GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – The ability to send text messages and pictures has changed the way we communicate, but in many cases, it has caused some major problems for teenagers.
The number one problem? Sexting, which is when people send nude or sexually suggestive pictures through text messages.
Sexting can lead to serious consequences, such as being charged as a sexual offender. Local law enforcement has even seen a victim commit suicide over it.
Two class were held in Grand Junction to inform parents and community leads about the issue of sexting.
"Sexting and texting go so fast that all of a sudden, everybody in the school, everybody in the community can have that picture very quickly even though that was not your intent and you were thinking you were just sending it to your girlfriend or boyfriend," says Christopher Lobanov-Rostovsky, who is the director of Sex Offender Management Unit.
The goal of the meetings is to help parents understand the serious issues of sexting so they can help inform other parents and their kids.
It's also important to know that sending sexual images of a person under 18-- even if a teen is sending a photo of themselves--is illegal.