criminal charges in place that deal directly with these youth produced sexual images.

Not only do you have to worry about the embarrassment factor that could come into play when you put yourself in this situation but there are the long term effects also.  Imagine being turned down to the college you’ve always wanted to attend because of a poor choice you made when you took a picture of yourself years earlier.  Or consider being turned down to work at a job that you’ve worked so hard to get all because you decided to take a picture of yourself with no clothes on and send it to your boyfriend or girlfriend and then it got sent to several other people and on and on.  The realities of this situation are that once you take the picture and send it to someone else, you might as well consider it forever memorialized on the Internet.  There is no way of guaranteeing that a picture has been completely removed from the Internet or other digital media devices such as cell phones, etc.

It is very possible that you may take a picture of yourself for the boy or girl that you believe you are in love with today and send it to him or her.  Shortly after that you break up. Then you find out that the same person you thought you were in love with is using the picture you produced to bully you or have others bully you.  In today’s world we don’t have to find the news, it finds us; most of us have heard stories of middle school and high school students being bullied by other students.  Now imagine being bullied not just by words but also by a picture that you produced of yourself that just will not go away no matter whom you tell or what you try to do about it.  Being bullied in the traditional sense is very physically and emotionally draining on anyone and even more so when you add in youth produced sexual images.  Consider the following real life situation and ask yourself if this could happen in your school or with your friends.  “Two high school girls (A & B) got mad at each other.  They had been friends and had access to nude photos of each other.  Girl A showed a nude photo of Girl B to another girl.  Girl B thought the photo had been shown to many people.  To get even, she sent a nude picture of Girl A to several boys.  Several days later, both girls were in the principal’s office, crying and upset.

This leads us to the final area that we will discuss on this issue.  Again, this is not all of the ramifications of producing sexual images of yourself but it is believed that these are some of the biggest problems students are facing today.  Some of you who are older and are engaging in this type of behavior are putting yourself in a position to possibly be blackmailed.  You’re close to graduation and you’ll be entering the workforce soon.  Those of you in middle school are not immune from this.  You’re just not as close to entering the workforce yet.  As mentioned earlier, these images are not going away.  Just because you’ve graduated high school and college does not mean these images are gone and can never be produced again.  Some of you may be looking to go into careers that involve classified information.  You can bet that you’re going to be asked by the potential employer if there is anything in your background that could put you at risk for being a target of blackmail.  With youth produced sexual images of you floating around in cyberspace, how are you going to honestly answer that question?  You have to remember, if it’s a job that your employer is worried about you being a target of blackmail, your most likely going to have to take a polygraph examination.  Now you may say to yourself that you’ll never enter a job like the ones that require polygraph examinations or where you might handle classified information.  You may work really hard and become a CEO of a company or some other type of executive position and end up involved with negotiating business deals.  Not everyone in the business world uses the best business ethics and could easily use an old picture to gain an upper hand in negotiations.  The fact is, whatever career you choose may be put in jeopardy by some inappropriate decisions you made years earlier when you decided to send nude photos of yourself to a boyfriend or girlfriend or maybe even to someone on the Internet that you didn’t know.  

Some of you in relationships are being pressured or asked to produce these kinds of images. Step back and think for a moment and reflect on your relationship and ask yourself if the other person is treating you with respect and love when they ask you to do something that could be extremely damaging if/when discovered.

Imagine all the embarrassment you try to avoid throughout your middle school and high school years all wrapped up in one picture or video.  Is it worth it?

227 comments:

  1. Respect is the best thing you can do to people and yourself. If you don"t respect others then you won't get respect back. Respect will gain people's trust. I should know because I respect all my friends and they will respect you back also you will gain their trust.

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  2. Embarrassment is a part of your high school and middle school career. If you cant laugh at yourself then you do not respect yourself. If you can not respect yourself then nobody will

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    1. Mitchell - Are there ways to prevent extra embarrassment? Even if you can laugh at yourself, do you think that something like what is discussed in this posting would be easy to laugh off? Or do you think it would take more than that?

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  3. Respect is most important thing that you can do for people and yourself because it shows that your not like everyone else. I think that it's also important to have respect in a relationship because if they don't respect you and your don't respect them, it's pointless to have a relationship.

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  4. It is not worth it trying to impress a girlfriend or boyfriend by sending them nude pictures of yourself. If they want that from you, they are not worth it, you need to be in a better relationship. If you recieve a picture like that from someone just delete it and do not spread it around, you could be charged.

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    1. Brittany - good thoughts and good advice! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I think that it is not worth it because you can take a chance of a bunch of other people seeing it or take a chance of not getting into the college you want or the job what you want. I have been in this kind of situation this year but I put my foot down and told the guy no and quit talking to him. Also you can get into a bunch of trouble so its just best if you dont send it or even take the picture.

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    1. Kaitlyn - Thanks for sharing your story. When you weigh both sides - upsetting or losing a boyfriend/girlfriend versus losing chances at college scholarships and promotions at work later in life, it seems like the benefits of saying no and respecting yourself far outweigh the possibility of losing a boyfriend/girlfriend.

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  6. respect is a good thing because you want to treat others the way you want to be treated.

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  7. Respect is something that is very important. When you do something like this you are not respecting yourself, others and your family. You are embarrassing yourself and your friends. You can't walk with your head held high if people found out about something like this. Your high school/middle school life would be ruined. Respect and trust isn't just there you have to gain it from yourself and from others.

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    1. Very well said Kenzie! A good point to think about what your family would say. Or someone at church. What would they say/think if inappropriate pictures of someone they loved were going around the community. How would your actions impact their lives, not just your own. Good questions to ponder. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. No, its not worth to send that video or picture. Just ask yourself what would your parents say or grandparents. What about your friends even your siblings say, don't let your boyfriend or girlfriend mess it all up for you.

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  9. If you believe you can, you can do anything if you believe. Don't let sombody bring you down just tell them you what a put down is when you hear one. Don't listen to put downs only build ups. Build ups can help you with your goal.

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  10. Respect is highly valued in our society. We show others respect in how we treat them when they are with us and how we speak of them when they are not. While it can be natural to show respect to someone you admire, it is not always as easy to transfer the same respect to yourself. Learn what it means to have self-respect by taking a good look at your attitude, actions and the comments you make about yourself.

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    1. Nicely said Shamonti! How can you put this good advice in the context of the posting for today?

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  11. Speak up if someone you know is being bullied. Find an adult if some picks on you or your friends. If the adult doesn't listen keep on speaking up until someone does something.

