Most teenagers today know what “Snapchat” is or have used it. “Snapchat” is an application on any smartphone that sends pictures or videos for ten seconds or less to anyone of their friends that have “Snapchat”. This past fall, that app was used in an indecent way. Multiple girls from Ridgewood High School in New Jersey sent nude photos to boys using the application “Snapchat”. It gets worse; the male students who received these photos then took screenshots of the photos and posted them on the all too familiar site “Instagram”. Anyone with the photos had a so called “amnesty period” until Monday to delete the photos from any electric device or they would have charges pressed against them.
We always hear adults say teenagers think they are invincible, but let’s face it, we aren’t. We do stupid things everyday. Maybe some don’t affect us as much, but what these girls did will affect them forever. Sending a naked picture to anyone whether it’s online, or sealed in an envelope and sent in the mail, is a stupid decision. No boy will respect you for doing this, you’re just degrading yourself. Not only can someone ruin their reputation at school, they can ruin their life.
“Sexting” a minor even if you are also a minor is considered child pornography and a person can face up to ten years in jail and pay a fine up to 150,000 dollars. If convicted they can be registered as a sex offender. This can affect a person’s life when trying to apply for jobs, college, and even going on a date. Not many people want to get involved with sexual offenders. Sexting is a stupid decision that will mess up the rest of your life. If you have “Snapchat”, use it for sending funny pictures of you and your other friends not pictures of yourself naked. If people can’t use it correctly, they don’t deserve to use it.