As a public service announcement, the Burlington Public Library would like to remind teens who are feeling the urge to sext, to reconsider and know that sexting could do potential harm to yourself and even others. Please reconsider before pushing ‘send’. One day, in the not too distant future, when sitting on the vulnerable side of the interview desk, you may be faced with a potential employer who has a less than appropriate picture of your nether regions taken eons ago, but taken and saved for prosperity, nonetheless, on that big world wide web. This could cause problems in obtaining a job or just be humiliating, to say the least.
On the even more serious side of this issue, in Washington state, sexting can result in state felony charges, including indecency with a child and creation, possession and distribution of child pornography. In the United States, it is against the law to possess lewd photographs of minors and a New York lawyer is petitioning for federal sexting legislation that would make sexting a misdemeanor for minors.
Be aware, sexting, besides being potentially embarrassing, may also be illegal. On the lighter side, here is a video with the same message; If you don’t want someone to “tweet your beets”, don’t sext!