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    1. Good advice! Tomorrow we will talk about cyberbullying - I hope you share your thoughts there when we do!

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  13. Respect goes a long way. You have to show respect to get it in return. You should also respect yourself because if you don't then no one will respect you. You should never do anything to impress people. Whatever you do you will regret it later, so think before you say or do anything. Everyone has their embarrassing moments and they should learn to laugh at themselves.

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    1. LaKeiya - If you are a student and would like to be entered in the drawing we need to know your real (full) name. Use your EVSC gmail to post. Share your name here so we make sure you get credit for this post! If you are not an EVSC student, welcome to the conversation!

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    2. LaKeiya - I like what you say about not doing something to impress someone. There is no reason to take the kinds of photos discussed in this article. You may think you are impressing your "significant" other, but if they truly resected you they would not be asking you to do such a thing!

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  14. No its not worth it at all. You're basically throwing all your hard work away over some video or picture. You should think about your future instead of trying to live in the moment. It embarrasses not only you but also your parents. Think twice before you send anything that would /could be used against you after an argument or disagreement.

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    1. Sequoia - Getting caught up in the moment can lead to big problems later on. I totally agree with you. It is important to know who you are, what you believe, and stay true to it. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Speak up if someone you know is being bullied. Find an adult if some picks on you or your friends. If the adult doesnt listen keep on speaking up until someone does something

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  16. I think that its not worth it because its not worth. Because its not worth getting yourself and other people in trouble and mess your life up and other peoples life.

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    1. Blake - If you are a student and would like to be entered in the drawing we need to know your real (full) name. Use your EVSC gmail to post. Share your name here so we make sure you get credit for this post! If you are not an EVSC student, welcome to the conversation!

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  17. Everyday ypun need too respect yourself to build up self confidence otherwise you will be without self confidence. Also someone pointed out that embarassment won't help you if you can;t lagh at yourself because you need to respect yourself.

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    1. Jacob - Does there come a point when being able to laugh at yourself isn't enough to deal with embarrassment?

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  18. I think sending nude pictures of yourself to other students, friends, anybody is just so wrong and stupid. Sending the wrong thing to the wrong people or sending any wrong thing to anybody can really hurt you not just now but in your future too. And if you say that the only reason why your sending this to a person is because you "Love" them, well love does not involve any sort of technology and if you choose to show your love through technology make sure its appropriate and cannot hurt you. It doesn't even half to be a nude pic or video. It can be posting any stupid thing on any website that can offend people or can hurt you in the future.

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    1. Bryan - I agree! Some things are personal, and many times personal information and technology do not mix. The idea that love is demonstrated through nude pictures is ridiculous to me. There are so many other, much more appropriate, ways to express love for another human being.

      What ways can you think of? Anyone chime in!

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  19. I think it is creepy that some one will do that. What makes even more bad is that one of your frends will tell you to do that. Well if the do tell you to do that then they are not your frend.

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    1. kallen37 - If you are a student and would like to be entered in the drawing we need to know your real (full) name. Use your EVSC gmail to post. Share your name here so we make sure you get credit for this post! If you are not an EVSC student, welcome to the conversation!

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    2. Kallen37 - What is your reply when someone says if you don't send me that picture you are not my friend?

      How would you handle it if you received an inappropriate picture from someone? Anyone chime in!

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  20. Respect is worth keeping not breaking. Like the golden rule says do onto others as you would want them to do onto you is really about respect. Respect goes a long way, so think about respect and use in your every day life.

    From, Savannah Stauth

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    1. Savannah,
      I would have to agree with you. Respect does go a long way. If you have it, you might want to try and keep that respect. If you do not have respect people look at you differnet than they would if you had their respect. Respect can also be in you respecting yourself. Just treat others the way you would want them to treat you, as you said, but put more into it. Treat yourself with respect and others will treat you with it. Thanks for this wonderful post and keep on respecting yourslef, and others.

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  21. You should respect everyone even if you don't like the person you should respect others and then they would respect you

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  22. Respect is a little thing that can make a big difference in your life.You have to give respect to recieve it all through your life your gonna need to have respect.If we don't have respect us people were just like animals.Respect can show someone you appreciate them more than they think you do.If you want any respect ever in your life you will give respect to other people.Respect is a big thing in our society that makes a big difference for everyone in the world.Not having respect can get you in a lot of trouble.You could get in trouble with your parents,cops,teachers,bosses,friends,siblings,and you can get in trouble with yourself.So be sure to always have respect for everybody you meet in your life so other people will treat you right during your life and won't ever be treated wrong so just remember to use respect please.You might not think respect is important but it is so when your parents tell you respect is your key to life there not lieing or when they tell you that respect is everything they're still not lieing.Have respect every day please.

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    1. Joshua - Good advice! How does respect impact the discussion presented in today's article?

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  23. A close friend of mine just became discovered and moved to California for acting. His bestfriend since childhood became jealous and threatened to send 100's of people revealing pictures of him. Doing so would destroy his new and future career, modeling, reputation, and opportunities. You can't trust anyone! Don't send, it will come back to haunt you.

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    1. Cynthia - Thanks for sharing. What seems like a simple picture to a boy or girl you THINK you love becomes something that can ruin you later in life.

      We all know that as a society we love to know the dirt on people. The farther you go in life, the more people may want to cut you down. Don't provide them with ammunition to do that!

      Its hard to think about how every action will impact your life in the future, but this is one of the negatives of living in our always connected world.

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  24. Posting bad pictures or sending them in a text message is a very serious thing. Our body is made for us, not for other people to see. People can be sent to jail when doing this. It is especially not right to spread a picture around to other people. The main message is to not send the picture in the first place.

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  25. Having respect is very important in my family. My mom told me that treating someone with respect is the right thing to do. Respect is when someone is acceptionally nice to someone. You can respect others, but it is more important that you respect yourself. If you post bad picutes of yourself, you aren't respecting yourself.

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  26. I think that taking pictures like that is stupid! If you really think that taking pictures like that and sending that is ok, then something isn't right!! If you are immature enough to do that, tehn maybe you don't need a phone to take the pictures with in the first place! Have some respect for yourself and don't send pictures of yourself to people.

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    1. Hannah - If you are a student and would like to be entered in the drawing we need to know your real (full) name. Use your EVSC gmail to post. Share your name here so we make sure you get credit for this post! If you are not an EVSC student, welcome to the conversation!

