Think before sharing pics.
Sending and sharing nudes might not seem like a big deal, but it’s become a huge problem. With 92% of girls who’ve sent nudes reporting that they didn’t actually want to send them, and 42% of teens who’ve received nudes re-sharing them, it’s leading to bullying, break-ups, suspensions from school, and, in some cases, suicide. Asking for nudes isn’t okay and sharing them is even worse. It’s time we all start saying ‘no’ to sharing nudes, and call out the people who are. Help us stop the share.
Fact or Cap
Knowing how to respond when someone requests a nude or sexual photo is hard. If the person asking you to take or share a nude with them is a stranger, it might be easiest to stop responding and block them. But, if it’s a friend, partner, crush, or classmate, you might be worried about how turning them down will affect your relationship, or how it will impact your reputation. Ghosting someone is almost impossible when you have to see them at school the next day.
That’s why, we’ve come up with two ways to reply when ignoring is not an option:
The direct way: Be matter of fact and say something like “Please stop sending me these messages”, “it makes me really uncomfortable”, or “I won’t be sending you any nudes/ I don’t want to see your nudes.”
The indirect way: Send them an off-topic image when they ask for a nude. This is a humorous and less confrontational way of saying to them “Every time you ask me for a nude, this is the type of pic you’re going to get. You’re never going to get a nude, so you might as well stop asking”.
For example: your crush asks you for a nude. Instead of sending them a naked picture of your body, send them an image of a bowl of noodles (get it, noods? lol), or a funny GIF.
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Children of the Street is dedicated to preventing the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children and youth in British Columbia. We achieve this goal through education strategies, public awareness initiatives, and family support. Children of the Street is a program of PLEA Community Services Society of BC.
We acknowledge that we work, live and play on the unseeded territories of the Kwiketlem, Tseil-Waututh, Sto:lo and Qayqayt peoples.