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How do Kids See Sexting?

Ever heard about sexting? Well, apparently, it’s all the rage now. Stats say that at least 1 in 5 teens has been involved in it. Yikes! So don’t think that because you haven’t caught your teen or child in the act, they haven’t done it.   Sexting is a phrase coined from the morphing of the two words actively involved; ‘Sex’ and ‘Texting’. Because of the increased use of this phrase, in 2010, the Oxford English Dictionary added the word to their lexicon. They defined it as “the sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone”. Although these images are mostly sent and received using mobile phones, they also could be done using a laptop computer or tablet. […]

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Teen Code: Sexting Slang Manual for Parents (Part 1)

Have you even mistakenly come across your child’s chat history and come off totally lost? Do you feel as though you and your child or teen live in entirely different worlds?   Well, congratulations, you are not alone. Let me be the first to welcome you the club of parents of teens and tweens. LOL (btw, that means Laugh out Loud).   Fear not, as usual, we at PGX have you covered! Here’s a list of all the new, hip and trendy lingo your child uses in sexy texting including emoji and what they mean. You’re welcome ?   **Beware, some of them are pretty graphic**   It’s heartbreaking realising that this isn’t even all the slangs, the list continues here. […]

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Teen Code: Sexting Slang Manual for Parents (Part 2)

The numerous ways our kids try to lock us out of their lives are evolving by the day. We just had to create another list to expose more of the secret codes our kids and teens are using to sext.   **Beware, some of them are graphic** Don’t worry if that list got you overwhelmed, or If you caught your child or teen using any of these slangs.   Adolescence is a stage of life characterised by risk‐taking without an adequate understanding of the dangers of those risky behaviours.   Help your children understand the dangers of sexting. Here’s how to discuss sexting prevention with your kids

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This new form of sexting should worry all parents. Emoji Sexting: The New Trend

We now know a lot of the language our children use in sexy texting; we are finally up to date. Right? Wrong! While we were figuring out how to use social media and learning from websites, our children have tried and succeeded – yet again – to be one step ahead of us.   Why bother in typing long texts or acronyms, when they can easily send emoji that only they would understand.   Here’s the inside scoop on what emojis mean what and how your children/teens/tweens may be using them. You can close your mouth now. We were just as surprised. And what’s more, these emojis can be combined in a lot more ways to infer a lot more […]

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Everything parents need to know about Sexting

Since the advent of the internet, there have been things that have not caused concerned to parents. Unfortunately, this is NOT one of them. This article would explain why and would increase your concern for your child’s safety on the subject. What is Sexting? Sexting is a phrase coined from the morphing of the two words actively involved; ‘Sex’ and ‘Texting’. Also called ‘Sexy Texting’, the word added to the lexicon of the Oxford English dictionary in 2010 due to its increased usage.   They defined it as “the sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone”. Although these images are mostly sent and received using mobile phones, they also could be done using a laptop computer.   […]

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Why do teenagers sext?

Honestly, is there any reason why teenagers do things other than peer pressure? We have studied related research on the subject and have found out that the following are the most popular reasons why teenagers sext. 1. To get noticed Maybe it’s just that they aren’t getting enough attention at home or feel lost in the crowd or perhaps just as is the norm with every generation that passes, teens all want to get noticed. By boys, by girls, their parents and even by influential adults in their lives.   Attracting the attention of others, especially of the opposite sex, makes them feel special. And they can do whatever it takes to get just a little of that attention, including […]

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Sexting has negative effects on your child’s mind.

Forget the fact that sexting is illegal in a lot of countries, or that it can lead to a lot of dangers like online grooming, sextortion and cyberbullying. Barring the fact that children/teens who sext are more likely to be involved in vices (like drugs and alcohol), frequent sexual intercourse and intentional pornography consumption.   As horrible as those are, research shows that sexting also has many even more harmful side effects on a child’s mind. 1. AGGRESSION, TRUANCY, DRUG USE Bradshaw, O’Brennan, & Sawyer say students who are victims of sexting may be more prone to engage in school fights (Aggression) and other risky behaviours.   Sexting can also be very instrumental in promoting psychological issues like drug addiction, […]

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How to discuss sexting prevention with your under 6 year old

With our children becoming more tech-savvy by the day, playing iPad games before they know what games even are. They share their feelings online even before they can speak or understand what emotions are. They even have virtual friends before they start school. It should come as no surprise to us that they may already be sexting before they know what sex is. Hence the urgent need to help them understand the dangers of the online world.   Somehow, whether it’s their short attention span, or its the difficulty in breaking key concepts down to their level of comprehension, with kids, talking about serious issues is a delicate process. That’s why we have come up with some helpful tips to […]

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How to discuss sexting prevention with your teen

Being a teenager is hard. Between Balancing ‘finding yourself’, developing healthy interests and friendships, trying to physically grasp the concept of right & wrong, and basically being a grown-up child, it’s no surprise that a lot of teenagers have some form of identity crisis and look to others (the cool kids, the media, the internet) to tell them who they are. This is where we as parents should intervene. If you haven’t already or just didn’t do it right, here are some helpful tips to guide you in discussing sexting prevention with your teenagers.   How Do I talk to my teenager(s) about sexting? The sending of sexually charged content is mostly voluntarily done, the ideal way to reduce it […]

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How to discuss sexting prevention with your 7 – 12 year old

Adolescence is a tricky period. With learning a lot from school, home and developing same-sex friends, it is as confusing as it is impressionable. Even though some parents may think it’s early to have these types of talks with them, this is the ideal time.   With technology advancing as fast as it has, ignorance is no longer bliss for our kids. If we leave them without this knowledge, we leave them vulnerable to online predators’ attacks and allow them to be taught right or wrong from somewhere else, like the internet.   Here are some helpful tips to guide you in discussing sexting prevention with your “6-12-year-old”. So how do I talk to my child about sexting? The sending […]

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How do Kids See Sexting?

Ever heard about sexting? Well, apparently, it’s all the rage now. Stats say that at least 1 in 5 teens […]

Teen Code: Sexting Slang Manual for Parents (Part 1)

Have you even mistakenly come across your child’s chat history and come off totally lost? Do you feel as though […]

Teen Code: Sexting Slang Manual for Parents (Part 2)

The numerous ways our kids try to lock us out of their lives are evolving by the day. We just […]

This new form of sexting should worry all parents. Emoji Sexting: The New Trend

We now know a lot of the language our children use in sexy texting; we are finally up to date. […]

Everything parents need to know about Sexting

Since the advent of the internet, there have been things that have not caused concerned to parents. Unfortunately, this is […]

Why do teenagers sext?

Honestly, is there any reason why teenagers do things other than peer pressure? We have studied related research on the […]

Sexting has negative effects on your child’s mind.

Forget the fact that sexting is illegal in a lot of countries, or that it can lead to a lot […]

How to discuss sexting prevention with your under 6 year old

With our children becoming more tech-savvy by the day, playing iPad games before they know what games even are. They […]

How to discuss sexting prevention with your teen

Being a teenager is hard. Between Balancing ‘finding yourself’, developing healthy interests and friendships, trying to physically grasp the concept […]

How to discuss sexting prevention with your 7 – 12 year old

Adolescence is a tricky period. With learning a lot from school, home and developing same-sex friends, it is as confusing […]