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  27. How we use our body is a very important thing. People often send pictures of their body to other people which can lead to them being bullied or even worse sent to jail. We should not do this because our body is for us, not for other people. If you get one of these messages tell the person not to do it and to respect his or her body. So, remember don't a message with it in there and and you will not be the laughing stalk of the town, or you won't be regretting while your sitting behind bars.

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  28. When you are going through life, you should respect yourself and respect others. If your boyfriend or friends ask you to do something you don't want to do, there are not respecting you as a person. I personally don't know anyone that's sent someone a picture or text that is inappropriate, but I have heard of it happening. This picture can destroy your life, so don't do it. You need to respect your self, and be a good person.

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  29. Is it worth it? One picture can ruin your life. Do you seriously want to throw your life away for one picture? In my opinion, It is not worth it at all. Even if you think it would be cool, it won't be in the future. Even though I haven't done it, I know it would not be worth it. Don't even try to send a picture to them, you will regret it. I promise you!

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  30. If your holding your future in your hands and you purposely ruin your life by a picture, you've lost your future. Its not fair to yourself to not respect yourself. If someone encourages you to post or send an inappropriate picture, your "friends" are not respecting you or your body. If you think exploiting your body to others is okay, its defiantly not. Don't lose your future while you still have a hold of it in your hands, because before you know it, it will be gone, just by a picture.

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  31. I do not do this type of nonsense. It exhibits a lack of respect for myself. Also, the people that spread it around demonstrate a lack of respect towards me.

    I have turned down multiple requests from girls (whose names will remain anonymous) to send them a picture of my "man-parts." I want people to accept me for who I am and what my character contains, not for what I have between my legs. I have yet to sext and I refuse to do so. Now that I have been aware of the long-term consequences, I can GUARANTEE that I will not be guilty of this.

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  32. You should respect people because it shows that you honor them like me when I go to the navy I will treat my fellow soldiers,and Drill Sargent with respect and honor you should do this so people will respect you back and then you will feel good about your self when you respect some one you will feel good inside if people are mean to you and don't respect you then don't be around them because they don't have any honor in my eyes also think about respect as soul food it makes you feel good about your self that's what I think about respect

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  33. Nah it's not worth it. Getting embarrassed for three years. No just one click of the send button can ruin your life. It's kinda like the article two days ago about Facebook , I mean all i see on their is inappropriate gestures or well other things that we haven't talked about in heath class. I mean i don't want to be inappropriate but it's true though. Basically you just need respect. If you don't have respect in you then as Mitchell Schnarr said then nobody will. It's sad just to see one student just get bullied by others just because she made that photo
    I know about one girl on Facebook who sent a message to her boyfriend. Not much longer until they broke up.The boyfriend used that message against her and the bad thing was she committed suicide by overdosing with bleach. I think it's a little wrong to send a message at all but a girl / or a boy can go crazy over there boyfriend or girlfriend. It's worse because since they broke up now that someone in the relationship would abuse the picture that he / or she gave them. Posting it online and embarrassing them for their whole life is just wrong. Just because a two-week relationship means that you brake up just deal with it.I know it's harsh but we when some and lose some. If you don't have respect then nobody will respect you.At all!

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    1. Ashton - If you are a student and would like to be entered in the drawing we need to know your real (full) name. Use your EVSC gmail to post. Share your name here so we make sure you get credit for this post! If you are not an EVSC student, welcome to the conversation!

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    2. Ashton - thanks for sharing your story. We all need to stand up for those being bullied. It is hard when someone we loved and trusted turns against us. Even harder when they they use pictures against you. The best solution is to not take those pictures in the first place.

      I have to say, though, suicide is never an appropriate option. There is help and a way through situations like these. Tomorrow we will hear from such a resource when we discuss cyberbullying. Know that there is help. And if you have worries about someone you care about you MUST tell someone in a position to help. A teacher, counselor, parent... someone who can help bring the help needed to the person you care about.

      Again, thank you for sharing. Hopefully by sharing your story others will be dissuaded form taking and sharing inappropriate pictures in the first place.

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    3. Definitely committing suicide is not the right option.I am a E.v.s.c student but i am using my evsc gmail but i don't know how to change my name though. My real name is Ashton Schierbaum.Help please

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    4. I've got you taken care of. Just so I know who to give credit to for the drawing. I'll know to link you to Ashton Schierbaum. Keep up the great posts! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Posting or sending nude pictures of yourself shows that you don't have respect for Your body.There are all kinds of people in this world that might say they're your best friend ,but then you do one bad thing and your picture could be every where.Were humans we make mistakes but sending pictures is is not an accidental mistake.You knew what you were doing when you sent it or whatever you did.Then because you did that you could lose a lifetime opportunity.So don't send pictures of yourself to anyone.

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    1. Aron - I agree, taking and sending a picture is not an accidental mistake. Do you think peer pressure often leads to the posting/sharing of such things? How do we deal with that? WHat are your thoughts?

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  35. I think that its not worth losing a job over it.also its not worth getting yourself and other people in trouble and mess your life up and other peoples life.

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  36. It is not worth it at all. i would never send inappropriate pictyres to people like a girl or boy! You should never do it its not worth having your pictures all over the world1 =P

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  37. Kennedy Craig is my full name minus my middle name! =0

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  38. It is not worth it to have a bad reputation just to send a picture of you to a person. If you really cared for your self you wouldn't do that. If you send a pic of you doing something, somebody can find or taunt you because of that sillly photo you sent to someone can ruin you. So if someone were to send a bad pic of yourself it wouldn't be their fault it would be yours for taking that pucture.

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    1. Sunnie - You raise a good point. We must assume that once we share anything, it is shared to the world, that it is no longer private. This is our digital reality. You simply cannot just share a picture with one person and think it will remain private.

      I also agree that one must respect themselves enough to say "no" when pressured or encouraged to take, post, or share inappropriate pictures of themselves. The problems that such an act can have later in life are just too great.

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  39. that's right if you receive a picture of anybody that is embarrassing then you shouldn't think to send it to another person. Just think " Do I want a picture spreading around of me? then don't do it to someone else." it's common sense.

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    1. Katelyn - after you think, "would I want a picture of me like this spreading around" what should you do with the picture?

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  40. i think this is so ridicules what you all are doing. you should not send picturs .do because you might trust that person but but they still can do somthing sniky.so who ever thinks your goin to send a pic stop and think what can happen.

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  41. Is it worth it?... Well, it depends. My answer goes toward what kind of photos or videos were posted about me, and how it affected me. I myself would usually just laugh it off, and forget about it but sometimes I just can't brush it off that easily, and it scars me for a very long time. So, my answer would be no. It wouldn't be worth it. Cause I just wasted a period of time in my life just to get myself in trouble.

