Teen sexting chat
Risky behavior online can haunt a college applicant or job-seeker years later.
Many colleges and employers check online profiles looking for signs of a candidate's maturity — or giant red flags about bad judgment.
In seconds they can be out there for all the world to see.
If a compromising image goes public or is sent to others, your teen could be at risk of humiliation, embarrassment, and public ridicule.
Even worse, it could damage your teen's self-image and even lead to depression and other mental health issues. In some states, a teen could face felony charges for texting explicit photos or even have to register as a sex offender.
And teens get some backup for that when lewd celebrity pictures and videos go mainstream.
Instead of ruined careers or humiliation, the consequences are often greater fame and reality TV shows.
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