Natrona County Sheriff’s Office Warns About The Dangers Of Sexting [VIDEO]
Sexting is something that can come back to haunt someone days, months or even years down the road.
Sexting is sending and receiving sexually explicit messages and photos usually through mobile devices, usually done by teens, and many times there's more than just a picture or a message.
Sergeant Aaron Shatto with the Natrona County Sheriff's Office says sometimes the mobile device taking the picture, may also record the time, date and GPS location where the picture was taken, and you may not know it's happening.
"Individuals who somehow obtained the photographs and have computer knowledge using available software, can read and interpret the data from the photograph itself. This means they can possibly find out one's location and even the name of the person who the cell phone belongs to"
And just when you think a picture has been deleted from a phone, computer hard drive or server, it may not be gone for good.
"The information sent to the social media site can stay on the computer servers for quite sometime. Social media sites and their computer servers can be hacked by individuals seeking to steal that data, including the photograph taken by the sender."
Sergeant Shatto says teens may sext as a way of either trying to fit in with a group, or because of peer pressure.
Parents are encouraged to talk to their children regarding the dangers and repercussions of sexting.