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    1. Tam - It is never worth it. A video of you doing something goofy isn't even in the same ballpark as an inappropriate picture of you. The goofy video might cause problem with a job or college; an inappropriate picture might land you in jail and will cause problems exponentially worse.

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    2. Respect is hard to learn and earn. Doing things like this definitely does not earn you respect. Everyone should learn from this. These types of things should never happen.

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  42. Sending pictures of yourself is just stupid. People just need to grow up and stop. It's against the law. I mean why would you even do something like that. It's just plain disgusting. When someone sends you a picture it can be forwarded to other people then everybody would know. This stuff can really get you in trouble.

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  43. Posting bad pictures or sending them in a text message is a very dumb. People can be sent to jail when doing this. It is especially not right to spread a picture around to other people. The main message is to not send the picture in the first place.

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  44. Is it worth it? well depends what kind it is. If its something stupid that i told them they could put online or they knew i didnt care about it, then it wouldnt matter. But i know for a fact, i would never send an inappropriate picutre. Its mostley common sence. You should never give any information like that to anyone. Its not a game or anything to play around with because a lot of people (such as Amanda Todd) take their lives because of a picture that she had sent to someone and it got around, You should always careful with it. Never joke around. Even if you think you can trust them, think to yourself "is it really worth getting around?"

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  45. Is it really worth sharing inappropriate with someone? I believe it is not worth it because this will be on you for the rest of your life. You would be known as that one person who sent a inappropriate. That most likely will never go away once it reaches social networks and the internet in general. It could be on there forever! A goofy video or picture is no where near the risk and embrassment. So end the, don't do it. It is not worth it in the long-term run.

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  46. i think this is a stupid idea but if you want to do it and go to jail go ahead and be my guest. you know once you send that pic it will eventruly get out and it will huant you for the rest of your life.

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    1. Drew - But what if someone takes a picture of themselves and somehow it ends up being emailed to you or sent to your phone. You didn't ask for it, but now you're involved. What do you?

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  47. No its not worth it just wait intil your older, so you dont get in trouble and your out of school but i dont think its even worth it then because you still got all these social sites to. So its not really a good idea because you want get in trouble by the cops if your over the age but like i said you still got social sites and they can post it on there which can still embarsse you really bad.

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    1. Andrew - I don't think it is okay at any age. I think you think so too. Do you?

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  48. I dont know why someone would even want to send pictures of themselves naked to strangers, or even to people that they think will never send to anyone else. Its not worth the risk to lose your future. When that media is out on the internet, you will never be able to hide from it, and be safe.

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  49. Sending pictures or videos to someone that you think you care about could lead to different things. Breakups or fights would cause someone to do horrible things that could possibly and very likely ruin your life. I don't even know why someone would do such a thing because they think the person they "love" would like it.

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  50. There is no way that doing something so inappropriate could be worth it. It's unbelievable how peers lack the respect that people should be given. Maybe the sender doesn't think that the person deserves it after a heated fight. Even if the sender is the victim, they obviously lack the needed respect for themselves. If sending one picture could cause a chain reaction that can affect you or another person's entire future in a negative way, then it probably shouldn't be sent in the first place.

    Think before you click 'send'.

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  51. It would not be worth it. I would never send pictures, and I feel sorry for the people who get caught up in all of this. It could ruin your life, it could follow you everywhere you go, and it could ruin your chances at college and a nice job. Sending pictures or videos like that is not good, and I hope this article helps to stop some of it.

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  52. I could not imagine trying to make it through middleschool and highschool with this in the back of my mind. Anyone at any time could bring up this subject. It would be so embarrassing. It would be hard to make it. I do not think i will have this problem, because doing this would be disrespect myself.

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  53. no it is not worth it. It is nasty and makes you look like a horrible person. People look down on people that do nasty things like that

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  54. What the wise would say, think before you act.So I think that girl who sent that inappropriate picture of herself should have done that.Sending inappropriate pictures to someone is not worth loosing the ability to get a job or loose your friends.

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  55. I do not avoid anything because I have nothing to avoid. I do not do anything that would look bad. I do however think that it is not worth having to avoid things, you just don't do things that can be bad later.

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  56. I think that it is a very embarrasing thing to do, as far as putting certain pictures of your self up on the internet or on your phone. I personally would never put anything up like that but people are different and that is all that matters. I dont agree with anyone putting anything up on the computer that is caterogized as inapropriate.

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  57. It would so not be worth getting into all of that trouble over something that stupid. If someone liked you enough and respected you enough, then they wouldn't ask you to do it. It also wouldn't be worth not being able to get the job you worked so hard to get.

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  58. I think if someone sends something out like that then they deserve to be punished. It may seem wrong to but they did it to themself and they should be smart enough to not put something out like that.

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  59. It is not worth it to be the person who sent the photo to you boyfriend/girlfriend. If they say "if you don't send it to me then they are most likly not the person you want to be with. Don't talk to the people that talk like that. It could put your career/job on the line and you wont make it in life, if you do that.

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  60. No, I definitely don't think that it is worth it. Why do you want to take a picture of yourself in the first place? Your body isn't something you need to show to the world. Even after you take a picture, a few days later you will regret it and be in fear of the picture getting out. Play it safe and steer clear of this.

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  61. I think this is discusting! It is not worth loosing your respect others have for you. This is not OK to do this, espessially at this age! I mean, this is wrong whatever age you are! You should know that when you send a picture like that to someone, they will show others. Taking pictures like this is inappropriate and wrong. It is terrible what she did and I hope that everyone learns from this event.

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  62. I just think it is ridiculous when people even think about doing something like this. It isn't right to do that to yourself. You are pretty much telling him to send it to other people. Especially if you even think if you are going to ever get in a fight with him. You know what will happen if that happened. Even if you aren't fighting, any guy would send that to their friends.

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  63. This is so true! I read a story about a girl who's father was a candidate for congress, and had been campaigning daily. One guy commented on her facebook picture that she was really pretty and he was a photographer and wanted to have her come to his apartment so he could have a photo shoot of her. She was flattered, and jumped at the modeling opportunity. When she went, he took a lot of pictures, then had her remove her top. She did, and the photo shoot resumed. When the photo shoot was complete, the photographer hacked her facebook and put the pictures up. What happened went viral, and the father's reputation was ruined. His whole career and all his campaigning efforts went down the drain. When someone asks you for pictures of yourself without clothes on, you have to know to stop there and leave. You have to be strong enough to say no.

