Are Social Networking Sites safe?
The social networking sites are great places to interact with others having similar tastes and attitudes. However, while having online chats be careful about the personal information you share with any one. Because of the anonymity these sites can offer to the user, there is a possibility of misuse of any information you share. The personal information can result in Identity theft and thus harassment as well as cyber bullying. In case anyone threatens you, report the matter to an adult whom you trust. You can also report online on this website.
Remember, that such antisocial persons are hitherto hidden sex offenders will work very hard to create a difference between you and your family and to gain your confidence and trust might sent you gifts and later refer explicit sexual material.
What are the dangers of Teen Sexting? How to be a responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communicator?
sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily between cell phones. It is not unusual and is being increasingly used by the teens.
Sexting is a result of advances in technology enabling new forms of social interaction. Newer technology allows photographs and videos to be shared, which are intrinsically more explicit and have greater impact. A social danger with sexting is that material can be very easily and widely promulgated, over which the originator has no control.
Increasingly, under pressures from friends, peers and even adults, the teenagers are becoming victims of sexting. Often it results in widespread distribution among colleagues, friends and family, resulting in embarrassment, harassment and blackmail.
As per the Information Technology Act, Section 67:
“Publishing of information which is obscene in electronic form.
Whoever publishes or transmits or causes to be published in the electronic form, any material which is lascivious or appeals to the prurient interest or if its effect is such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or hear the matter contained or embodied in it, shall be punished on first conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years and with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees and in the event of a second or subsequent conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years and also with fine which may extend to two lakh rupees.”
Further the Indian Penal Code section 292, whosoever,
(a) sells, lets to hire, distributes, publicly exhibits or in any manner puts intocirculation, or for purposes of sale, hire, distribution, public exhibition or circulation,makes, produces or has in his possession any obscene book, pamphlet, paper,drawing, painting, representation or figure or any other obscene object whatsoever,or
(b) imports, exports or conveys any obscene object for any of the purposes aforesaid, or knowing or having reason to believe that such object will be sold, let to hire, distributed or publicly exhibited or in any manner put into circulation, or
(c) takes part in or receives profits from any business in the course of which he knows or has reason to believe that any such obscene objects are for any of the purposes aforesaid, made, produced, purchased, kept, imported, exported, conveyed, publicly exhibited or in any manner put into circulation, or
(d) advertises or makes known by any means whatsoever that any person is engaged or is ready to engage in any act which is an offence under this section, or that any such obscene object can be procured from or through any person, or
(e) offers or attempts to do any act which is an offence under this section, shall be punished 140[on first conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, and with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees, and, in the event of a second or subsequent conviction, with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years, and also with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees.
Thus remember, if you indulge in sexting in any manner whatsoever, you are committing an offence. Be responsible and think of the consequences. Counsel you peers as well as other youngsters in the family.
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