While we understand that some people engage in sexting as part of their online dating life, meaning they may be sexting with strangers, we view it as high-risk behavior.We're not saying we condemn it, but we are saying it puts you at a much greater risk for having something bad happen.It's way better to voice those concerns now than after the fact.
Just as you might discuss STD testing and other issues related to health and safety with your sexual partners, you should also talk frankly about sexting before you do it.
Are you into flirty or dirty text messages only, or are pictures and videos on the table, too?
Just having a computer with a webcam can make you a target for so-called "sextortion." And sexting safely doesn't mean that your ex won't decide to publish your sexts because she or he is mad you broke up. You'll never be 100 percent protected from it, but you can do your part to not participate in it, and you can have that much-needed conversation with your sexting partners about your mutual responsibilities.
"When you receive a consensual sext, it is your responsibility to be a decent human being by never ever sharing it with anyone else," Moen told us.
And for some, such as couples in long-distance relationships, sexting can keep communication and sexual desire strong.
There are times when the rewards of sexting may outweigh the risks—it's up to you to decide.In fact, the services you use have a big role in the risks you take. Consent is Mandatory We asked Erika Moen, the cartoonist behind the sex positive webcomic Oh Joy, Sex Toy (which you can support via Moen's Patreon page), about her definition of sexting, and she added one important point."It's two adults consensually engaging in sexually arousing behavior," she told us via email.Let's be perfectly clear: Sexting will never be 100 percent safe.You'll always be taking some risk when you send or receive naughty messages, photos, or videos.And remember that they could be intercepted on your end, or your sexting partner's end. Anyone can take a screenshot of their phone or computer, or even use another device to take a picture of a screen.