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  64. Is putting inappropriate images and comments about yourself worth it? The answer is no. I have seen a situation like the one described above, and even though the momentary feeling of rebellion and excitement may seem fun in the beginning, it is anything but fun in the end. It is devastating to watch a person start as an excellent student, who gets good grades and would never think of doing anything wrong, to a person who becomes lazy and starts putting other priorities above their family or schoolwork. In conclusion, I think teens need to look at these examples, and try to picture their lives in the future. Thirty years from now is it going to matter what boyfriend you had in eighth grade? Is that something you are going to put on your job or college application? If it is not important then, it is definitely not important now, so think first before you make a courageous decision like posting a nude photo of yourself. There could be more consequences than embarrassment.

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  65. It is not worth it. Getting in trouble and having everyone know about it doesn't sound very good to me. First, it would harm your chances of getting a job and into college. Second, it would just be embarrassing, I wouldn't want to be seen as that kind of person. No one will want to be seen with you or even know that your their friend. So in the end it isn't worth going through that

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  66. Why, would someone even do this in the first place? That is the first thing I asked myself. When we read on I realized, that people think they are cool when they do it and really are not. There is no point to ruin your future with one bad choice.

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  67. Its not worth it to embarrass yourself. If you choose to do something so inappropriate, its on you. It reflects on how you are as a person to others, and your future... it can effect your future job, your future life. Just don't do it, plain and simple.

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  68. I don't think it's worth it. To send a naked photo of somebody or yourself. Theres no since in it.

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  69. I believe that you should never document yourself in that way. If you can, you should keep a low profile anyway. I know the two are oppisite extremes of the online spectrum, but lots of things can jeporadize privacy. A picture online stays there, and that includes phones. Sexting is always a bad idea

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  70. No it is not worth it. As the article said, anything you put on the internet stays there. Think before you act, because the moment you click send, the image is stuck in cyberspace. The person who receives this potentially embarrising picture is now in full control, and could blackmail you. So it is definitely not worth it.

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  71. Sending one video/photo is not worth it at all. It causes a lot of problems and can get you in a lot of trouble. You could possible be throwing away your future job, school, or career. People dont forget something like that, once people see something like that , its takes awhile for it to blow over. But they will never forget and the picture could still be out there. Your reputation will be ruined and people will see you as a different person .

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  72. It isn't worth it. Letting a million people see a revealing picture of you isn't worth the humiliation you'll receive.

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  73. I have a friend who was put in a situation where a boy she knew started asking her to send him pictures of herself in sensitive areas via text. She immediately said no because she didn't know the boy very well and was uncomfortable with sharing pictures of herself with him. Now, a year later, she says she is glad that she refused to send this boy pictures because she realized that he could have sent them to others or used them against her. My friend's story has inspired me not to put myself in any situation like this, and to always respect myself.

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      How important is it to surround yourself with friends who inspire you like this? How can we all be better friends and support one another so that our friends don't make bad decisions like this? What do you think?

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    2. I think everyone should choose their friends wisely. You are who you surround yourself with. This is why it is very important to have friends and role models that inspire you. You should also teach your friends to respect themselves and be a role model for them so that they will not make bad decisions like this.

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  74. If you do that it can ruin your entire life it will go on your record, and when you grow up and try two get a job they will see it on your record and you won't be able to get a job. Then you will become homeless all because of one photo.

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  75. Sending naked pictures to another person is not worth the embarrassment. I dont think people should send it to any one would be stupid to do. Do not trust anyone

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  76. Before you post something on a social media sight or send someone to a friend via text message, you should always think about who will actually see and the risk that it could be sent and shown to multiple people.

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  77. No. Sexting is simply not worth it. If you sext your girlfriend, but then break up with her, there is sufficient ammo being provided for her to get back at you. She can ruin your life in more ways than you realize.

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  78. Sending pictures like the ones listed above are not worth it. In my opinion why send a picture. If you love them so much they shouldnt have to see you in a picture. They could or should see you in person.

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  79. Sending a naked photo to someone is dumb. It is common sense to not do that because no matter how much you think you trust someone they will always send it to someone else. A lot of people don't have common sense to not do that though.

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  80. I don't believe that "sexting" or sending nude pictures of yourself is worth it. Yes, emotions may take over in the heat of that moment, but think of it in the long run. What if something happens between you and that other person? What if he shows people? What if it gets out to the public? Those consequences severly weigh heavier than the significance of you sending a nude picture!

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  81. Having respect for yourself is one of the best things that you could possibly do. If you are willing to send out pictures and/or videos of yourself to someone with or without being asked, then you don't respect yourself. I've seen and witnessed plenty of these kinds of things. It's definitely not worth the shame and embarrassment that you would be given.

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  82. In my opinion I do not think sending images of yourself is worth all of thee troubles and humiliation that comes with it. I feel as though if someone really cared about you enough they would not need to see a picture of your body naked or anything. Nobody is worth that much. The person you send the picture to may show other people, and you would never know. Don't let anyone take those personal values from you.

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  83. Revealing yourself in a image is not worth it in any situation a person is in. It is a sense of respect that you have for yourself. If you respect yourself enough you know it would be a foolish thing to do. You can not trust any one that much to do such a thing out of respect for yourself.

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  84. Just one little picture that you took could end up ruining your whole life. A picture isn't worth taking away a successful life. It doesn't matter whether or not you're going to send it to people, the picture could still find its way around and soon enough everyone will have seen it. The point is that you should never take a nude picture of yourself because it's not worth the embarrassment or your life.

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  85. Personally, giving up everything for one picture, and a signle video is not worth it at all. I believe that children my age are throwing their lives away for a picture that doesn't mean anything to them. I have personally been apart of this incident, however, I was giving a second change and I have made it count. I have not asked for pictures, but I have recieved them from a friend. I almost was charged of child pornogrophy until I was proven innocent from my cellular records. Ever since this inncedent I have turn my life around and no longer associate myself with any of that nonsense.

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      Thanks for sharing your story. We all make mistakes but not everyone learns from theirs! Not only have you learned but by sharing your story you are helping others learn without having to go through what you did. Thank you.

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  86. Everyone has a choice, so "is it worth it?" probably not, but it was their decision. Having respect for yourself and others is important, so does it matter, most of the time yes. But sometimes and some professions you don't have a lot of respect, even if you are not given the choice. . . but if you wanted your whole life sum'd up in one photo, i'd want it to be a little more decent.

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      We can tie this into our discussion from Monday - just as those positive pictures speak 1000 words about you and your character, so can one inappropriate photo speak 1000 words about your judgement and values.

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  87. Honestly, sending pictures is not worth it. It puts yourself at risk, along with others who recieve the pictures. Sure you may think that you are in love and it feels like the right thing to do, but in reality, it will only come back to hurt you. You are disrespecting yourself whenever you send pictures like this and it allows others to treat you poorly.

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  88. Sending naked pictures is an extremely personally thing for someone to do, and isn't it ironic that people want these things to be personal yet the share over social media or text, something that thousands of people can view. To be blunt, most high school relationships don't make it out of the water. In fact many, adult marriage don't last very long. So is it worth sending highly private picture that can be used against you to someone? No.

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  89. Doing that kind of stuff you can basically ruin your life. This is almost like what people said about Facebook, "What you put on the internet, stays on the internet." Don't send nude pictures of yourself, it will tear down your self esteem, a lot of kids commit suicide because of how much they are bullied. It's not like you have to send a picture like that, not even to your husband, you may trust them at that time, but if you get a divorce, that may change. The thing is, just don't do stuff like this.

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  90. Honestly, your whole reputation and future isn't worth one picture. If you make that mistake, you had better hope that someone doesn't become angry with you because it can ruin your life for that moment and possibly in the future. Unless you plan to be an adult model or star, sending out these kind of pictures probably isn't the best idea.

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  91. It's not worth it. It's not worth being judged your whole life all because a decision you made at a younger age. Sending a picture or video to someone could get around to anyone, possible even your future boss. From there, he or she could decide not to hire you. So this could very easily ruin your future

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  92. I know people who have been in a situation like this, including myself. I went to school with a girl who sent dirty pictures to a guy she liked and he sent them to everyone in his email. Those people who recieved the pictures forwarded them to the people in their contacts and so on and so on. It is not a good idea to send nude pictures to another because no matter how much they say the feel for you, we are young and naive. Things in high school don't last forever and you shouldn't believe any cute face that tells you he loves you. It would be an embarrasment to find yourself in that situation and to have your friends, family, co-workers, and teachers find out about and/or see them. My advice would be to not trust anyone with scandalous pictures or else it could deeply effect your future.

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      I agree that high school is not forever. However, when we talk about your digital high school life it does live forever. Do you think those pictures may come back to haunt that young lady later in her life? A tough thing to have over our head.

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  93. The only answer to this is do not send nude pics of yourself to anyone. Yeah a guy or girl may say he/she loves you but when you 2 break up there is not a single guarantee that says he or she won't use them against you. Guys especially will show them to other people because they think it makes them look cooler to be able to say "yeah i tapped that" or bro check this out." It gets to be sick sometimes because once its out there everyone is talking about it. The person that sent this deserves his/her privacy, yet again he/she lost their privacy when they decided to show someone a nude photo of themselves so once they send it there is no getting it back or erasing it. The photo is forever out their for anyone now to see it. Ladies and Guys please think about this before you go sending photos of yourself to others

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  94. Even if you don't like a person you should still be respected full to talk to them if they talk to you first.

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  95. I think this is ridiculous! First of all, why would two girls be taking nude pictures with each other in the first place? Second of all, why would they send them to everyone? I think it isn't worth it to have all of my embarrassing moments in a video sent to everyone and it would be, well, EMBARRASSING! Although I would never take a nude picture or send one of anyone else to anybody, I think it was very rude and mean no matter what they do to deserve it. Now the girls have lost all pride and integrity they had before. Haven't you ever heard the saying,"Two wrongs DON'T make a right?" Our generation is so messed up and we need to think before we act and speak. This is what I think on this situation and how they don't have respect for themselves or each other!

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  96. Respect is a big thing and it can make a big difference to a person. When you show respect it makes someone like you. They like it means that you are nice and not mean.

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  97. People can do some really mean things, but you don't want them to stop your life from being good. Don't let people roin (how ever you spell that word) your wonderful life.

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  98. MY THOUGHTS ABOUT RESPECT... respect is part of showing pride (prepared respectful individuals who are determined to excel) respect is one of the most important things in showing pride. You show respect to your freinds and family by being nice to them, telling the truth, doing favors when asked to do them, and many more! one thing you dont want to do is be disrespectful. like sending nude pics of yourself to someone. that couls get both of you in lots of trouble. just having the picture on your phone, sending the picture, or recieving the picture and keeping it. i believe that you shouldnt have a phone if you are below 15 years old since its the young poeple with the pornagraphy nowadays. i noticed that most immature kids dont show respect to their parents or themselves, heres how. when they go on to innappropriate websites that ask you if you are 18+, they click yes even though they are really 13 or 14. Also most kids dont show respect to their parents by lieing to them about something they have done or something that has happened. A nother thing, most kids also dont show respect by stealing from the fridge or sneaking their phone to school. i think that if all of this nonsense would stop the world would be a much happier place there wouldnt be any embarrasment or harrasment. there wouldn't be any idiots to rob the banks or murder a ton of 1st graders. all you need to do is show respect. cant you guys see? We could be happier. imagine a world with everyone thats happy. you may think that its impossible but with respect, its not.

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  99. When you take pictures of yourself, are you safe about it? When the one you love pressures you to take a picture that's inappropriate,Some would say no and some would say yes. They would because it could break the relationship, but saying no would show how much that person loves you back. Even to get popular the answer should be no. Your long life dream could make or break depending on what you post, and past pictures. Don't post pictures that you think could ruin almost your whole life!

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      Also, assuming that a couple truly is in love, wouldn't they want one another to have the best possible opportunities? This can't be if a sexting scandal goes public. That could haunt them forever. Thus, wouldn't those who truly love one another not want to get involved in something like this?

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  100. Honestly, I think this is ridiculous and definitely not worth it. People should have enough self-esteem and respect for themselves that they wouldn't do that. Also, if you ever do get a picture like that you should immediately delete it. You should have enough common sense to know that it isn't right. Plus, you could end up in trouble for having it.

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  101. Sending a picture to someone you "trust" is not worth losing certain opportunities. Self respect is just as important as respect from others. If you don't have enough self respect to not let these things happen, then other people will not respect you. You do not want something like those things to be found and to be ashamed of later.

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  102. Is it worth it? No, and it never will be. Just imagine that you've kept a 4.0 all throughout high school in honors and advanced placement classes. You just graduated high school as Valedictorian of your class with the Academic Honors diploma. You think your all set to get into just about any college, but then none of them will take you because of an inappropriate image you shared with your girlfriend/boyfriend years earlier that has spread. Wouldn't that just be absolutely terrible? If anybody at all shares an inappropriate image like this, I believe that they lack self-respect, and in my opinion, I don't think anybody can be successful without having self-respect. Also, if you know any body that is thinking about sexting with their girlfriend/boyfriend, try to talk them out of it. If you can't, then get help from an adult that you trust because you don't want your friend doing anything that could possibly have a negative affect on them in the future.

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  103. Before you even think about taking a picture of yourself, or sending one of someone else, think about the consequences that will with out a doubt lie ahead. It may be tempting but if you did send one to someone else, you one, aren't respecting the persons purity, and two aren't respecting yourself. It is so important that everyone is aware of what harm this could do to the rest of your life.

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  104. If you are going to have a social media account, you need to have self-respect. Without self-respect, you might make the wrong choices about what you put online or what you send to a friend. My parents check my phone weekly; they look at my pictures and at my photos. I know that my parents trust me enough to not post something inappropriate online, but I'm still glad they watch over me. The sad truth is that those kids that do not have enough self-respect to make sure everything they post is appropriate, probably don't have parents that check their devices. I think it is very important to have self-respect if you are going to have a phone or a social media account.

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  105. Sending inappropriate pictures should not happen in the first place. People need to realize that the picture could come back and haunt them in the future. It is also not worth the embarresment that you will have during the time period that you send the picture.

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  106. I think you should think before yo post a picture on through texting or the internet because you never know how might be watching.

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  107. Sending a picture isn't worth it. The person you send it to isn't going to be the only one that sees it. Before you know it everyone you know is going to see this picture. Your reputation and self-respect is gone. Something like this never goes away. Colleges can even find out about this, and because of this they might not except you years after this has happened. Sending one picture can pretty much turn your life around, and it isn't worth it.

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  108. Sending just one inappropriate picture of yourself could hurt you greatly in the future. Whether it is getting a job or getting into a good college, it would not be worth losing, for just one picture. So, don't get yourself caught in the trap of inappropriate pictures.

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  109. I agree with this 100%. Young teens all over the world are sending nude pictures to the ones they love and end up getting humiliated. Sending nude pictures can easily ruin your chances of getting into a college you wanted to get in. It can also ruin your popularity in school, if one bad picture gets shown throughout the school then everyone will make fun of you. If the one you love asks for a nude picture do not send it to them, if they really loved you they wouldn't have asked for one in the first place.

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  110. I completely agree with the article, and no it really isn't worth it, but should things like this be even happening in the first place? I don't know why people would feel obligated to go and take pictures of themselves and give them away. I really find this hard to believe that our society as a whole is having problems with this. Your almost setting yourself up for trouble when you do this, because I'm positive that nothing good can come from this. Think about it, it isn't a good choice to take a photo like that.

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  111. It is 100% not worth it because people will bully you for the rest of your life. Getting bullied is bad enough in itself, but getting bullied because of a inappropriate picture is much worse. If you are trying to get into a college of any sort and they look up your name on the internet and that comes up, you will not have a good chance getting into that college. That girl will regret doing that her whole life and just because of one little photo. I would have never done that in a million years. That is wrong for a person to do something like that.

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  112. This would not be worth it. All the attention that would come up about me. All the name calling. The trouble I would get in with my parents. Also all of the respect that I would lose. It would be a very hard emotional time and physical time. For now I think that I'm safe. I don't have a girlfriend. So for now I have no risk of sending sexual pictures. Even if I would have a girlfriend I don't think that I would be involved in sending sexual photos. So I'm going to keep away from things like this and hopefully will stay out of trouble.

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  113. Reading this I realize how stupid us kids can be. I would never even think of even taking a nude photo- let alone send it to someone. I am sad to say that the people who might end up doing this in the future probably won't ever read this, or maybe I'm wrong. I think it is good to get this message across. I would never do something like that because when I do something I always think, "What will I say about this 30 years from now?" What would I saw about something like that 30 years from now? I would probably say something like, "Why could I be so stupid, if I wouldn't of done that i could of gotten into a college of choice, and been whatever I want to be."

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  114. Putting yourself in positions that are uncomfortable or inappropriate can be harmful. I believe that it is definitely not worth it, to put yourself even at a risk of becoming upset. Sending inappropriate pictures or messages is immature and dangerous.

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  115. It would definitely not be worth it to ruin your entire high school and middle school life just to send one picture. If you are being pressured by your friends to send nude photos, you probably should not be friends with them in the first place. Not only would your entire high school and middle school life be effected, but also any job you have in the future would be effected as well. You would be turned down by some job employers because of immature behavior in the past. Once something has been put on the internet, you can never remove it. You could be 80 years old and find your nude photo of you when you were 13 somewhere on the web. You should definitely think of the consequences before ever posting anything on the internet.

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  116. No, it is not worth it one bit. Sending inappropriate pictures will never be worth worrying through life. In my opinion, it is also very trashy and unattractive. It's just not worth it!

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  117. I definitely know that it is not worth it to send someone an inappropriate image of yourself to someone. In today's world, it has become to where almost anyone can access your photos via internet or social media. I strongly agree with the text above with the fact that what you take pictures of now can reflect your future tomorrow. Thousands of teens have been blackmailed with their own photos and gotten into a whole lot of trouble. Some have even lost their jobs/ college scholarships! Sexting is a horrible and unnecessary action that can ruin your future forever.

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  118. This is a very serious topic. Some people may think that schools do not have problems like this, but every school goes through it. When you have a phone, one of the most important things is understanding that everything on the internet is permanent. If you do not realize this, then you might have a problem online. You also need to have self-respect. Another way to avoid having these problems is having parents check phones. My parents check my phone, and I have never had any trouble. I know how to be safe online, but I do not mind my parents checking my phone. Sending or posting a picture that you think will make you look good is not worth ruining your career.

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  119. I actually agree with the article because lets say you sent a picture to your boyfriend and then he sent it to his friends and then his friends send it to their friends and so on then you would get into trouble and be put on a sex offenders lists for the rest of your life.

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  120. First of all, you should respect yourself in what you do and have self-esteem. Self-respect does not only mean you get respect from others, but you also have to respect yourself and if you do not have respect for yourself then you really can't get mad if other people don't respect you. If you send inappropriate pictures to people that you think you can trust, you are pretty much exposing yourself to the world. You don't have respect for yourself if you don't even care if you send an inappropriate picture to people that you think you trust. So, what I am trying to say is that if you send naked pictures of yourself to other people, you don't have any respect at all for yourself.

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  121. respect is every thing to people now a days because something like that should not be out there at all because that is sick to text to people . So people should delete it with out any one saying anything .

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  122. repect is the key if u take a nude picture of your self it does not make you popular.Also if you send a picture to people when see it uyou can lose friends and trust

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  123. Sending pictures is not worth it. Once you have taken and sent something like this, it is never gone. Someone can easily have access to this! Pictures like these have many consequences, and put backs. You might think you love someone or your in love with each other, but you will never know how long it will last. Posting or sending these things are not appropriate in any way. I wish that more people would realize that there is nothing good about something like this. No one should ever put them selves through this situation. Have self-respect for yourself, and do the right thing. It's not worth it!

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  124. Sending nude pictures is one of the stupidest things you can do. If you feel like you really love each other, you should respect both you and your boyfriend or girlfriend by not sending them.

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  125. Sending a picture isn't worth having your life ruinned over a picture.Some girls do it just becuase a guy sayed he loved her.Is it worth it?NO

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  126. sending pictures like that is not worth it. its just shows that you have little respect for your self to send a picture like that over a phone to someone like that, just because your boyfriend and girlfriend doesnt mean thats okay, just have some self respect for yourself. especially young kids like that, if my kids were doing things like that at the age of 13 i would be dissapointed

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  127. It is dumb and everything like that, grow up and don't do that. That is purely immature and just grow up.

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  128. You should think before you send a picture or post one on the internet. You shouldn't be taking inappropriate pictures of yourself in the first place. You should have enough self-respect to be smart about sending pictures and posting stuff.

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  129. Respect. To most people, respect means bring friendly to one another. I've been through many situations where my respect for others has been tested.
    Respect is not only how you feel about someone but how you feel about yourself.
    If you don't show respect for yourself, then anything you do could potentially be bad.
    Using the nudity subject as an example, these things can easily backfire on you.
    If I were to send a nude picture to my boyfriend (I do not have one.), then it could easily turn my life around.

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  130. This blog is a very good idea to mention this kind of topic. It's alright to send pictures to each other, but they should not be inappropriate! It can be used against you, and shown to way more people than you wanted. It will most likely mess with your life, and I am sure that you don't want this to happen. You make think the person you "love" loves you back, but if you got into some kind of argument with them, they could send that picture to everyone. It is defiantly not worth it, so don't do it!

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  131. No, I would not want all of my life in a video. It would not be right. How can someone be punished for someone else sending them a nude photo. That is not right. People should not do those things.

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  132. I have heard all of these things before from my parents and at a few school functions. It defiantly isn't worth it! One little personal object can ruin your whole life. I actually know of a person who sent a picture like that and it ended up bad. Both people in the picture were expelled and a few people who got the pictures and wouldn't delete them were suspended. I honestly think anyone who asks you to send a picture like that should have more respect for you. If your boyfriend/ girlfriend really cares about you they wouldn't pressure you into that let alone send it to someone else!

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    1. Annabelle - Well said! If someone REALLY cares about you they would NEVER as for you to do something that could potentially ruin your future. Love is about the joining of futures - would you want yours joined with someone who has hampered their's with nude pictures and other inappropriate Facebook posts?

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  133. In my school today. I have not really noticed that this kind of information is getting around. Although, once in 7th grade a person had sent a nudity picture to a friend. When people make that decision it can ruin your life. Inappropriate behavior is more common in Middle Schools today and now with more technology, information can not be controlled and it goes around to quickly. I know that everyone as done something embarrassing or something they regret. That is what I think about respect.

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  134. It is good to resect others they will respect you if you respect them.You dont want people not liking you cause you disrespect them.

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  135. Sending pictures are not worth it at all! You may think you are in love with someone, but you're only in middle/high school. It probably won't last that long. Doing that has many consequences. It shows that you don't have any self respect and it's very inappropriate. More people need to realize that sending pictures can ruin your whole life. Don't do it. It's not worth it!!

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  136. Nude pictures: not worth it. It can seriously ruin your reputation. The last thing you want is everybody at your school or your employer seeing your 13 year old girlfriend topless

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  137. I think that if someone asked you to do something like this you should never do it.It will come back to haunt you and it's not a very smart choice.If you send it to someone who was just using you there most likely going to black mail you.The middle school kids that do this they are obviously not mature enough to have a phone or even a computer and that goes for high school kids to

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    1. Kylie - Do parents have a responsibility to check on their child's phone usage until they feel they are mature enough to make good decisions regarding its use? How about schools/teachers? Do they have this responsibility?

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  138. There is no reason to send anything that can be sexual in any possible way over a text or message. No matter how much you believe that person wont show anyone or resend it, they always can. Teens and children under 18 must realize that you can never truly be safe over the internet. This article explains exactly why.

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  139. A picture is worth a thousand words, unfortunately, those words aren't always kind. It's just like me posting on the blog, once I put it up, it will be on the internet forever. Words can't be taken back just like pictures. Every thing we do has consequences good and bad,my English teacher always says "think before you post" and I try and follow this when ever I'm on the internet.

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  140. No, it is definitely not worth it! Before you send that picture, you need to realize everything that would result from it. You may have perfect grades, but if you have a picture of you floating around on the internet, it could keep you from getting the job you want in the future. You can say that you were younger then and didn't know better but that does not change anything. Sending a picture of yourself can hurt you more than you think it will, so keep that in mind before you push the send button.

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  141. No, there is nothing good that can come out of sending a nude picture to somebody. You might think you are in love with somebody, but to be honest nobody our age can possibly be in love and another student at the age of 13 or 14. Sending nude picture's will just be a negative thing, not a positive! Respect is a huge factor in life and also it means alot to poeple, and I would want people to think good of me.

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  142. Using this can cause immediate in-satisfaction from the person you are dating, or even from your friends alone. Sending these photos can cause a lot of people to suggest who you are and how you act. Picture this, a girl has just sent a picture of herself nude to the person she is dating. Afterwards, she and her boyfriend have just broken up after the recent activity of sending this picture. Her ex- might be a little cocky about dating you before, and might have wanted to "shove it in his friends face". So the person will have posted it or sent it some where to the friend. Once the friend receives this picture, he or she will send it to other people regarded as "friends" about the news of this picture. Doing this will cause mass anger on the sender of the picture. Considering if the ex- will be mad at the friends, the parents will be mad at the ex- and all of the receivers will blame it all on the girl.

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  143. Wow everything you said is true. I agree with everything you said. I do say that is you send a naked picture of yourself it can ruin your life. That happened to a girl at my school and she moved away it was so bad.

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